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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 1,600 communities across America since 1994.

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Exhibitions

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

 

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Stories

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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Education

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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Resources

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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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!



Young Innovators Merge History and Digital Arts


The Arts Center of the Capital Region has been hosting summer camp programming for ages 6-18 since 2001. From August 19th-23rd, a unique camp was devoted to Stories: YES with a focus on the Troy, New York waterway system. It was taught by two local videographers and attended by 8 teens who are interested in the digital arts.



Without Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Research Ignites Youth in Upstate New York


Young people on Schoharie River Center's Environmental Study Teams spent the winter of 2019 investigating the ways that their upstate communities are connected with, and impacted by, water.