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Photograph of the NIST Museum Lobby
NIST Museum Lobby
Photograph of the NIST Museum Lobby
NIST Museum Lobby
Photograph of the NIST Museum Main Room
NIST Museum Main Room

From platinum bars to toilet paper, the NIST Museum has a diverse collection of over 1,500 objects and scientific instruments that relate to NBS/NIST tales of success, challenges, and ingenuity. The Museum aims to investigate these stories from the artifacts themselves and bring them to the forefront. This has resulted in approximately 360 scientific instruments and artifacts currently on exhibit, with more to be explored.

Visit the NIST Digital Archives (NDA) to see the Museum Collection.

Catalog photo of LoTIS device with ruler
Museum Collection
Credit: NIST Museum

Museum Tours

Over 360 items are currently on display in the Museum. The Museum Main Room is open to staff and registered visitors from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, and you can explore additional exhibits in the Museum Lobby, Rabinow Room, Hall of Standards, and online exhibits 24/7.

The NIST campus is not open to the general public. Only staff and registered laboratory or conference visitors are allowed access to the NIST campus.

Guided tours are available by appointment for staff and registered visitors. To schedule a tour please email your request to museum [at] (museum[at]nist[dot]gov).

Self-guided tours do not require an appointment. Brochures for self-guided tours are in the museum lobby.

Visit the Online Exhibits webpage to explore the Virtual Exhibits, Archived Virtual Exhibits, and Artifacts of Interest.

NIST Museum Self-Guides Tour Map with color coded Stop points for customers.
Museum Self-Guided Tour Map
Credit: NIST Museum


Created September 22, 2016, Updated February 20, 2024