Recent Acquisitions

Polycom Donates SoundStation Devices to National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Acquires Original Teleconferencing Equipment for Its Collection of Electrical History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has acquired objects related to Polycom’s development of teleconferencing technologies 25 years ago, which marked an advance in business communications.

Early Polycom teleconference phone

East Asian Coins on Display at National Museum of American History

New Donation From the Family of Private Collector Howard F. Bowker

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display selected numismatic objects recently acquired from the collection of Howard F. Bowker beginning Nov. 8. The New Acquisitions case within the “Value of Money” exhibition will show 19 items ranging from fifth-century B.C. Chinese bridge and knife money to 20th-century Chinese money minted in the U.S.

coin shaped like two dragon heads

Newly Installed Portraits Displayed at the National Portrait Gallery

25 Objects To Be Featured in Annual “Recent Acquisitions” Exhibition

mirrored sunglasses detail from portrait

Luis Jiménez by Gaspar Enriquez

Portrait pf man wearing hat and sunglasses

© 2003 Gaspar Enriquez

Luis Jiménez by Gaspar Enriquez, airbrushed acrylic paint on paper, 2003. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Donated from the collection of Jerry & Michelle Wright, December 1st, 2016 © 2003 Gaspar Enriquez

 

Smithsonian Adds Eliza Hamilton Portrait and Hamilton Costume From Musical

National Museum of American History Tells Story of 200 Years of American Philanthropy

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will add a mid-19th-century oil painting of Mrs. Alexander Hamilton (Elizabeth or Eliza) by Daniel P. Huntington from Graham Windham and an 18th-century style green silk suit worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton: An American Musical to the national collections during a special ceremony.

Scene from Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton donation

green suit

National Museum of American History

Full suit worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in Hamiton: An American Musical, designed by Paul Tazewell. Suit consists of breeches, waistcoat, coat, white shirt with ruffled collar and sleeve cuffs, white stockings and black leather shoes.

Courtesy Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Hamilton donation

Hamilton suit detail

National Museum of American History

Detail of the green suit worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in Hamiton: An American Musical, designed by Paul Tazewell. Suit consists of breeches, waistcoat, coat, white shirt with ruffled collar and sleeve cuffs.

Courtesy Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Hamilton donation

Scene from musical "Hamilton"

Joan Marcus

A still from Hamilton: An American Musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda, as Alexander Hamilton and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler Church.

Photo by Joan Marcus

Hamilton donation

Portrait of Eliza Hamilton

National Museum of American History

Photograph of a portrait of Mrs. Alexander Hamilton (Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton), by Daniel Huntington, mid-1800s.

Courtesy Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Smithsonian Accepts First Lady Melania Trump’s Inaugural Gown

Gift to First Ladies Collection Continues a 100-Year Tradition

First Lady Melania Trump formally presented the gown she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection, Friday, Oct. 20, during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History. The gown will be displayed in the center of the museum’s popular exhibition, “The First Ladies,” beginning today.

detail from Trump gown


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