NHB West Court Project Completed

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The Naturalists' Center opens as the final phase of the West Court project at the National Museum of Natural History, Natural History Building. The three levels of the facility house a museum shop, book store, lounge and dining rooms for the public, employees, and members of the Associate programs. Also located in the court is a Naturalists' Center where amateur naturalists study specimens and consult with Smithsonian staff members.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Naturalist Center
  • Smithsonian Associates, The )


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1977, p. 4
  • Torch, 12/1976, p. 6
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

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


December 4, 1976


  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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