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.
MoMS travels ready-to-install exhibitions to communities in small-town America.
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..
We build lesson plans, scavenger hunts, and more for educators. We also host oral projects created by students from across America.
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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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!
High school students in DeKalb County, Illinois have teamed up with DeKalb County History Center to contribute their insights to the conversation around how the area is changing and making videos for Museum on Main Street's Stories: YES initiative. Since January, students have been conducting interviews with farmers, peers and others to explore the future of agriculture.
In collaboration with Dillon County Theatre Association, students in Lake View and Latta, South Carolina, have spent part of the school year exploring the region's past to gear up for the arrival of the exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America. Nearly 20 young people, guided by educators Liz Herlong, Anne Marie Martin, Candy Lee Small and Jan Soper, researched, interviewed and produced stories for MoMS' Stories: YES program.