American Stories

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

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 (Off-view for conservation starting Apr. 24, 2017.)
  • a fragment of Plymouth rock
  • Benjamin Franklin's walking stick
  • 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
  • Pele's soccer jersey
  • Apolo Ohno's ice skates

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