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photo_museum.jpgThe National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) pledged a combined $2 million to support a state-of-the-art permanent exhibition called America on the Move at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The exhibition, opened in the Fall of 2003, and provides an educational experience on the importance of transportation and its underlying infrastructure to the nation's history and economy. "Americans value their mobility, and the exhibition showcases the role that roads and highways play. Visitors to the exhibition walk away with a new understanding and appreciation of how transportation development has helped make America the great nation it is," said Mac Badgett, Senior Vice President of Vulcan Materials Company.


About the Exhibit

The America On The Move exhibit at the world-renowned Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of transportation in American. This exhibition, commanding more than 20,000 square feet, highlights the Smithsonian's unparalleled and extremely popular transportation collections in new and creative ways. Using multimedia technology, immersive environments, and other theatrical techniques, America On The Move brings trains, trucks, ships and automobiles back to life — or, more accurately, back to history. For the first time, visitors are able to see these artifacts as they once were: moving people and products from place to place, a vital part of the nation's transportation system, a vital part of our business, social and cultural history.


The history of transportation is a complex and intriguing story, involving changing travel patterns and demographics, changing patterns of consumption based on increasingly complex distribution systems for food and goods, and changing cities, agricultural regions, and landscapes. America On The Move tells of immigration and migration, as well as the pleasures of hitting the road for a summer vacation.


Visitors will leave America On The Move not only with an enriched understanding of how transportation has shaped our communities, business enterprises, landscapes, and the patterns of our lives, but also enriched with vivid memories of an exciting visit.