The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
American History, 50 Years of Exhibits
Tomorrow, on Friday, May 16th, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the opening of two exhibits; “Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History” and “Continuity and Change: Fifty Years of Museum History.” “Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History” will examine NMAH and its evolution since its inception in 1964. “Continuity and Change: Fifty Years of Museum History” will look at “the transformation of the museum from one of history and technology into a museum devoted to American history.”
To celebrate the launch of these new exhibits, here's a look back at a few of NMAH's exhibits from its opening until today.
- The History of the National Museum of American History
- Happy 50th Anniversary, NMAH!, Pam Henson, The Bigger Picture
- Record Unit 285 - National Museum of History and Technology, Office of the Director, Photographs, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives