Prehistoric Archaeology Exhibit in the Castle

ID: SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-2962]

Creator: United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory

Form/Genre: Glass negatives

Date: 1880

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 006, Image No. MAH-2962

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Prehistoric Archaeology exhibit in Upper Main Hall (above Great Hall) of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, showing ethnological and archeological specimens. An immense painted Tsimshian housefront, acquired from the Northwest Coastal Indians for display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876, is visible on the west wall at the back of the room. Numerous busts populate the tops of exhibit cases. Spears and bows and arrows from various tribes are decoratively grouped in patterns on the walls.


  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


  • Also known as 2962.
  • See also Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 4.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 006, Image No. MAH-2962

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1880
  • 1880s

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  • Archaeology
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  • Anthropology


Glass negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-2962]

Physical description

8 x 10;

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