American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life.
Construction of the Inka Road stands as one of the monumental engineering achievements in history.
From a young age, most Americans learn about the Founding Fathers, but are told very little about equally important and influential Native diplomats and leaders of Indian Nations. T
Our Universes focuses on indigenous cosmologies—worldviews and philosophies related to the creation and order of the universe—and the spiritual relationship between humankind and the natural world.
This display explores the ways medicine was applied on the battlefield as well as highlighting important wartime advances in medical science.
This display is one of the special cases that highlight anniversaries, views into the collections, and research findings.
The display features 16 posters from the early 20th century including a World War I poster and posters from Mather and Co. and the Parker-Holladay Co.
The exhibition explores this history through the Executive Order 9066 document on loan from the National Archives; original artwork by Roger Shimomura, who spent several years in the Minidoka Camp in Idaho; historic images; and objects.
View the American Revolution through a global lens in The American Revolution: A World War, which examines the 1781 victory at Yorktown and the Franco-American partnership that made it possible.
Journey though the history of the United States to learn how transportation changed American lives and landscapes. See behind-the-scenes stories about collecting and preparing objects for the exhibition.
America’s national treasures come to life in this compelling exhibition that examines the bold experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
The exhibition’s companion website gives visitors the opportunity to experience all of the objects and stories featured in American Enterprise.
American Stories highlights the ways in which objects and stories can reinforce and challenge our understanding of history and help define our personal and national identities. T
The museum’s new wing themed on American Culture begins in the gateway with America’s Listening,
This display features artistic industries as varied as publishing and pottery from the 1830s to the 1930s through three lenses: learning, working, and selling.
The display also includes objects that speak to the evolution of these forms, as citizen bucket brigades gave way to organized volunteer companies, which were eventually supplanted by paid municipal departments.
The exhibition features more than two dozen gowns from the Smithsonian’s almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, including those worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.
The public will be invited to take a seat at a large, communal table in the center of the exhibition to share their own thoughts and experiences about food and change in America.
The map shows troop locations on the western front the very day armistice was reached. Under Pershing’s command, two million American soldiers helped break the stalemate in Europe and win the war for the Allies.