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House and Home



The breathtaking variety of stories about the American home surprise, teach, and entertain.

Sundays, Fridays, Now - Dec 30, 2022.

This exhibition offers a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that take us on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to be at home in America. Remarkable transformations in technology, laws, and consumer culture have brought about enormous change in American domestic life. 

The exhibition features please-touch walls made out of different materials used in residential construction over time, from adobe bricks to structural insulated panel (SIP) systems. Intricate scale models present iconic residential architecture including Fallingwater and Chicago's Hancock Center. Three sets of specially commissioned films featuring contemporary and historical images round out the experience.

House amp; Home's galleries tell a full range of stories about the history of the American home. Designed by the award-winning New York-based firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the exhibition is an immersive experience in which the galleries come alive with objects, photographs, and sound.

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401 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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