Archives Puzzles: Constructing the National Museum of Natural History

This summer, have a little fun with images from our collections that have been designated as open access. Anyone can now download, transform, share, and reuse millions of images as part of Smithsonian Open Access.

Each Monday, sit back, relax, and ease into the work week with puzzles created from images in our collections that have been designated as open access. Anyone can now download, transform, share, and reuse these images as part of Smithsonian Open Access, launched in 2020.

Today’s puzzle features a construction scene at the site of the new United States National Museum, known today as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, on September 26, 1904. Legislation for the new building was passed in 1902, but Smithsonian administrators halted construction in 1905 because they were unhappy with the architects’ plans. Laborers worked at the site until the building was completed in 1911. 

The Original:

Blue-tinted photograph of people working at a construction site.   

The Puzzle:

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