Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES)

SITES is the Smithsonian’s main exhibits ambassador beyond Washington, D.C. For more than 70 years, the organization has traveled approximately 40 exhibitions annually to hundreds of U.S. cities and towns from coast to coast, where they are viewed by millions of people.

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) a Smithsonian outreach program that, through a partnership with state humanities councils, brings traveling exhibitions, educational resources and programming to under-served small towns across America through their own local museums, historical societies and other cultural venues.


SITES develops a wide range of timely exhibitions at various price points for our diverse community of exhibitors. Find the perfect match for your venue here:

Build It Yourself Exhibitions

Build it Yourself” exhibitions provide venues with an affordable way to license exhibition content and design files over a two-year period with digitally delivered materials, including: ready-to-print graphics, customizable templates, design drawings, exhibition floor plans, and installation instructions. Unlike our physical, turnkey exhibitions, BIY shows could be displayed outdoors, allowing maximum flexibility at a time when venues need it most.

Poster Exhibitions

Sharing our poster exhibitions online is another great way to connect with your audiences who may be unable to visit your venue during this time. Guidelines for using poster exhibitions on your website and social media can be found here. These exhibitions could also be displayed outdoors. For a full list of our offerings, please visit here.

Digital Resources

We have opened up access to many of our exhibition-related digital resources for venues to take advantage of distance learning resources and activities, including webcasts, Smithsonian Learning Lab collections, and much more. Visit here for the full list of resources.

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Contact us!

Minnie Russell
Senior Scheduling & Exhibitor Relations Coordinator

Ed Liskey
Senior Scheduling & Exhibitor Relations Coordinator

Austin Matthews
Deputy Director for Exhibits

Stories from Main Street

The Smithsonian’s Stories from Main Street podcast shares the authentic voices and stories of people from small towns and rural communities across the United States. Listen to the first episode, Take Me to the Water, below.

Subscribe through Apple Podcast and other podcast platforms or listen online.