Music blasts toward the audience as concertgoers dance to Steve Aoki's pounding bass rhythms and bright LED displays. The DJ throws cakes...
Wartime often catalyzes developments in philanthropy. In 2017, the museum added the Bowl of Rice party banner, from fundraising efforts to...
In April 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish American objects in our collections...

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Recently, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation partnered with ePals, an online network for K-12 students, parents...
Editor’s note: This is the third of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins, the...
How far would you drive to visit the National Museum of American History? When I first met Museum donor David Garrett, I was amazed to hear...
Grant Ichikawa being interviewed by Noriko Sanefuji
Editor’s note: This blog is the third in a three-part series on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Read about the...
Editor’s note: This is the second of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
Omar Eaton-Martinez started at the National Museum of American History in November as the new intern and fellows manager, ready to continue...
Editor's note: This is the first of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian's most treasured...
As a museum employee, I have come to appreciate the amount of work, time, and expense that goes into developing an exhibition. The current...
Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a three-part series on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.  The museum and the...
A group of casually dressed people stand around a table, holding hands
For the past four years, the museum’s History Alive! Theater Program has used theater in the museum as a tool to promote dialogue on...
Note: the Snowboarding Artifact Wall is now on view on the first floor of the Museum. The Superpipe is a 567 foot long, 22 foot deep, U-...
As an intern in the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History in the summer of 2010, I set out to survey...
I must admit I was skeptical. Very skeptical. As the new person tasked with finding compelling topics for Smithsonian...
Wedding gown with long sleeves and rouching
It’s Valentine’s Day and we sure do love history. On this day of cards, flowers, and chocolate, we wanted to take some time to celebrate...
With the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of designated...
Record album with black and white photo of the Beatles
Eric Jentsch in our Division of Culture and the Arts shares the story of the first Beatles concert in America, which took place right here...
 Jacket patch designed to look like a baseball with text: “World Monarchs Champions 1942”
While volunteering with the Smithsonian’s sports collection for the past three months, I ran across a jacket patch worn by the manager of...
Colt Armory DomeAs I drove down an unfamiliar street in Connecticut’s capital city, I wondered whether a self-guided tour of Hartford’s...
Editor’s note: Beginning February 4, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will bring quintessential American movies to the...
Editor’s note: Beginning February 4, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will bring quintessential American movies to the...
Editor's note: This post is the third of three submitted by students as part of a Museum Studies class co-taught by Shari Stout,...
Editor’s note: This blog is the second of a two-part series exploring the process of bringing early sound recordings to life for the first...
Editor’s note: This post is the second of three submitted by students as part of a Museum Studies class co-taught by Shari Stout,...
As far as anybody knows, Steve Jobs did not have a drop of Italian blood, even by osmosis from his adoptive parents. Yet he clearly had a...
Editor’s note: This blog is the first part of a two-part series exploring the process of bringing early sound recordings to life for the...
Editor’s note: This post is the first of three submitted by students as part of a Museum Studies class co-taught by Shari Stout, Collection...
How do you want to be remembered after you’re gone? People often wonder what kind of legacy they will leave behind. Wanda Shalett found an...
Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final installment in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition The First Ladies, which...
2011 was a remarkable year for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to...
Editor’s note: This blog is the third in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition The First Ladies, which opened on November 19...
As the year draws to a close, we like to look back at the blog posts you seemed to enjoy the most. This year we've added a few new...
Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition: The First Ladies, which opened on November...
This blog is reposted from the Smithsonian Collections Blog.This blog is a virtual exhibition, based on the small exhibition of original...
One of the perks of working in a museum is being able to commune with objects in the quiet hours of the morning before the doors open to...
The holidays are upon us, and in case you’re still hunting for that perfect gift for the history lovers in your life, we have some ideas:...
Julia Child's Kitchen
On December 3, the museum announced the temporary closing of Bon Appetit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian. The last day to see...
Editor’s note: This blog is the first in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition The First Ladies, which opened on November 19...
Paper repair
Editor’s note: This blog is the fifth in a series of posts about the Jefferson bible conservation project.After careful analysis, it was...
Person with gloves and specialized equipment and fact mask in lab setting
It’s been 30 years since the first cases of HIV and AIDS were reported and, since then, the disease has created a...
“At slow speeds it runs on battery power,” transportation curator emeritus William Withuhn explained during my first ride in his 2003...
“Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping goes into high gear—promises to start even earlier this year on Thursday,...
In the years prior to World War II, most Americans had limited first-hand experience of their southern neighbor. Mexico primarily was known...
Editor's note: Listen to Matthew Hersch discuss the history behind the development of the space suit. From early high altitude suits, to...
You probably know someone with a heart condition, someone who had a heart attack or even heart surgery. I know I do. According to the...
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...
Every year over a million visitors tour Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, site of the Civil War ...
On November 18-19, Moving Beyond Earth: Innovations in Space, the Lemelson Center’s symposium, held this year in collaboration with...
It’s a little tough to find a Civil War sock . . . that a few hundred people can touch each year. The museum does a lot of hands-on...

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