Summer Virtual Field Trip: Native Expression – The Art of Totem Poles

July 22, 2021

Native Americans created and used many shapes, designs, colors, and materials as an expression of their cultures and identities. Native art designs became a way to communicate tribal and family […]

Girlhood & Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage at the National Museum of American History

June 24, 2021

Girlhood (It’s complicated)  Closes Jan. 2, 2023 Second Floor, West While the nursery rhyme tells us that girls are “made of sugar and spice and everything nice,” history demonstrates that […]

Americans

May 27, 2021

How did American Indians become national and commercial symbols? Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names and stories in “Americans” highlight the ways in which American Indians have been […]

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire


If you’ve ever crossed a suspension bridge, you’ve used Andean Indigenous technology. Open through June 27, “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire” explores the foundations of the Inka Road […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Reopening

May 14, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, reopen to the public Friday, May 14. This is the second reopening of the museum following closures on […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Virtual Fellows Lectures

May 12, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Thursday, May 13, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Friday, May 14, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Join the 2020–2021 class of Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows as […]

At Home) On Art and Everyday Life: Artist Talk With Rachel Harrison

April 21, 2021

Wednesday, April 21; 12 p.m. ET Free, registration required for Zoom. Live stream also available on YouTube and Facebook Live. Rachel Harrison will be joined in conversation by art history professor Darby English, author of the […]

Museums: Still Closed, for the Most Part, But Not at Risk

August 13, 2020

NPR recently broadcast a story with the alarming headline: “One-Third Of U.S. Museums May Not Survive The Year, Survey Finds.”

July 4th at the National Archives

July 4, 2019

Join a tradition like no other: the annual Independence Day celebration at the National Archives in Washington, DC – home of the original Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and […]

History Happy Hour with Derek Brown

June 15, 2019

Join the National Archives for an afternoon of cocktails and discussion with area mixologist and author Derek Brown as he discusses his new book. The event will feature a cocktail […]