Anacostia Neighborhood Museum Opens

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The Anacostia Neighborhood Museum opens in Anacostia, a primarily African American neighborhood in southeast Washington, with a celebration including an 84-piece band. This museum, an "experimental community museum," which is located in a renovated theater, is operated in cooperation with the local community. Its first six exhibits include: a Mercury space capsule; a reproduction of an 1890 Anacostia store; a little theater; shoebox collections on many natural-science subjects; skeletons that could be disassembled; and a small zoo.


  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Anacostia Neighborhood Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 178.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1968. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. 10.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," September 1967, p. 1.

Contact information

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


September 15, 1967


  • Architecture
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  • Exhibitions
  • History
  • New Bureaus
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • African Americans
  • Buildings


Washington (D.C.)

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