Children's Room, Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle

ID: SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B41_F08_004]

Creator: United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1901

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 08, Image No. SIA_000095_B41_F08_004

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Interior view, Children's Room in the South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, with kaleidoscope designed by Secretary Langley which had live fish swimming in the triangular tank at the end in view at right.


  • Temple, Grace Lincoln
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


  • USNM No. 13383
  • SPS Copy No. 85-7818
  • The natural history displays were conceived by Secretary Samuel P. Langley (1887-1906) and were intended to inspire children to study the natural world. Cases were specifically designed to suit a child's height and all Latin labels were replaced with poetic inscriptions. To enhance children's interest in natural history, Langley had live birds and fish placed in the room. Grace Lincoln Temple designed the decorative scheme of the room, which featured a stenciled Celtic wall frieze of stylized birds and an elaborate painted ceiling of a leaf-covered trellis with birds peering down.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 08, Image No. SIA_000095_B41_F08_004

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