National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center collects, preserves, and displays the heritage of the
The museum opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology. It was one of the last structures designed by the renowned architectural firm
In May 2012,
The museum underwent an $85 million renovation from September 5, 2006 to November 21, 2008, during which time it was closed.
In 2012, the museum began a $37 million renovation of the west wing to add new exhibition spaces, public plazas and an education center. The renovation will also include panoramic windows overlooking the National Mall on all three floors and new interactive features to the exhibits. The first floor of the west wing reopened on July 1, 2015 with the second and third floors of the west wing reopening in 2016 and 2017, respectively.