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Patent Office Building Exterior, Home of Smithsonian American Art Museum, by Unknown, Unknown, perhaps c. 1970s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 94-4416.

October 5, 1968

Opening ceremonies are held at the National Portrait Gallery. The museum collects and displays of paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photographs of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States. It is located in the former Patent Office Building, newly named the Fine Arts and Portraits Galleries, which it shares with the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum. On October 6, 1968, an opening is held for the Smithsonian Associates and on October 7, 1968, the Gallery is opened to the public.More

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