Last Friday the New York Times reviewed the newly redesigned National Museum of American History. One of the Smithsonian’s largest institutions, it can often look like its most mistreated. The new layout and design opens up the galleries, brings in some natural light and uses keynote objects to present central themes and sections. “America’s Attic,” as it is affectionately known (though the term is more useful for the secret storage location… which, conversly, is pretty amazing), the NMAH now does the right thing and truly highlights one of the most fascinating objects in the Nation’s care… the original Star Spangled banner.

The redesign was helmed by Gary P. Haney and architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

A few selected images of the new National Museum of American History follow.

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