Children's Room in the South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle

ID: SIA RU000371 [14744]

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1901

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: May 1974, Image No. 14744

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The room was converted by Secretary Samuel P. Langley in 1901 to provide a natural history exhibit for children. Seen here are the large aquarium with live fish, some of the cases with natural history specimens specially designed to a child's height, a large kaleidoscope with live fish swimming in a tank at its end, and the decorative wall stencils and ceiling designed by Grace Lincoln Temple. The room was intended by Secretary Langley to inspire children in the study of the natural world.


  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


  • Also known as MNH-14744.
  • Original glass negative available in SIA Acc. 11-007.
  • Featured in "The Torch," May 1974
  • See also Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 8.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: May 1974, Image No. 14744

Repository Loc.

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



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Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [14744]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;

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