Every Collection has a Story. The Archives holds records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, and research. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of the history of American experience, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding.  

Hands On History Room

December 8, 1992

The Hands on History Room opens at the National Museum of American History. The 3,000 square-foot room features more than forty hands-on historical activities for Museum visitors to participate in.

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