In September 2016, the newest Smithsonian museum opened on the National Mall. The journey to open the museum has taken many attempts and numerous steps to realize, including the activism of private citizens and organizations, passage of federal legislation, construction of an inspiring new building, and collecting thousands of artifacts.

It has involved the efforts of presidents and members of Congress, curators and architects, art collectors and army veterans, celebrities and ordinary citizens.

This exhibit explores the journey towards fulfillment of this long-held dream, providing an overview of the century-long struggle and its culminating achievements.