Star Spangled Banner Exhibit Reopens

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A new gallery opens to display one of the National Museum of American History's most treasured icons--the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem. Along with ensuring its long-term preservation, the exhibition presents the history of the flag and evokes its significance as a national symbol. The new display is part of the reopening of the National Museum of American History after an extensive renovation.


  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Star-Spangled Banner (Flag)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • See The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem, by Lonn Taylor, New York: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2000, for a history of the flag.
  • Smithsonian Press Release, June 24, 2008

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November 21, 2008


  • Conservation and restoration
  • Openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Flags
  • Renovations
  • Textiles
  • Textile fabrics


United States

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