Taking America to Lunch

April 13, 2004 – January 2, 2014

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

Lower Level, South wall Floor Plan

On view are more than 50 children's and workers' illustrated metal lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s to celebrate the history and endurance of American lunch boxes. After reaching the height of their popularity at the dawn of the television era, lunch box sales became barometers for what was current in popular culture.