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Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Explore the life and legacy of our 16th president through objects from the museum's collection.

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

See some 90 African art objects that were inspired by astronomical observations and phenomena, including rainbows and eclipses.

African Voices

This exhibition examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures.

The exhibition will be closed on November 30, 2015 and will reopen to the public February 15, 2016.

Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks

View 150 Yup'ik Eskimo objects from the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and coastal southwestern Alaska. These late 19th- and early 20th-century masks, decorated with feather tufts and wooden appendages, tell stories of ceremonial traditions that remain an important part of Yup'ik culture.

Airmail in America

This exhibition examines the critical role the postal system played in the creation of America's commercial aviation industry.

All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak

Explore the rich tradition of African American storytelling through videotaped interviews with professional writers telling compelling stories drawn from their own experiences and revealing how the world in which they live impacts their writing.

Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately

This exhibition presents an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

America by Air

This exhibition traces the history of commercial air transportation in the U.S. from 1914 to today and discusses how technological innovations have revolutionized air travel .

America on the Move

This exhibition examines how transportation -- from 1876 to 1999 -- has shaped our American identity.

American Cool

What do we mean when we say someone is "cool"? Find out in this exhibition.

American Enterprise

Learn how business and innovation helped the United States develop from a small dependent agricultural nation to one of the world's largest economies.

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music

Experience the true flavor, or "sabor," of Latin music in the United States and the influence Latin music genres have had on American popular music.

American Stories

See more than 100 historic and cultural touchstones of American history from the museum’s vast holdings.

Americans Now

Drawn from the Portrait Gallery's permanent collection, this exhibition features individuals prominent in sports, entertainment, and other fields of endeavor during the last 10 years.

America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, the museum hosts 10 rare and important documents from the Springfield library and museum.

America's Presidents

America’s Presidents showcases an enhanced and extended display of multiple images of the past 43 presidents of the United States starting with Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington (off-view for conservation) and continuing to George W. Bush.

An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries, Part 2

Nearly 100 examples of lavishly illustrated books, representing more than 500 years of printing, are on view.  

Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009

Archival materials reveal how individuals and society were affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Art of the Stamp

See 100 original drawings and artworks that were used to create postage stamps, including entries for the famous Elvis stamp design competition.

Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments

See and hear a selection of musical instruments that demonstrate the formal inventiveness of African artists who have created objects that are a delight to both the ears and eyes.


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