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Established in 1800 as a small research library for the new Congress, today’s Library is considered the repository of the nation’s life story and arguably the “ultimate American museum.” Its holdings include Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence, marked up by Adams… more >

Volumes to Speak: 
The Library of Congress

Founded to commemorate and continue the inventive spirit and scientific genius of Benjamin Franklin, the imposing Franklin Institute stands solid as a rock on 20th Street in Philadelphia. Science is a phenomenon—a process. You can’t put it in a museum display case. On “display” at… more >

Wonderland of Science: The Franklin Institute

Located in an old depot in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Muddy Waters boarded the train to carry the Blues to the world, this small museum tells the powerful story of the origins of the Delta Blues and its ultimate transformation into Rock-n-Roll. Interviews include actor and… more >

The Blues Lives On! The Delta Blues Museum

At this Denver museum, the key players in the Colorado drama come to life: The cliff-dwelling Anasazi Indians; the Spanish, who named it Colorado, meaning red; the 19th century ranchers, miners, missionaries and Native Americans. Highlights include the reality of the Black cowboy… more >

Crossroads of Culture: Colorado History Museum

This D.C. and New York-based museum approaches the native story in an enlightened and exciting way, using the native voice to demonstrate that native history, culture, art and life are part of the shared cultural heritage of all Americans. Behind the scenes at the Maryland-based… more >

Native Voice: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Founded when Thomas Jefferson was president and the Revolutionary War was still a part of living memory, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia is America’s first art museum and school, and is home to more than two centuries of American art. Its mission is the… more >

Art Gets a Start in America:  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Between 1897 and 1938, immigration changed the face of America. More than 100 million citizens in the United States can trace their ancestry to an immigrant who landed at New York’s Ellis Island. Ellis Island is more than a museum, it is hallowed ground; it is the place where many… more >

Face of America: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Housed in a 1904 firehouse — the former home of Engine 30 — this museum chronicles the history of firefighting from colonial times to the present. The museum features horse and hand-drawn fire carriages, fire buckets and parade hats and modern day equipment. Firefighters — many of… more >

Trial by Fire: The New York City Fire Museum

The railroads helped shape the unique culture of the West and reunite a Civil War-torn nation. Through meticulously restored locomotives, archival photographs, and artifacts, this Sacramento museum illustrates the diverse experiences of those who built the railroads and those who… more >

Binding Ties: The California State Railroad Museum

Thoroughbred racing is one of America’s oldest sports, and it has a colorful history. Seabiscuit, Man o’ War, Secretariat, Arcaro, and the Jones Boys are all heroes of the turf and names that evoke the clang of the starting gate, the thunder of pounding hooves—the sights and sounds… more >

Horse Power: The National Museum of Racing

Nestled between the Adirondacks and the Catskills in central New York State, the pastoral village of Cooperstown has a mighty mission: to preserve and protect the story of America’s Game at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “This is much more than just runs, hits, and… more >

Home Base: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

A laboratory for the art of the future, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, begins where most art museums leave off. The starting point is right now, today! In fact, many of the pieces displayed, screened or performed here are commissioned directly from the artists.… more >

Creative Catalyst: The Walker Art Center

Cowboy boots, spurs, and cattle quickly come to mind when people think about the Lone Star State. But who are Texans, really? This surprising San Antonio museum explores the 26 diverse cultures that settled Texas. The people of the world came to Texas, and all of them did not become… more >

Behind the Lone Star: Institute of Texan Cultures

Rummaging through a trunk of old clothes in the Grandparent’s Attic display, children are not just trying on clothes; they’re trying on the business of being adults. Play is learning at the Boston Children’s Museum (founded 1913), which revolutionized the American museum experience… more >

Mind Over Matter: The Boston Children’s Museum

The art of making music requires genius, precision and passion. Founded in 1973, this landmark museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, includes more than 10,000 musical instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods. Today, its holdings are rivaled only by institutions… more >

National Music Museum
National Music Museum

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