Home Renovations Underway at NAR-Sponsored Exhibit

The exhibition shows the importance of home in the lives of five families through various eras of American history.

After 16 years of welcoming visitors in Washington, D.C., the popular exhibition sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS® at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is getting an update. The two-and-a-half story house, built in Ipswich, Mass., in the mid-1700s, is the centerpiece of “Within These Walls.”

The exhibition demonstrates the centrality of home in the lives of five families who lived there through various eras over 200 years of American history. “This home is a symbol of REALTOR® dedication and the role that NAR members play in making property ownership and the American dream a reality,” says NAR President William E. Brown.

NAR recently extended its sponsorship of “Within These Walls” until 2030. Planned upgrades, to be completed by year’s end, will include new details about the home’s residents during the Revolutionary War era, more interactive engagement features, an updated website, and accessibility improvements. The exhibit will also showcase important moments in housing history, starting with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in 2018.

Visitors to “Within These Walls” encounter a picture of everyday home life that emerges against the backdrop of American history, including such touch points as colonial America, the American Revolution, slavery and abolition, the industrial revolution, and World War II.

NAR will promote the renewed alliance with the Smithsonian—a source of great pride to REALTORS®—to consumers throughout the length of the sponsorship. Check out the exhibit here.