Food & Stores

Learn where to eat, shop, and play during your visit to the museum.


Eat at America’s Table Cafe

Lower Level
Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eat at America's Table

The main eatery for the National Museum of American History is Eat at America’s Table, serving a changing menu of American regional cuisine. Current selection includes burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, chili dogs, a variety of salads, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages. Self-serve by weight $16.95/lb.; cash and credit cards accepted.

American Table Station

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this delicious menu of Salvadorian food from Chef David Lazo.

Filete de Pescado en Salsa de Loroco 
loroco seared South American sword fish filet

Bistec Encebollado
grilled sirloin steak topped with sauteed onions

Ensalada de Papas
potato salad

Ensalada de Coditos
macaroni salad

jasmine rice and red kidney beans

Pipianes en Crema
creamy summer squash

Fresco de Pina 
Pineapple agua fresca

LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe

1 Center
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe

A quick stop in the LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe will leave you refilled and refreshed. Enjoy a specialty coffee, cold drink, light lunch, or delicious pastry. You’ll appreciate the wonderful music and photos from our collection, also!


Chicken & andouille gumbo
Gumbo z’herbes, classic lenten inspired green vegetable gumbo
Crisp shrimp po’boy


Steamed Carolina rice


Warm Bananas Foster bread pudding 


Main Museum StoreMain Museum Store
1 Center
(202) 633-7400

This vast 6,000-square-foot store is centrally located on the first floor. Visitors may browse through merchandise inspired by the museum’s collection, apparel, home accessories, ornaments, personalized leather bracelets, jewelry, books and the most incredible selection of socks! 

Mall Museum StoreMall Museum Store
2 Center

Located at the Mall entrance to the Museum, the Mall Store is the best place for museum souvenirs, a trendy accessory, fun jewelry and a snack to keep you fueled for your next museum visit. Be there or be square.

Mall Museum StoreEntertainment Nation Pop-up Shop
3 West

Visit our new Entertainment Nation exhibit and then pop by the pop-up store. You can remember your visit and learn a lot more from our book Entertainment Nation: How Music, Television, Film, Sports and Theater Shaped the United States or pick up a tee, tote, mug, socks, or charm from your favorite movie, TV show, sport, or character. The shop is almost as much fun as the exhibit! 

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Other Fun Things

Ride Simulators
Lower Level

Climb aboard an interactive "time-traveling" simulator and accomplish various mission objectives in historic aircraft. Choose from a selection of fighter planes or popular racing planes from aviation’s golden age. Take to the skies as you climb, dive, and roll 360-degrees!

Penny Smashers
Lower Level, 1 Center, 1 West, 2 Center

Create a terrific personalized souvenir of your visit to the Smithsonian. Collect all 16 pennies and 4 medallions of your favorite museum objects.