Collections of the American History Museum

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

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.

Vietnam Combat Cameraman’s Medal of Honor To Be Displayed at Smithsonian

Medal and Camera To Be Exhibited Together for First Time

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the only Medal of Honor to be awarded to a combat photographer in the Medal of Honor Gallery of the “Price of Freedom” exhibition beginning Nov. 1.

Entrance to Price of Freedom gallery

Smithsonian Collects Filipino Congressional Gold Medal

Presented to Filipino Veterans of World War II

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will collect the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian award, presented in recognition of the service and gallantry of Filipino Veterans of World War II during a ceremony on Capitol Hill Oct. 25.

gold medal front and reverse

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

"The Walking Dead" Finds Sanctuary at the Smithsonian

National Museum of American History Accepts Donation of Artifacts From AMC’s "The Walking Dead"

In a special ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History accepted a donation of artifacts from AMC’s post-apocalyptic television series The Walking Dead.

Walking dead promotional photo


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