About a month after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, I received a phone call from a colleague asking if I wanted to take a trip up to New...
The history behind a single object can often tell many stories. In 2004 the museum acquired a stock certificate from an early Internet...
In moments of crisis, our first thoughts are usually to get in contact with the people we love. September 11, 2001, was a day when many...

Blog Posts in "Video"

A yellowed page with black text announcing the "Grand Concert in aid of the Russian Jewish Refugees"
The arts are "a space where we can give dignity to others while interrogating our own circumstances," Darren Walker, president of the...
Joy Lyman is a Freedom School Scholar at the National Museum of American History. In the course of her work on the 2014 National Youth...
Portrait of Joseph Henry in suit
Today, scientists grapple with tension between two types of research: applied research that attempts to solve specific real-world problems...
Have you ever wished that you could go behind-the-scenes here at the National Museum of American History and explore our vast collection of...
Sparked by a photograph, staff member Christopher Wilson discusses his relationship with music that spans the generations. It's...
If you like history and museums, you might have taken a tour or two of a museum and thought about becoming a docent. What’s a docent, you...
Have you ever seen an American flag up close? I don’t mean the kind you can wave at parades. How about an American flag that’s 30 feet tall...
We are just at the beginning of several years of marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War; and we’ve still got a long way to go...
Photo of man wearing a black hat and brown coat. He faces camera with an anxious expression, his right hand raised as if swearing an oath.
An  actor portrays abolitionist John BrownThis summer, the National Museum of American History’s History Alive! Theater program...
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss this video of museum technician Drew Robarge examining a mysterious pair of eyeglasses for clues about their...
The National Quilt Collection had its beginnings in the 1890s when three quilts were included in a donation of 18th and 19th...
Editor's note: This blog is the second in a series of posts about the Jefferson Bible conservation project.How does knowing how...
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts about critical conservation work being conducted on the Jefferson Bible, a treasured...
Last month we asked you to vote on which historic car you’d most like to see on temporary display, and after 24,000 votes, the 1929 Miller...
“Time Trial of Benedict Arnold,” the museum’s new theater program, opened on December 27 to rave reviews! The program explores the...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is written by guest blogger Lynn Kessler, a writer and producer at Smithsonian Networks. "Seizing Justice: The...
Roger White is no Indiana Jones, but as an associate curator specializing in automobiles, he has hunted down his fair share of treasures....
This morning I had the pleasure of touring the museum with the grand prize winner of our national anthem singing contest, Jordan Shelton,...
Inside of Abraham Lincoln's watches reveals both its inner workings and engravings, including ""April 13, 1861 Fort Sumpter was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13, 1861 Washington" and "thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon."
A hush fell over the room as the watchmaker halted his work. A partially-dismantled pocket watch that once belonged to President Abraham...
Yesterday, we took you behind the scenes as curators worked to install the museum’s new entertainment, sports, and music exhibition. At the...
You know that moment when an idea suddenly strikes and—BOOM—there’s a new invention ready to change the world? No? Well, the museum’s...
A little over a month ago we shared video of the Star-Spangled Banner—the flag that inspired the national anthem—moving from the...
Political history curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird have been traveling to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since...