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American Stories

American Stories

April 12, 2012 – Indefinitely

American History Museum
12th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing

A chronological look at the people, inventions, issues, and events that shape the American story, this exhibition showcases more than 100 historic and cultural touchstones of American history from the museum's vast holdings, supplemented by a few loans. A changing exhibition space features new acquisitions. Highlights include:

  • Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz
  • a fragment of Plymouth rock
  • Benjamin Franklin's walking stick
  • miniature teakettle from 1807
  • shackles worn by Abraham Lincoln’s assassination conspirators
  • a sunstone capital from the Mormon temple at Nauvoo, Illinois
  • Bob Dylan's jacket
  • Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves
  • Archie Bunker's chair
  • Joel Grey's straw hat from the film Cabaret
  • former Secretary of State Madeline Albright's suit
  • John Coltrane’s tenor saxophone
  • Pele's soccer jersey
  • Apolo Ohno's ice skates
  • a wedding dress from 1867

Spanish-language translations of the exhibition labels are available for loan at the Welcome Desks.

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