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National Museum of American History March Events

March 30, 2022 @ 8:00 am - March 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Great Americans” Medal Posthumous Presentation March 30; 6:30 p.m. ET Virtual Event, Free with Registration: 

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recognized for her groundbreaking commitment to gender equity and human rights, will posthumously receive the National Museum of American History’s signature honor, the “Great Americans” medal. Her children, Jane C. Ginsburg and James S. Ginsburg will accept the medal on their mother’s behalf. A significant selection of artifacts representing the justice’s Supreme Court career will be donated by her family during the virtual ceremony. This capstone Women’s History Month event will include video tributes, a short biographical film, remarks by benefactor David M. Rubenstein and the presentation of the medal by the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan Director Anthea M. Hartig. The ceremony will provide the first public reveal of the objects joining the nation’s collections. More information on the program and the “Great Americans” medal is at:


“Discovery and Revelation”Opens March 18, 2022; Closes March 31, 2023Nicholas F. and Eugenia Taubman GallerySecond Floor, West WingOne of the most significant factors in the development of spiritual traditions in the United States has been the interaction of religious ideas and communities with the scientific and technological advances that have shaped every generation. his exhibition will look at the intersections of religion and science from three centuries of American history, beginning with a 1721 controversy concerning smallpox and Puritan notions of divine judgement, and ending with encounters of technology and belief in the digital age. Artifacts on view will be drawn from across the museum and range from medicine and science objects related to the work of the theologian-chemist Joseph Priestley; technology collections related to Samuel Morse and his telegraph as well as objects illustrating recent research into religion and the brain. Objects on loan from other Smithsonian museums include a portrait of Henrietta Lacks and a letter written by Galileo; the National Library of Medicine is loaning 18th century pamphlets and Benjamin Franklin’s Lightning Rod is on loan from the Franklin Institute. “Muppets Take American History”Opens March 16; Closes Jan. 3, 2023Various Spaces

In these special pop-up displays, the museum’s Muppets appear in unexpected places in some of our best-loved exhibitions, inviting visitors to look at history through a fun new lens.

Count von Count puppet, around 1994On View in the “Value of Money” exhibition

Count von Count, a friendly and number-obsessed Muppet, has been teaching children to count on Sesame Street since 1972. How many gold coins can you count in this exhibit?

Uncle Traveling Matt puppet, 1982On view in the “America on the Move” exhibitionUncle Traveling Matt, a character on the children’s television show Fraggle Rock, traveled around the world. He sent postcards home to his family, describing his adventures.


March 30, 2022 @ 8:00 am UTC+0
March 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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