New Floors for Exhibition Halls, U.S. National Museum Building

ID: 2002-12165 and MNH-9307

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1901

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder 23

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Laborers can be seen preparing for a new floor of marble and terrazzo in the South East Range of the United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building. They are using a tool called a "galera." The work was done by the National Mosaic Company, owned by John Zanier. Above them are two skeletons hanging from the ceiling, an extinct arctic sea-cow and a whale. On the wall behind them is a display of saws from saw-fish.


  • Zanier, John
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


This work is discussed on page 33 of the 1901 United States National Museum Annual Report. Original negative number is MNH-9307.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder 23

Contact information

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


c. 1901

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  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Construction
  • Ceilings
  • Architecture
  • National Mosaic Company
  • Terrazzo
  • Mammals
  • Construction workers
  • Marine Biology
  • Animals
  • Fishes
  • Whales
  • Specimens
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Skeleton
  • Renovations
  • Floors
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Marine mammals
  • Marble


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid
  • Interior

ID Number

2002-12165 and MNH-9307

Physical description

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

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