American Stories

April 12, 2012 – January 2020

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:

  • a fragment of Plymouth Rock
  • a section of the first transatlantic telegraph cable
  • a sunstone capital from the Latter-day Saints temple at Nauvoo, Illinois
  • signed baseball from the 1937 All-Star Game
  • clothing and textile artifacts
  • Apolo Ohno’s speed skates from the 2002 Winter Olympics