Hoisting the New Bell for the Flag Tower, Smithsonian Institution Building

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The new bell for the Flag Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building being lifted by a crane to its new home. The new bell was installed in the Flag Tower on August 10, 1996 on the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution. The bell is 34" in diameter, 28" high and weighs 821 pounds. It is composed of solid bronze and was cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, England on September 21, 1995.


  • 150th Birthday Party on the Mall (Event)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


See Accession 98-042 for more pictures and information on the new bell.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 97-074 Box 1 Folder Birthday Party on the Mall Bell and Flag

Contact information

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



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  • Anniversaries
  • Bells
  • Cranes, derricks, etc
  • Flag Tower
  • Sesquicentennial of the Smithsonian Institution (Event)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Smithsonian's 150th Birthday Party
  • Birthday Party on the Mall (Event)
  • Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Smithsonian Institution Building--Flag Tower
  • Installation
  • Event


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Color: Color; Size: 4w x 6h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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