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The National Museum and Center for Service

A center for people to gather and be inspired to provide a hand up for their communities.

Service over self has been the foundation of the American spirit from the very beginning.  In countless ways, large and small, that spirit of service is renewed and revealed every day wherever Americans commit themselves to helping others.

Now, perhaps more than ever, we need a place to tell the story of service in all its forms. A place and a way to transcend our differences – to bring us together, to remind us and the world of what Americans do when we are truly at our best.

The National Museum and Center for Service will be that place and it should be in the nation’s capital and recognized across the country.

A place that celebrates generosity of spirit — where your neighbor, who is the first to raise their hand when someone is in need, is honored in our nation’s capital.


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A place that honors the diversity of our great nation — and how far we have come in recognizing it


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Where individuals, students and institutions come together and collaborate to solve complex social problems.


Image courtesy of Olson Kundig

The National Museum and Center for Service — unifying and inspiring America through our core value of service. 

“A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.”

– President George H.W. Bush


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