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CATEGORY: The American Experience

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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.  

Apollo to the Moon

This gallery traces NASA's manned space program beginning with Project Mercury's Freedom 7 (5/5/61); then the Gemini Project (1965-66); followed by the Apollo Program (1967-1972), with Apollo 17 as the last manned exploration of the moon.

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.

Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mache Anatomical Models

Examples from the museum's unique collection of papier-mache anatomical models constructed by French physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux (1797-1880) are used to explore the history and educational use of such models for the medical and lay person.

Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story

A rotating selection of objects from the collection of Jeanette Cantrell Rudy sheds light on the Federal Duck Stamp program.

Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz

The life of legendary Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003) is explored through costumes, wigs, shoes, photographs, video, and music.

Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture

Featuring 61 pieces from the late 19th century to the present, this exhibition demonstrates how posters function as portraiture.

Behind the Badge

Learn how the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, helps protect you and discover tips to guard against scams and fraud.

Benedicte Wrensted: An Idaho Photographer in Focus

View photos of European and Native Americans taken by Danish immigrant Benedicte Wrensted in her Pocatello, Idaho studio in the late 19th century.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present

Some 100 objects and graphics examine the history of sweatshops in the United States and the complex factors that contribute to their existence. 

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

This exhibition explores the "American Dream" as lived by Indian Americans. Through photographs, artifacts, videos, and interactive stations, learn about the Indian American experience and their dynamic role in shaping American society.

Binding the Nation

This gallery provides an overview of mail service in America from colonial times through the 19th century, stressing the importance of written communication in the young nation.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

Through freestanding, illustrated banners with text, this bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families while providing insight into Mexican American history and historical context to today's debates on guest worker programs.

Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Step into the culinary world of Julia Child, America's favorite chef!


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