The National Public Housing Museum is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to telling the story of the American experience in public housing. The Museum draws on the power of place and memory to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper–a place to call home. 

With access to housing as the most pressing and urgent need facing the country today, the Museum creates opportunities for visitors to understand this issue, its history and scope - and offers the opportunity to engage in developing innovative public policy reform that will reimagine the future of communities, society and the places we call home.  

Often, we are told that this is a museum that is exactly right for these times. Formally organized in 2007 as a cultural initiative dedicated to advancing the belief that housing is a human right, the Museum is a site of conscience - a historically significant site that links the past with today’s most urgent social issues. Its mission is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper - a place to call home.

We anticipate moving into our new and permanent home, a 48,000 square foot building, the last remaining building of the 1937 WPA Jane Addams Homes, by 2021.  

Please click here for a list of planned exhibitions and programs for the new building.

The Museum is the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States. For more information about our plans, the campaign, or to make a contribution - please contact Director of Development, Sue Enright at senright@nphm.org.