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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 1,400 communities across America since 1994.

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


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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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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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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!

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J-term Class Highlights their Iowa Hometown for Stories: YES

Mount Vernon High School has emerging storytellers in their midst! A class of Journalism students has been making noise in the community by interviewing athletes, former students, coaches, and sports stars, ahead of the arrival of the exhibition Hometown Teams.

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Announcing the Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service is honored to offer the first Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education for the summer of 2018. The deadline to submit an online application through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System is March 15, 2018.