A PROJECT TO REVAMP THE U.S. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF
AMERICAN HISTORY PROVIDES THE PAST WITH A NEW HOME.
BY JESS WANGSNESS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY
(NMAH) in Washington, D.C., USA has been referred to as
“America’s attic”—and for good reason. Within the museum’s
confines are a treasure trove of iconic relics, ranging from
the desk where U.S. president Thomas Jefferson penned the
Declaration of Independence to an original fiberglass Dumbo
from a 1955 Disneyland ride.
But like many attics, this one needed a good sprucing-up.
Critics declared the museum a claustrophobic, incoherent
mess of displays scattered through dark, crammed hallways.
Looking to change that, the museum was closed for two
years to accommodate a US$85 million renovation project aimed
at better showcasing the museum’s more than 3 million artifacts.