When you arrive at the Meetup, please look for one of four Event Hosts.
5 PM - Meet in Welcome Center (on 2nd Floor).
5:15 PM - Proceed to exhibitions in the order & at the locations detailed below.
6:30 PM - Reconvene in Lower Level near Constitution Avenue entrance.
6:45 PM - Leave for After Party @ The Hamilton,[masked]th Street, NW.
We will meet in the Welcome Center (on the 2nd Floor) and proceed to the exhibits in the order below. The Museum is open late on Saturday, May 17.
Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History and Continuity
This exhibition will document the origins of the National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology from[masked]) and consider what those beginnings mean for the museum today and into the future. The 50-year anniversary display will focus on the museum, circa 1964, as it was originally conceived, designed and built. It will also take a look through the past five decades to see how the museum evolved and transformed into what it is today. (2nd Floor East)
The Early Sixties: American Culture
This display celebrates the early ’60s as the background for the opening of the museum. That period of American culture straddled a time of dominant traditions and social norms with developing broad-based countercultural and reactionary expressions in response to demands for individual and community freedoms in areas of arts economics, politics and environmental and civil rights issues. (First Floor Center)
The Early Sixties: American Science
When the Museum opened fifty years ago, the goal of improving science and technology engaged many Americans. Fear of nuclear attack by the Soviet Union, fascination with outer space, and the hope of training a new generation of scientists encouraged Smithsonian historians to stress the importance of science in world culture.
Change: Fifty Years of Museum History
Modern digital photographic prints of key National Museum of History and Technology and National Museum of American History exhibitions and activities will be on view to showcase the transformation of the museum from one of history and technology into a museum devoted to American history. The photos highlight the exhibitions and new collecting initiatives that led to the evolution of the museum throughout its 50 years. (Lower Level Corridor)
Leave Museum via Constitution Avenue and proceed to nearby After Party @ The Hamilton, located at[masked]th Street, NW.