National Museum of American History

1300 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560 - United States



Smithsonian Museum

Free Everyday

The National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. We take care of everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Our collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history.

Our exhibitions explore major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day. The Museum hosts a full roster of public programs, from demonstrations, lectures, and tours to immersive live theater experiences.


Women’s History at NMAH
Stir the pot with Julia Child in “FOOD: The Transformation of the American Table 1950-2000” and imagine driving cross-country to rev up support for women’s suffrage in the Winton Touring Car in “America On the Move” on first floor east. Hail women entrepreneurs in “American Enterprise” and discover innovative women in “Places of Invention” on first floor west. Follow two centuries of families in “Within These Walls”, learn how women won the right to vote in “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith” and the impact of immigrant women at the turn of 20th to 21st century in “Many Voices, One Nation” on second floor west. Visit “The First Ladies” and honor “Uniformed Women in the Great War” on the third floor. Take a selfie by the Lego Statue of Liberty at the entrance to Eat at America’s Table Cafe on the lower level.

Download or pick up a copy the “HerStory!” self-guided tour (all ages) to discover stories celebrating women. Locations of some of the objects may have changed. Guides are available in English and en Español.

Explore our interactive spaces “Wegman’s Wonderplace” and the “Draper Spark!Lab” on first floor west, and “American Experiments” in Unity Square on second floor west. Help the museum develop a new exhibit by playing a card sort activity on Women and Sports, in front of the “Inventions at Play” exhibition on first floor west.

Additional Information & Links
– To learn more about women’s history in America visit our women’s page.
– To explore our exhibitions, view our exhibitions page.
– To discover public programs, view our events page.
– For accessibility information, visit our accessibility page.

For additional information or to make a request, please call 202-633-3717 or email


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