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Explore the digital resources on this page to learn more about African American history at the National Museum of American History.

Photo above: Marian Anderson performing at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. Scurlock Studio Records,... more

Through culture we explore what it means to be American. 

American culture—our entertainment, our art, and our creative expressions of daily life—has the power to captivate, inspire, and transform us. It brings us together—we share it when we... more

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can trace their histories to a region that spans more than half the globe. They have played key roles in shaping America's past, leaving an enduring impact in areas such as work, politics, culture, and law.... more

Because the history of disability is the history of people, it is layered with objects, innovation, struggle, emotion, drama, and surprise. The group “People with Disabilities” has always been the largest “minority” group in America. This reality... more

Exploring Food History Together

Through research, collections, exhibitions, and programs, the American Food History Project at the National Museum of American History invites everyone to join the conversation about food history and why it matters... more

Infectious Disease in American History 

Infectious disease, and our response to it, has shaped American history. The museum’s collections document the technologies and techniques employed to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious... more

The National Museum of American History contains many stories of innovation—and innovative things—that reflect the American peoples’ insatiable desire for game-changing ideas and new ways of doing things. From this page, you can discover... more

Latino history is American history. Latinos trace their origins to Latin America and other Spanish colonies, both in the Caribbean and in the contemporary United States. These groups include, but are not limited to, Indigenous, Mestizos, Afro-... more

June is Pride Month!

Gender, love, sexuality, and desire are among the most complicated areas of human history. Always varied, often hidden, and never static, LGBTQ+ stories are found across the museum’s collections.


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The Philanthropy Initiative collects, researches, documents, and exhibits materials relating to the history of American giving and convenes important conversations about philanthropy’s impact across a wide spectrum of issues.
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The Center for the Understanding of Religion in American History explores the influence of religion on every facet of life in the United States.

The root of the word religion means “to bind.” Throughout American history, religion has bound... more

Restorative History is a theory, a method, and a practice. It leverages the past to understand the root causes of historical harms and turns to community-based knowledge to define the best path forward.


An evolving legacy

After two decades, the nation continues to feel the lasting effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As we mark the 20th anniversary of that day, the Smithsonian’s National Museum... more

Experience The Nation We Build Together, with signature exhibitions and interactive experiences in our newly renovated second floor west wing.

Centered on the ideas and ideals of America, the exhibitions – American Democracy: A Great Leap... more

Understanding women’s history is integral to understanding the American experience. Although often underrepresented in recorded histories, women helped build the United States of America of today and women will help shape the United States of... more

The year 2018 marks the centennial of the Armistice ending the First World War. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this world-altering historical event marked the dividing line between historical and modern America. The war... more