Secretary Adams Checks Underground Museum Construction

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In 1984, ninth Secretary Robert McCormick Adams, wearing a construction hat, checks the construction of the underground museum complex that now houses the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and S. Dillon Ripley International Center. The complex opened three years later. The Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle", is visible in the background along with cranes and other construction machinery.


  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • S. Dillon Ripley International Center
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in Torch Supplement, September 1994

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: September 1994

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Museum buildings
  • Construction
  • Secretariats
  • Cranes, derricks, etc
  • Architecture
  • Construction equipment
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Construction workers
  • Management--Museums
  • Buildings


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

84-14659-22A or 84-14659.22A

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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