Who We Are
Mission, Vision, and Values
The National Museum of American Religion invites all people to be inspired by the Constitution’s bold commitment to the ideal of religious freedom and to be moved to seek its preservation for future generations.
The National Museum of American Religion will be:
- Committed to accessibility
The National Museum of American Religion explores the impact of religion on America, and America on religion. Committed to honesty and inclusivity, it tells stories of individuals, institutions, and movements that have formed the distinctive religious history of our nation. NMAR invites all people to discover how the ideal of religious freedom, as expressed in the Constitution and experienced by people throughout United States history, has shaped our social, political, economic and cultural lives from the period before European colonization to the present day.
The National Museum of American Religion will be the nationally recognized center for presenting, interpreting, and educating the public about the impact of America’s fragile experiment with religious freedom on the United States and the lives of people who have made this country their home. It seeks to inspire civil dialogue and debates about this complex and moving story, while also challenging assumptions and understandings about religion’s impact on history and contemporary life.
John M. Barry
Ann D. Braude
David F. Holland
Diana Butler Bass
W. Cole Durham, Jr.
Robert P. George
Linford D. Fisher
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Thomas S. Kidd
Brian J. Grim
Dr. Charles Haynes
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser
Dr. Azza Karam
Anthony Picarello, Jr.
Dr. Diane L. Moore
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Pamela S. Nadell
Dr. Josh Perelman
Michael W. McConnell
Dr. Andrew Preston
Dr. Denise Spellberg
Gary P. Zola
Asma T. Uddin
Dr. Eric Lewis Williams
Dr. Harry Stout
David Daniels III
Tammi J. Schneider
Dr. Lauren Turek
Paul Louis Metzger
Annette Marie Lantos Tillemann-Dick
Religions Advisory Committee
- Alexander Stewart, Historian, Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic FaithAlfred Day, Alfred T. Day III, General Secretary General Commission on Archives and History United Methodist Church
- Anthony Picarello, General Counsel at U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Bill Kostlevy, Director, Brethren Historical Library and Archives at Church of the Brethren
- Bradley Hirschfield, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL)
- Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Harmel, Executive Director of the Concordia Historical Institute
- Garth Brokaw, American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries (ABHCM)
- Heather Gonzales, Vice President and COO, National Association of Evangelicals
- Imam Mohammed Magid, Executive Religious Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
- Jasjit Singh, Executive Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
- Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches
- Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD)
- Nancy Taylor, Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), Executive Director
- Rev. Margaret Rose, Ecumenical and Interreligious Deputy to the Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church
- Robert H. Stockman, Director, Wilmette Institute
- Darrin Rogers, Director, Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center at General Council of the Assemblies of God
- Stan Ingersol, Archives Manager at Nazarene Archives
- Stephen Murray, Executive Director, Congregational Library and Archives
- David Trim, Director of Archives, Statistics, and Research at the World Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists.
- Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League
- Maria Mazzenga, Curator, American Catholic History Collections, Special Collections, University Libraries, The Catholic University of America
Explore the planned in-museum experience for the National Museum of American Religion in our Master Study.
Rendering of the outside of the National Museum of American Religion
The Museum will be located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Rendering of the Introductory Experience to the Museum
The Museum will feature a “Recording Booth” that will be used to record and collect visitors’ reactions to exhibits and questions.
Rendering of an Interactive Exhibit
This raised digital map will show religious immigration patterns to and within the United States.