The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History is as large as it looks in the picture. The museum which opened in 1964 consists of 750,000 square feet, although not all of it is display space. In addition to the three levels for displays there is a basement, two office-administrative levels and a mechanical area on the roof. The ongoing exhibits include:
Holidays on Display
Invention Case: Hot Spots of Invention
Invention Case: Toying with Invention
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
America on the Move
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
Artifact Walls – Cameras Before Digital
Artifact Walls – Creating Hawai’i
Bon Appétit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian
Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America
First Ladies at the Smithsonian
Invention at Play
Lighting a Revolution—Electricity Hall
National Treasures of Popular Culture
On the Water: Stories from Maritime America
Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
Science in American Life
The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem
Stories on Money
Taking America to Lunch
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Within These Walls . . .
And there are various changing exhibits as well.
Many people who visit the museum are particularly interest in an article displayed as part of the National Treasures of Popular Culture exhibit. That article, articles really, are the red sequin shoes know as the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. In 1979 these shoes were donated to the museum anonymously, and they are one of the most asked about treasures in the museum.
Click Ruby Slippers for a StationStart.com entry that provides more detailed information on Dorothy’s ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.
Click Wizard of Oz to see a StationStart.com entry that summarizes information about the Wizard of Oz in and around Washington DC.
Click Museum of American History Website to visit the website of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History Website.
The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Closest Metro Station: The Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Constitution Avenue NW entrance to the museum, but the Smithsonian Metro Station, also on the Blue and Orange Lines, is only a little bit further from the National Mall entrance to the museum.