Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small town museums and residents of rural America. It is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and state humanities councils nationwide. MoMS combines the prestige of Smithsonian Institution exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of small rural towns. MoMS is funded by the United States Congress.

Our most recent exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, toured six sites in North Carolina throughout 2015. 




Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America offers rural communities in North Carolina the opportunity to understand the value of sports in history ranging from ancient Cherokee Indians with anetso, the ancestor of modern day lacrosse to current day professional teams such as the Carolina Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes. The aim of the exhibitions are to educate, celebrate, and highlight how sports can alter community development and create discussion and change throughout history.



The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service announce Journey Stories an exciting Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition to tour North Carolina beginning June 2012.


 INew Harmonies takes visitors on a journey through the development of Americans' creative expression through music. The music that emerges is known by names such as blues, country western, folk ballads, and gospel. The main beat of this exhibition, presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council in 2010, is the on-going cultural process that has made America the birthplace of more music than any place on earth.