America on the Move

Preston Tucker's sedan: Showcasing a beautiful business failure

Photograph of the Tucker sedan on display on the museum floor

When tail fins made waves

Photograph of a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz taillight assembly, 1959

1997 EV1 Donated to the National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has acquired a silver-blue, 1997 ‘Generation I’ General Motors EV1 for its transportation collections. The museum received the electric vehicle, a selection of archival material and supporting artifacts as gifts from General Motors. The EV1 will be on display on the first floor of the museum until the end of April.

1965 Ford Mustang Coupe Donated to the National Museum of American History

A light blue 1965 Ford Mustang hardtop coupe has joined the transportation collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Mustang is the latest addition to the more than 70 automobiles in the collection, many of which are on display in the museum’s permanent exhibition “America on the Move,” which opened in November 2003. The Mustang will be on view in the first floor lobby from Dec. 8 through Jan. 3, 2005.

America on the Move

This major exhibition examines how transportation—from 1876 to 1999—has shaped our American identity from a mostly rural nation into a major economic power, forged a sense of national unity, delivered consumer abundance, and encouraged a degree of social and economic mobility unlike that of any other nation of the world.

“America On The Move” Exhibition Opens Nov. 22 at National Museum Of American History

Get your kicks on 40 feet of Route 66, commute on the Chicago “L” train, marvel at the massive 199-ton, 92-foot-long “1401” locomotive and find the kitchen sink in “America on the Move.” This new exhibition opens on Nov. 22 with a grand opening festival at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History beginning at Noon.

100 Years of Personal Electric Transportation Goes on View in the “America on the Move” Exhibition at the Smithsonian

The popularity of mass-produced electric or hybrid cars is recent, but the idea behind using electricity as a power source for cars is more than 100 years old. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will explore the history of the electric car from the early 20th century to the present in a new display as part of the “America on the Move” exhibition opening Oct. 27 through January 2012.