Media Advisory: Dolby Gateway to Culture Opens Oct. 19

Ruby Slippers Return to View at the National Museum of American History

WHAT:       The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will host a press open house for
                     the opening of the “Ray Dolby Gateway to Culture” featuring the “America’s
                     Listening” exhibit and the return of the Ruby Slippers. Eight installations on this floor tell a
                     story centered on sound, stage, stadium and screen.
WHEN:       Wednesday, Oct. 17
                     9:30 a.m.–noon
WHERE:    Third floor west
                     Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
                     Madison Drive (Mall) entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
WHO:         Exhibition curators
The “Ray Dolby Gateway to Culture” brings visitors into a series of eight installations beginning with “America’s Listening,” which explores the experience of recorded sound. Also featured:
  • A 14-foot stained-glass window from the Victor Company’s Camden, New Jersey, headquarters is the Culture Wing’s landmark object. It features the iconic image of “Nipper” the dog listening to his master’s voice.
  • The Nicholas F. and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music seats 180 and displays highlights from the museum’s jazz and classical instrument collections in its side lobbies.
  • A 1923 Yankee Stadium ticket booth showcases baseball as one of the country’s favorite pastimes.
  • Two new acquisition cases will open with a costume from The Handmaid’s Tale and DJ equipment from Steve Aoki.
  • The iconic Ruby Slippers are displayed in a gallery that evokes the Emerald City with the scarecrow hat and a loaned prop magic wand used in a photo shoot to promote the film The Wizard of Oz.
Note to press: Media must RSVP by emailing
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Media only:
Laura Duff
(202) 633-3129;
Melinda Machado
(202) 633-3129;