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What isMuseum on Main Street?

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

MoMS is access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming.

We've visited 1,600 communities across America since 1994.

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Exhibitions

MoMS travels ready-to-install exhibitions to communities in small-town America.

 

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Stories

Our Stories from Main Street story-collecting project is going on now. Listen to great stories and find out how you can submit your own story, photo, or video..

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Education

We build lesson plans, scavenger hunts, and more for educators.  We also host oral projects created by students from across America.

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Resources

Want to learn museum best practices from Smithsonian pros?  How about grabbing a teacher's guide or downloadable poster?  Search for materials in the Resource Center.

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Hot Topics! Tell Your Story.

Upload a photo, video, or story about our latest research topics

In 2011, we began collecting stories about life in small-town America. We’ve gathered more than 1,200 stories from people like you. Listen to a few stories, then, check out what we're currently researching and submit a story today.

What's Up withMoMS?

From student projects to happenings from the field, the blog gives you an in-depth look at what's going on in MoMS' world and yours!

Museum on Main Street 25 year anniversary


Supporting the Humanities in Small and Rural Towns for 25 Years


On September 2, 1994, the first Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition, Produce for Victory, opened at the local history museum in Moreland, Georgia. Twenty-five years later, MoMS is still going strong! Along the way, this powerful partnership between the Smithsonian, state humanities councils, and small and rural cultural organizations has reached every U.S. state and Guam.



Maryland Students Produce Film About Historic Flooding in Ellicott City


Twelve students from Lansdowne High School (LHS) Televideo program know the impact of massive flooding—they’ve witnessed it twice in their region in just two years.