The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

Close photograph of podium with presidential seal

Note to visitors: due to construction, parts of The American Presidency are closed through late February. We apologize for the disruption.


This exhibition explores the personal, public, ceremonial, and executive actions of those individuals who have occupied the United States' highest office. More than 900 objects, including national treasures from the Smithsonian’s vast presidential collections, bring to life the role of the presidency in American culture.

Exhibition Website

The exhibition's companion website gives visitors the opportunity to experience all of the objects and stories featured in The American Presidency—and more, including teacher resources and reference materials.