Museum Opens to Public

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Creator: United States National Museum

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Date: December 1858

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Summary

The Museum in the Smithsonian Institution Building opens to the public. The 29 December 1858 Washington Star reports that many Washingtonians visited the Smithsonian Museum during the holidays and recommends it as an excellent place for both recreation and learning.

Subject

  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Lower Main Hall
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Great Hall

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • A federal appropriation was received in March of 1857 to construct cases for public display.
  • Image is "Museum in Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building," negative number 91-17967, from Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 15.
  • Washington Star, 13 November 1858 and 29 December 1858.

Contact information

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

Date

December 1858

Topic

  • Galleries
  • Museum buildings
  • Openings
  • Museums
  • Exhibitions
  • Museum visitors

Place

Washington (D.C.)

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