American Stories

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Sketch of the set for the National Museum of History and Technology exhibit "Ten Years of Sesame Street" (1979) painted by Alan Compton, Sesame Street set designer

Collecting la fiesta de quince años

Natalia Flores’s pink quinceañera gown

While the Ruby Slippers step out, two swashbuckling props step in

Brown fedora with brown ribbon band

Star Wars: The Force is strong with this museum

Photo of a record album with Chewbacca in the snow

Miss Piggy Joins Kermit the Frog at the Smithsonian

The National Museum of American History received a new donation of more than 20 Jim Henson puppets and props on the anniversary of his birthday—Sept. 24, 1936—from the Henson family. Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show, Bert and Elmo from Sesame Street, and Red Fraggle and Traveling Matt from Fraggle Rock are among the new additions. They will join the museum’s current Jim Henson Collection, which includes Oscar the Grouch, Kermit the Frog and the cast of Sam and Friends.

Something WICKED This Way Comes


A special performance from the award-winning musical WICKED marks the donation and display of Elphaba costume at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Monday, Dec. 17
11:15 a.m. (Camera setup begins at 11 a.m.)

Flag Hall
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Madison Drive

National Museum of American History Continues Transformation with West Exhibition Wing Plans

The west wing exhibition spaces of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History are about to undergo an extensive $37 million renovation beginning this month. The construction work on the 127,000-square-foot space will be completed by Grunley Construction Company Inc. of Rockville, Md. The Philadelphia-based architectural firm EwingCole prepared the design and engineering plans for the museum. During the estimated two-and-a-half-year construction project, the center core and east wing of the museum will remain open.

Smithsonian Ruby Slippers Depart for London's Victoria and Albert Museum on Loan to New "Hollywood Costume" Exhibition

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will loan its pair of the famous Ruby Slippers Judy Garland wore in the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz for six weeks. The slippers will reunite with Dorothy’s blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress in a new exhibition called “Hollywood Costume” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London opening Oct. 20. This is the first time the slippers have travelled to Europe and the first time Garland’s dress and shoes have been reunited since filming completed in 1938.

American Stories

American Stories featured an engaging mix of artifacts from the museum’s vast holdings to tell stories about the country’s history. Through more than 100 objects, visitors followed a chronology spanning the Pilgrims’ 1620 arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts, through the 2008 presidential election.

“American Stories” Exhibition Opens at National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open a signature exhibition, “American Stories,” April 12 that takes visitors on a journey through time by telling both well- and little-known stories about the American experience.