Our museum is temporarily closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Notes from the Director

Anthea Hartig
Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D.
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History

Warmest Greetings.

Thank you for visiting the website of your National Museum of American History. These are surely uncertain and trying times. Like many arts organizations and museums, our doors are closed, but our hearts and minds are open. I pledge that we will continue to serve you, our valued audiences and supporters, and find even more creative ways in which to do so.

As the country continues to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects across all facets of our lives, please allow me to share a few words of inspiration. The indefatigable Eleanor Roosevelt, who guided Americans through the Great Depression and World War II, said we need to “accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”

Unfortunately, we cannot answer at this time when our museum will reopen or when we can reschedule programming. However, I can promise that we will continue to use this site and all of our social media channels to provide you with compelling and inspiring content. In addition, free learning resources for K-12 and enhanced access to our education specialists will continue to be accessible.

Watch a video message from museum director Anthea Hartig (April 29, 2020)

Our e-newsletter is one way that we can stay in good touch and includes the latest updates from the nation’s history museum. You can sign up here. I believe you will find it a useful resource and a helpful companion in these challenging times. Your input is important to us, as well. If you have any topics you would like us to feature on the website or story ideas for the e-newsletter, please send your thoughts to nmahprograms@si.edu.

Thank you for sharing your passion for American History with us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and you can also follow me at @amhistdirector.

With all my best,

Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D.
The Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History