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Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

May 25, 2018 — March 3, 2019

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Portrait of Alexander Hamilton on a $5 stamp, issued March 19, 1956

This exhibit explores the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps. The experience is augmented by in-gallery interactives and educational programming, all coinciding with the Washington dates of the national touring version of “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

On display are the original dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the 1804 duel that resulted in Hamilton’s death. On loan to the museum from JPMorgan Chase & Co., this rare public showing represents the first time the pistols have been on public display in the Washington D.C. area. The pistols are on display from May 25 to September 16, 2018.

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