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 more than 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!
MoMS is excited to announce that its new podcast Smithsonian's Stories from Main Street is coming soon! Inspired by all of the amazing stories that rural Americans across the country have shared with the Stories from Main Street program since its start in 2011, MoMS was delighted to develop this new podcast that shines a light on the culture of rural communities.
Museum on Main Street was excited to work with new Smithsonian Affiliate Grinnell College on the new exhibition Grinnell Works, which opens today at the Drake Community Library! The college is one of ten organizations across the nation participating in a pilot project called Starter Kit: WORK, which helps communities develop new exhibitions in collaboration with the Smithsonian.