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"National History Night”
an open house at the
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

WHEN:  5:00 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 17th

WHERE:  National Museum of American History

WHO:  All NHD participants, family and friends are invited to this special NHD event! 

WHAT:  Explore the exhibitions and enjoy museum programs during this open house. Chat with museum staff, special guests and of course fellow NHD students, teachers, parents and coordinators. Meet famous historical figures. Watch historic theater presentations. Browse the student exhibits from each NHD affiliate on display throughout the building.

HOW TO GET THERE:  Metro is strongly recommended as parking is extremely limited. Take the Green line from the College Park-U of MD to L’Enfant Plaza, where you can transfer to the Blue or Orange line. Exit at either the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle Stations, both of which are within easy walking distance of the museum. The museum is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets.  Visit Metro's website for more details:

  • Tickets or buttons are NOT required for entry.
  • The event begins at 5:00 PM, but early arrival is encouraged to avoid long lines. The museum has entrances at both the National Mall side (Madison Ave.) and Constitution Ave.
  • All bags will be searched by museum security. Guests are encouraged to leave bags in the dorms/hotels. Doing so will greatly speed up entry into the musuem.
  • The Museum’s cafes will be open throughout the event, and dinner will be available for purchase. The Stars and Stripes Cafe (on the Lower Level) has a full menu, Constitution Cafe (Constitution Avenue entrance) has sandwiches, salads, and hand-dipped ice cream, and outdoor food carts (on the Mall terrace) serve light fare and grilled food. Food may not be brought into the museum and eating is allowed only in the designated areas.