National Museum of American History Reopens on November 21


The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will open its doors to the public Friday, Nov. 21, providing a new look at the almost 200-year-old Star-Spangled Banner and a rare chance to see the White House copy of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The reopening will mark the completion of a two-year, $85 million renovation of the building's center core, dramatically transforming the museum's architectural appeal while reorganizing and renewing the presentation of its extensive collections.


  • Brent Glass, Director, National Museum of American History;
  • Gary Haney, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

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Cross section of the Museum

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Abstract Flag and Grand Stair Case

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Artifact Walls

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