Treasures of American History

November 17, 2006 – April 12, 2008

National Air and Space Museum
6th St. & Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

2nd floor, East Wing, Gallery 211, Flight and the Arts Floor Plan

While the American History Museum is closed for renovation (Sept. 5, 2006-fall 2008), more than 150 highlights from the museum are on view here. The exhibition is divided into four sections: Creativity and Innovation, American Biography, National Challenges, and American Identity.

Highlights include:

  • Dorothy's ruby slippers and the rarely seen Scarecrow costume worn by Ray Bolger in The Wizard of Oz
  • First lady Jacqueline Kennedy's inaugural gown
  • the compass used by Lewis and Clark during their journey across the Louisiana Territory
  • the Woolworth's lunch counter from Greensboro, N.C., where four African American students began a "sit-in" in 1960 that lasted for six months
  • Thomas Jefferson's bible and lap desk
  • Abraham Lincoln's top hat
  • Thomas Edison's lightbulb
  • General Custer's buckskin jacket
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Duke Ellington's sheet music for "Mood Indigo"

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