The museum will reopen to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021. Free, timed-entry passes will be required for entry and will be available beginning on Friday, May 14.

Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History

This exhibition documented the origins of the National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology from 1964-80) and considered what those beginnings mean for the Museum today and into the future. The 50th-anniversary display focused on the Museum, circa 1964, as it was originally conceived, designed, and built. It also took a look through the past five decades to see how the Museum evolved and transformed into what it is today.

This video provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the exhibit.