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!
Wynne, Arkansas is home to the Addison Shoe Company which once employed nearly 600 people in this town of only 8,000. In 2018, EAST classroom students at the Wynne Intermediate School decided to document this local landmark for Museum on Main Street's Stories: YES program.
If you haven't been there it's hard to describe what it's like in Nebraska, where the sky looms as large as the region's massive fertile fields. Custer County, seated in the middle of the state, is 2,576 square miles or bigger than the whole of Delaware! The population that covers these vast plains is just under 11,000 people. So how do you get young people dispersed across this giant county to throw their efforts into MoMS' youth storytelling initiative Stories: YES?