The First Ladies

Gift of Jason Wu in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama

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

3rd Floor, Center, Rose Gallery, enter from American Presidency Floor Plan

Learn how first ladies have shaped the role of first lady as the role of women in society evolved. On view are more than two dozen gowns, including those worn by Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Four cases provide in-depth looks at Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Edith Roosevelt, and Lady Bird Johnson and their contributions to their husband’s presidential administrations.

Related book: The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection