The National Museum of American History (NMAH) collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. We take care of everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Our collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history.
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, we explore the infinite richness and complexity of American history. We help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.
The Museum is located on the National Mall, at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20560
Take Metro to the Federal Triangle station on the Blue/Orange line.
Walk south on 12th Street and cross Constitution Avenue to the museum on the right.
Cars cannot be left on the street overnight. Due to ongoing construction at the museum, it is recommended to seek parking in one of the parking lots located nearby. For their location, please view this map. We recommend you call those companies to confirm if they will accommodate overnight parking and the fees associated. You must enter the museum on Constitution Avenue.
More information about the museum is available at americanhistory.si.edu.