Visitors in Front of the A&I Building During the 1950s

ID: 48169 or MAH-48169

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1950s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 8

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Crowds flock to the Arts & Industries Building (A&I) in the early 1950s after the Exhibits Modernization Program gave the history displays a new look. The "Syrian Sarcophagus" was brought into the country by a U.S. commodore who intended to give it to Andrew Jackson to be buried in. Jackson graciously refused the offer and the sarcophagus was eventually turned over to the Smithsonian and in May 1883 placed in front of the United States National Museum. Note the two-way traffic on the street in front of the building.


Arts and Industries Building


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 8

Contact information

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


c. 1950s

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  • Museum buildings
  • Syrian Sarcophagus
  • Transportation
  • North Entrance
  • Museums
  • Sarcophagi
  • Sarcophagus
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Museum visitors
  • Arts and Industries Building--North Entrance


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid
  • Exterior

ID Number

48169 or MAH-48169

Physical description

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

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