Highlights of American History

March 25, 2017

Special notice: The ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz are off display temporarily on a routine visit to the conservation lab. For a few weeks only, the Scarecrow costume worn by actor Ray Bolger will be shown in their place in our American Stories exhibition.

Welcome to your National Museum of American History! The Museum is open every day except Dec. 25. Admission is free.

Museum Renovation

Some areas of the Museum are closed due to the upcoming renovation of our west exhibition wing, and some popular objects may be off display. Use the links below to check on the latest information.

Visit the Welcome Center

Start your visit at the Nina and Ivan Selin Welcome Center for information to help you plan your day at the Museum. Here you can find out what programs are happening that day or pick up a map. If you have a specific question or need assistance, ask one of our friendly visitor services staff.


Lead your own tour through the highlights of the Museum! Guides are available below in .pdf format. Selected guides are also available for pickup at the information desks. PLEASE NOTE: Items may have been moved or taken off display. Please ask at the information desk if you need assistance.

Daily Programs

From interactive carts to spotlight tours, there are experiences for you to encounter every day.


Visit the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem. Other exciting displays feature diverse topics from technology to politics to popular culture.

Learning Spaces

and are great spaces for young learners. Note that these spaces are open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays.

Source: americanhistory.si.edu
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