Museum Trends: Collecting Protest Signs

On January 21st, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, people all over the world protested. The women’s march on Washington drew an estimated 500,000 people from all over the country, and is one of the largest protests in U.S. history. Globally, around 3 million people marched.

As these marches will certainly be written into history textbooks, museums across the world have been collecting the signs. The National Museum of American History tweeted that their political history curatorial team was out on the National Mall for both the inauguration and the Women’s March, collecting protest signs. Other museums are also taking to social media, asking people to submit their protest signs. It is unclear whether the signs will be used in future exhibitions, or only for archival purposes. Either way, they are being preserved for posterity.

Here are a few signs that have gained significant attention on social media.

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Protest signs from Trump’s inauguration on January 20th tended to be more simple, but still effective in getting their point across.

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To find out more about this recent museum trend, and where you can donate your signs, visit:

Amy Shirer ’18


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