Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small town museums and residents of rural America. It is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and state humanities councils nationwide. MoMS combines the prestige of Smithsonian Institution exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of small rural towns. MoMS is funded by the United States Congress.

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Our 2018 tour will feature The Way We Worked. American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Whether we work for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of ourselves and our families, work is a part of nearly every American’s life. Office workers, factory workers, homemakers, truckers and the millions more who keep the nation going through their work make great contributions not only to industry, but also to American culture. The Way We Worked is brought to North Carolina by the North Carolina Humanities Council and made possible by support from the Porter Durham Family


Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America offers rural communities in North Carolina the opportunity to understand the value of sports in history ranging from ancient Cherokee Indians with anetso, the ancestor of modern day lacrosse to current
day professional teams such as the Carolina Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes. The aim of the exhibitions are to educate, celebrate, and highlight how sports can alter community development and create discussion and change throughout history.  Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, toured six sites in North Carolina throughout 2015.


Journey Stories our 2012 Museum on Main Stree (MoMS) exhibition, examined the tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – are a central element of our personal heritage. From Native Americans to new American citizens and regardless of our ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything – families and possessions – to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean.



New Harmonies our 2010 tour took visitors on a journey through the development of Americans' creative expression through music. The music that emerges is known by names such as blues, country western, folk ballads, and gospel. The main beat of this exhibition, is the on-going cultural process that has made America the birthplace of more music than any place on earth.