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National Museum of American History

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Aerial view of the National Museum of American History following a six inch snowfall.

Reopening the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
After a two-year renovation, the museum reopened to the public on Nov. 21, 2008 with a three-day festival. Take a peek inside the museum for a look at some of the festivities and get a glimpse of the new exhibitions and spaces that await your visit. Museum now open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Dec. 25.

National Museum of American History

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The north facade of the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. View is from Constitution Avenue. Fountains are visible in front of the Museum and the Washington Monument in right rear.

National Museum of American History

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Exterior view of the Mall side of the National Museum of American History, July 1, 1982. The view shows how light and shadow are used by the architect to create architectural detail on a starkly modernist facade.

Welcome to the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
This video provides an overview of the iconic artifacts, stimulating exhibitions, engaging programs, and other amenities visitors encounter on a visit to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. For more information please visit http://americanhistory.si.edu.

Hall of Music Preview - National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Renovation plans at the National Museum of American History include a new Hall of Music that will provide a home for the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and other American musical expressions. In this video, our chamber musicians join Director John Gray to provide a sneak peek. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/renovation.

Los Texmaniacs visit the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
When Grammy Award winning group, Los Texmaniacs, visited the museum they reflected on music history and performed "El Pan De Teresa" for visitors.

Vince and Larry Crash the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Among the objects accepted into the National Museum of American History collections on July 14, 2010, are the original "Vince and Larry" crash-test dummy costumes that appeared in public-safety campaigns nationwide from 1985 through 1998. To mark the 25th anniversary of these award-winning public service announcements, Vince and Larry, played by the original actors Tony Reitano and Whitney Rydbeck, "crashed" into the ceremony. Learn more: http://americanhistory.si.edu/news/pressrelease.cfm?key=29&newskey=1165

Ask a Farmer at the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Ask A Farmer connects museum visitors to farmers nationwide for real-time conversations about American agriculture. This video highlights three panel discussions on the topics of Women in Agriculture, Family Farms, and Latinos in Agriculture. Curious to learn more? Visit s.si.edu/AskAFarmer

Chladni Plate Demonstration from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on the plate developed by the 18th century scientist Chladni whose instruments create visual representations of wave patterns. This is the fourth video in a series of five.

Making the most of History Day at the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
On one wonderful day each June, the museum opens 50 new exhibits from a special group of guest curators: budding historians who are the state level winners of the National History Day competition.

#FantasticObjects Tweet Up with National Museum of American History!

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Join us for a Tweet Up with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Libraries! Friday, August 7, 9:00-10:30 A.M. (EDT). To celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 10 lucky Twitter followers will have the opportunity to experience a special tour of two of the more »

Las Cafeteras go behind the scenes at the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Las Cafeteras goes behind the scenes in our collections room, exploring some musical history and sharing a song of their own.

Jim Henson Family donation to the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
On September 24, 2013, the Jim Henson Family donated more than 20 puppets and props to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Many of the donated puppets are the first constructions of these characters and represent Henson's work in early television commercials and shows that include "The Muppet Show" (1976-1981), "Fraggle Rock" (1983-87) and "Sesame Street" (1969--present). The donation ceremony featured family and associates of Jim Henson as well as Museum staff.

Introduction to Acoustics Instruments from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on the history of acoustics during the 18th and 19th centuries, including demonstrations of wave models, tuning forks, sirens, resonators, and the Chladni plate. This is the first video in a series of five.

May the 4th - Droids visit the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
On May 4, 2018, members of the DC R2D2 Builders Club visited the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History with their droids. Along with thousands of visitors, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton came out to say hello. May the Fourth be with all of you! Chee Zee Lab - Netherworld Shanty by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100683 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Musician José Feliciano donates his guitar to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
José Feliciano will remain forever celebrated for his perennial Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad," one of his many hit recordings that have resulted in 45 Gold and Platinum records and eight Grammy awards. His launch to stardom began 50 years ago, with his hit 1968 recording of "Light My Fire," but it was not until his appearance at a baseball game later that fall that he truly became a household name. He was asked to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Detroit's Tiger Stadium. He crafted the most beautiful, and meaningful, rendition that he could imagine. He was only 23 at the time, and his interpretation of the anthem was unexpected, new, different, and vital.

Introduction to Wave Models from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses models used to represent the movement of sound waves, including demonstrations of wave models by Kohl, Ricky, and Crova, as well as a projected lantern wave model. This is the second video in a series of five.

Introduction to Tuning Forks from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses the science behind and uses for tuning forks, including demonstrations of tuning forks on resonators, the Grand Tonometer, a medical tuning fork, and a beats apparatus. This is the third video in a series of five.

Introduction to Resonance With Artifacts from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on instruments that showcase acoustics resonance, including tuning forks on resonator boxes, matching resonators, Helmholtz resonators, and a resonator on a brass cup. This is the fifth video in a series of five.

Lutron Electronics donates 50 years of company history to National Museum of American History

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The donation includes an early version of the original solid-state Capri dimmer manufactured by Lutron in September 1964. Also part of the donation is a retail display featuring the fully functional dimmer and other Lutron dimmers and lighting-control systems that show developments at the company over the past 50 years.

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