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Museum on Main Street

Bringing the Smithsonian to local communities.

Museum on Main Street engages small-town audiences and brings attention to underserved rural communities. Through traveling exhibitions developed by the Smithsonian Institution and coordinated by Mass Humanities, local museums, libraries, and other cultural spaces build their capacity to reach new audiences, develop public programs, and grow new partnerships. 

In 2022, Mass Humanities will coordinate its first Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” Six host sites will receive training from the Smithsonian and Mass Humanities, along with grants to create programs aimed at sparking conversations about the past, present, and future of their towns.  


Applications to apply to host “Crossroads” will open in August 2022. For more information, contact Brian Boyles at

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