Current Exhibitions

Collage of book images

Nature of the Book

Explore early handmade books through the myriad natural materials—animal, vegetable, and mineral—that went into their making. Nature of the Book shows what the use of these varied and sometimes surprising resources can tell us about the book, touching on questions of use, process, global trade, and economy. On display through September 3, 2024 at the National Museum of Natural History. Visit the online exhibition.

Detail of Micheaux book photo

Highlights of the NMAAHC Library Collection

Eleven objects – books, videos, and more – significant to the African American story are featured in this exhibition of highlights from the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library, part of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. On display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Rosetta Tharpe sings on stage.

Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change

Women’s leadership in music and social change is central to the American story. Music HerStory explores these contributions through unique collections from the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, the Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage, and more. Through July 21, 2024 at the National Museum of American History.