American Enterprise

The American Enterprise exhibition chronicles the tumultuous interaction of capitalism and democracy that resulted in the continual remaking of American business—and American life. Visitors can trace the country’s development from a small, dependent agricultural nation to one of the world’s most vibrant economies.

American Enterprise

How does American business affect you? How and why has it changed since the United States began? Come explore stories of business men and women who have changed the world. See hundreds of intriguing objects that illustrate transformations in society. Think about how Americans have mixed capitalism and democracy, in an effort to balance individual opportunity and the common good.


Begin the tour in front of the wooden cart, just past the entrance.