National Museum of American History

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

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:30 p.m. (EST)





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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.


Join the Student Sit-Ins
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019, 12:30 and 2:30 P.M.

Venue American History Museum
Location Unity Square, 2 West Wing
Cost Free!
Accessibility Assisted listening devices
Wheelchair accessible

How did student activists participate in the ongoing process of building America?

The centerpiece of Coulter Unity Square, this play contextualizes the Greensboro Lunch Counter as an icon of the civil rights movement and an emblem of the transformative power Americans have to create the nation in which they want to live. The 30 minute interactive play transports visitors to a nonviolent protest training session a few weeks after the original sit-in that occurred at the F. W Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. Exploring the intersection of race, civic activism, music and religious inspiration, this program sets the stage for a conversation about how we all can shape the future of America.

Saturday at 12:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.

Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur.

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


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