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The (National) Museum of History and Technology opens in its new building, occupying the equivalent of ten exhibition halls. After the opening, another fifty permanent exhibit halls will be completed. President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the building on January 22. In the first weekend, 54,000 people visited the Museum. The halls opened included the Flag Hall, First Ladies' Hall, the halls of Everyday Life in the American Past, American Costume, Farm Machinery, Light Machinery, Tools, Vehicles, Railroads, as well as a temporary exhibition presenting examples of exhibits to be installed in other halls of the building.


  • Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • United States President


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1964. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1965, p. 9, 53, 66.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 96.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, "The Torch," March 1974, p. 5.

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


January 23, 1964


  • Architecture
  • Openings
  • American History Building
  • History of Technology
  • Exhibit openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Buildings

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