In the event of a government shutdown, American History will remain OPEN through at least Saturday, October 7, by using prior year funds. Visit for updates.

LGBTQ History

Making history happen: Reflecting on DACA and its impact

Graduation cap, gown, rainbow-colored stole, and costume wings in the pattern of Monarch butterfly wings. The top of the cap is decorated with flowers and  has a message, "I am one of those people Mexico sent."

We Belong Here

Marking the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that unintentionally helped bring equality to sports, this display illuminates three athletes’ stories.

Servant of God: How a 1960s magazine addressed gay men’s spiritual needs

Detail from the cover of the magazine, ONE: The Homosexual Viewpoint, with a black-and-white illustration of the Biblical Magi

For the Love of Freedom: An Inspirational Sampling

In 2020, against the background of the nation's intersecting viral and racial crises, the museum created an outdoor display centered on the rights granted by the First Amendment. The project's centerpiece was a set of banners featuring civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, complemented by a number of other inspirational civil rights-related quotes on the museum grounds.

The story behind the photograph: Gay Dads Kissing, 1983

Girlhood (It's complicated)

Girlhood (It's complicated) explores how girls have been on the front lines of social and cultural change.

A place at the park: LGBTQ+ inclusion and skateboarding


The most radical thing about Stonewall wasn’t the uprising

Reading the rainbow: The origins of the pride symbol

Multiple rainbows flag items