The National Association of REALTORS® is the sole sponsor of the Within These Walls... exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Through this exhibit, REALTORS® proudly showcase their commitment to educating the public about homeownership and its role in the American Dream.
Within These Walls... centers on 200 years of American history as seen from the doorstep of a house erected in the 1760s in Ipswich, Mass., 30 miles north of Boston. Ipswich citizens saved the two-and-a-half story, Georgian-style timber-framed house from the wrecker's ball in 1963, which was reassembled for this Smithsonian exhibit.
Peer through the home's walls, windows, and doors to view settings that would have been familiar to residents in colonial America and during the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the industrial era, and World War II.
Inside the 4,200 square-foot house, American colonists created a new, genteel lifestyle, patriots set out to fight in a revolution, and an African-American slave struggled for freedom. Neighbors came together to end slavery, immigrants earned a livelihood in their new home, and a woman and her grandson served on the home front during World War II. These are the true stories this house tells and what continues to make this one of the most popular exhibits at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
5 million visitors per year see the stories of five courageous Americans and the important role their homes played in their lives and in our country's history.
In 2006, NAR became a partial sponsor of the museum's Star-Spangled Banner exhibition which features a huge, restored American flag that was raised in victory in 1814. This flag inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the poem that became the U.S. national anthem.
- View the Within These Walls... exhibition website (includes Flash tour)
- View the Star Spangled Banner exhibition website
- Read REALTOR® Magazine's One House, Many Stories article by Robert Freedman from June 2001.
- Download a PDF version of the Within These Walls... promotional poster (1.27 MB)
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW in Washington, D.C. The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Dec. 25. Admission is free.