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Contact Information

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Please note: All comments to the National Museum of American History are read and we do our best to respond. However, due to the volume of comments we receive we cannot respond to all inquiries.

The information below will help you to direct your inquiry to the most appropriate contact. Before sending your request, please see if the information can be found on one of the following pages:

General Inquiries
For general questions or comments about the museum and its offerings that don't fit into one of the categories below, our Visitor Services staff will direct your inquiry.
Email contact form

Lost and Found
Web: Smithsonian Lost and Found
Phone (museum security office): (202) 633-3960

Media Relations and Press Events
Current press releases, fact sheets, and more.
Web: Press Room
Phone: (202) 633-3129
Email contact form

School Group Field Trips
Enjoy our daily programs, exhibitions and self-guides. Reservations are NOT required. (Note: when calling the number below, please allow three business days for a reply.)
Web: Plan your field trip
Phone: (202) 633-3717

Classroom Resources
Find free standards-based online PK-12 resources from the museum.
Web: Smithsonian’s History Explorer
Email contact form

Image Rights and Reproductions
Request permission to use museum content or order high quality images.
Web: Rights and Reproductions page

Object Loans
Information for qualified institutions about our loan policies and procedures.
Web: Loan Program page
Phone: (202) 633-3879
Email contact form

Special Events
Information on renting space at the museum for your event.
Web: Special Events page
Phone: (202) 633-3306
Email contact form

Financial Support
Private philanthropy is critical to the National Museum of American History’s mission.
Web: Membership and Giving
Phone: (202) 633-1841
Email contact form

Learn about the wide variety of opportunities to contribute to the work of the museum as an intern.
Web: Internship Program page
Mailing Address:
Intern and Fellows Program
P.O. Box 37012
AHB 1040, MRC 605
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Email contact form

Become a docent and work with the public or volunteer behind the scenes in the museum.
Web: Volunteer Opportunities page
Mailing Address: Docent Coordinator
National Museum of American History
Kenneth E. Behring Center
Department of Education for Interpretation and Visitor Experience
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 603
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Email contact form

Museum Website
For questions about the National Museum of American History's online resources or to report a problem.
Email contact form

General Smithsonian Information
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo. For information relating to other parts of the Smithsonian outside of our museum, try the following.
Web: Smithsonian Website
Phone: (202) 633-1000