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!
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.
Since Stories: YES began, the goal has been to engage youth with their community and cultural organizations. In 2016, three young people in Lanesboro, Minnesota, created short films about local history that resonated with them about the current state of