Complete coverage on

National Museum of American History

Do you remember your favorite school lunchbox? It may have featured an image of your favorite cartoon character, band, movie or TV show. (Mine was a 1978 "Muppet Show" lunchbox with a Kermit the Frog thermos inside it.)

Latest Stories

First ladies' gowns in new home at the Smithsonianupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 16:44:00

From bustles to silk chiffon with organza flowers and Swarovski crystals, the newly updated first ladies exhibition at the National Museum of American History is an extravaganza of frills and fashion.

Museum preserves history of 9/11 with details, objects from Flight 93updated: Mon Sep 05 2011 07:16:00

National Museum of American History Curator Peter Liebhold describes the day several years ago he spent going through shipping containers filled with debris from United Airlines Flight 93 as "overpowering," even though more than a year had passed since September 11, 2001, when the plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

How posters and badges spread civil rightsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 12:13:00

Rousing speeches by gifted orators such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were crucial to the struggle for civil rights in America.

Shipwreck exhibit stirs up storm at Smithsonianupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 07:58:00

Though they sit quietly beneath the waves, shipwrecks are a cause of much wrangling above the surface. The issue of underwater archaeology is clouded by concerns about treasure hunting, the safety of wrecks, and the sale of finds.

Auction of first edition of 'Star Spangled Banner' tops $500,000updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 13:29:00

A near two-century-old copy of "The Star Spangled Banner" sold for $506,500 Friday at Christie's auction house in Manhattan.

Original copy of 'Star Spangled Banner' up for saleupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 21:17:00

A nearly 200-year-old copy of "The Star Spangled Banner" is set to hit the auction block Friday at Christie's auction house in Manhattan.

It's easy being green at the Smithsonianupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 17:59:00

Forget red versus blue. The nation's capital is seeing green.

Smithsonian exhibit pays homage to Lincolnupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 09:41:00

One can only imagine the sights this hat has seen. Perched atop a man who towered over his peers at 6 foot 4 inches, this hat must have had quite a view.

Mementos of an American Iconupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 09:41:00

Photojournalist Bethany Swain takes us inside the new Lincoln exhibit at the Smithsonian with curator Harry Rubenstein. Michelle Obama's Gown Is Headed for the Smithsonianupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 17:01:00

The first lady's inaugural ensemble could go on display as early as this summer

Preston on Politics: Memorabilia helps preserve convention historyupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 10:58:00

The fireworks over Denver and balloon drop in St. Paul are distant memories of the 2008 presidential conventions, but Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird hope the handful of Democratic and Republican delegates who pledged to help preserve history keep their word.

Museum home to election historyupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 10:58:00

A Smithsonian collection of memorabilia from past political conventions records the rich history of election campaigns.

Smithsonian exhibit honors vets from Revolution to nowupdated: Thu Nov 11 2004 08:30:00

A new exhibit honoring the American sacrifice during wars that span the nation's history opened in Washington D.C. on Veterans Day.

We recommend