At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels and the Rediscovery of America

November 15, 1985 – January 11, 1987

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

1st Floor, Special Exhibits Gallery Floor Plan

The automobile enabled Americans to discover beautiful but remote areas of the country, and highway travel itself became a form of entertainment. On view are a 1921 motor home, a 1928 tent trailer, a 1934 Ford and 1935 house trailer, and a 1918 Oldsmobile touring car in a camping setting. Highway signs; motel signs; postcards, decals, and other souvenirs; and family vacation snapshots complete the exhibition. One section, "Jim Crow on the Road," highlights the difficulties of black travelers in finding accommodations.