The museum has reopened! Free, timed-entry passes are required for entry. Learn more and reserve passes.

Director's Welcome

Anthea Hartig
Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D.
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History

Warmest greetings and bienvenidos! 

The fountain outside our museum has come to life and our doors are once again open. As soon as we offered our free, timed-entry passes for this next month, visitors from 49 states and 14 countries signed up! As we welcome all, the Smithsonian is placing health and safety at the forefront. When you visit, please remember to wear your mask inside the building, as face coverings are required for everyone age two and above. 

As the country begins to cross to the other side of one of the most difficult public health crises in memory, we acknowledge our many communities that continue to be impacted by the pandemic’s cascading effects. In the spirit of mutual understanding, we co-hosted We Are American and We Stand Together: Asian American Resilience & Belonging. Within the program, we highlight our Asian American and Pacific Islander collections.

This summer, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd will fill our museum, with the July 2 opening of ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues/En los barrios y las grandes ligas. Women’s history continues to be celebrated with the new Picturing Women Inventors joining Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage and Girlhood (It’s complicated) exhibitions.

Whether you come through the door or through our popular portal,, I know that you will find a story that resonates with you, and that together we can create a more informed, just, and compassionate future.  


Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D.
The Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History