In 2017, in response to a slew of racist incidents in the Gayborhood, Philadelphia added black and brown stripes to the traditional six-...
With Pride Month celebrations recognizing LGBTQ history and culture throughout the country this June, what better way to highlight the...
As objects representing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning history enter the museum's collection today,...

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Editor’s note: This post is by Joan Brodsky Schur, an education consultant and participant in the August 3 opening panel discussion...
Photograph of miners posing around dynamo, around 1884
As a collection manager at the National Museum of American History, I often have access to things no one else gets to see, including the...
Somewhat late in the summer of 1784, James Smithson embarked on his first scientific expedition. This “expedition” might have seemed a bit...
Museums play an important role as gatekeepers to public memory, deciding which events and experiences to preserve so that we may never...
Detail of Bible text
Editor's note: This blog is the third in a series of posts about the Jefferson Bible conservation project.The Life and Morals of Jesus...
Good comedians make being funny seem effortless. But like any craft, comedy must be honed through relentless practice, organization, and...
David Allison’s recent blog post explaining the upcoming commemoration ends with the question, “How did September 11 change...
The National Quilt Collection had its beginnings in the 1890s when three quilts were included in a donation of 18th and 19th...
For most of us, September 11 is only a media event, lived vicariously through commentaries of journalists and designated “experts” who...
I love talking with inventors about their creative lives and careers. Better yet, I love speaking with them at their workplaces. There is...
What is a slide rule? As a product of the computer generation, my knowledge of these tools is virtually nonexistent. Recently, I had the...
Editor’s note; This post is one of a series exploring the 10th anniversary of September 11. Learn about the museum’s commemoration....
By the mid-20th century, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), an advocacy group representing the interests of manufacturers...
Editor’s note: This post is part of a series exploring the 10th anniversary of September 11. Learn about the museum’s commemoration....
Editor's Note: This is the fourth post in a series featuring additional context about "So Much Need of Service": The Diary...
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of weekly blog posts exploring the 10th anniversary of September 11. Learn about the...
When you read a textbook, glance at a grainy photograph of a legendary historical figure, or gaze at an artifact locked behind a...
As you wander through a museum, do you ever wonder about the story behind a collection or object? How did something so intriguing or...
Button with "National AIDS Vigil" text in white on black background
Editor's Note: This is the fifth post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning last June 3, the National...
As longtime players in the entertainment business and the two masterminds behind the critically acclaimed television series Rescue Me,...
Chromolithograph, from about 1893, of Columbus bidding farewell to the queen of Spain on his departure for the New World in 1492. Courtesy...
Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a series featuring additional context about "So Much Need of Service": The Diary of a...
The author conversing with visitors at the history cart. Every so often, I am reminded of why I love working at the National Museum of...
Photo of the museum
Fred Starobin, former museum volunteer.The other day, my mail included a card-sized letter. It was addressed simply to "Smithsonian...
Editor's Note: This post is part of a series to accompany Inventive Voices podcasts from the Lemelson Center for the Study of...
Louisa May Alcott. Courtesy of National Library of Medicine. “As no two persons see the same thing with the same eyes, my view of hospital...
I’ve written before about the sartorial trends of our teens and other groups of like-minded visitors, but the biggest clothing event here...
Writing a 5-digit ZIP code at the end of your mailing address may seem commonplace, but it wasn’t always that way. The United States Postal...
King Dragon menu, New York, NY, 1976. I recently delved into the museum’s newly acquired menu collection. My focus was a sub-set of the...
With over 3 million objects in our vast collections, the museum is only able to exhibit a fraction at any given time. Last week, a group...
Students at the hands-on history carts. On an evening earlier this month, the museum came alive with the bustle of 5,414 National History...
Quilt spread out with many people looking at it, some kneeling
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning on June 3, the National Museum...
Editor’s Note: Today's post is the last in a series about the museum's work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Caitlin Dichter is a Museum Studies...
When you work in a room with over 10,000 firearms and weapons every day, people will inevitably ask, "Which is your favorite gun?...
Lace veil on black background
This spectacular veil was handmade for Princess Stéphanie of Belgium for her wedding to Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf in 1881. It...
Lester R. Brown is the president of the Earth Policy Institute.Lester R. Brown is one of the few authors laying claim to an entire shelf...
The TalkBack Board at the museum. At the National Museum of American History, we want to know what you think—so we ask! Every day at the...
When sculptor Marc Mellon was commissioned to create the bust of philanthropist Kenneth E. Behring, the artist gladly took up the job and...
Spatulas, used by Julia Child, in her kitchen exhibit
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the fifth in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Lauren Anderson is a Museum...
Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Check out the companion website.Trading...
What better place to become an official U.S. citizen than at an American history museum?  During a special naturalization ceremony,...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the fourth in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Anneliese Bustillo is a...
A bowl where soap is being mixed by museum interpreters
Piqued by the innovation, resourcefulness, and ingenuity required in an era before washing machines did all the scrubbing for us, we...
Have you ever wondered why the exterior of the National Museum of American History looks the way it does? Architectural sketch of the...
It’s wedding season! With the recent royal wedding and my own daughter finalizing plans for her summer wedding, I’ve been asked by several...
Julia Child's notes in a book
Editor’s note: Today’s post is the third in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Christine Klepper is a Museum...
Color photograph of four people in which shirts, arms inter-linked, walking on or standing in street during daytime, parade crowd in background
Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning on June 3, the National Museum...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the second in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Amanda Browe is a Museum...

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