Every Collection has a StoryThe Archives holds records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, and research. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of the history of American experience, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding.

Community

Latest Blog Post
Latest Forum Topic

Get updates on our amazing collections!

Today in Smithsonian History

Preliminary Study for National Zoological Park, by Olmsted, Frederick Law 1822-1903, 1890, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1447.

September 4, 1890

F.L. Olmsted & Co., Landscape Architects, Brookline, Massachusetts, submits a preliminary study of Rock Creek Park for the National Zoological Park.  The plan shows a central developed plateau where most of the buildings are grouped. A winding carriage path leads through the Park to and from this area, with scattered exhibits visible from the pathway.More

Featured Exhibit