National Museum of American History

Constitution Ave NW & 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20560

(Federal Triangle, Smithsonian Metro)

“Everything changes, nothing is lost.”

This saying is particularly relevant to history museums. At the National Museum of American History, we are not ”saving the past” as it has not disappeared, but we are celebrating, probing and understanding the past, with the best intentions of comprehending it. As the ninth director of this incredible national museum, I take this job very seriously and am also keenly aware that it is our past and our future, together, that has to be integrated into this American story and shared.

Our history, like all histories, has many stories, many peoples, many periods and many dreams. It is not a simple story and must be told with vigor and honesty. And to present history, our challenge is to translate it into an active, not passive, visitor experience while always keeping to the highest standard of care for the national collection and our mission.

  • Blue, Silver, Orange Lines, Federal Triangle