Observation Beehive Noted in a Brief Guide to the Smithsonian Institution, c.1950

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Summary

According to the Brief Guide to the Smithsonian Institution, c.1950, an observation beehive was located in the Arts and Industries Building. The guidebook states, "Opening off from the rubber exhibit is a glass observation hive of thousands of Italian honey-bees, where throughout the warmer part of the year the visitor may watch the busy bees bring in nectar and pollen from flowers out-of-doors."

Subject

  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • According to the Brief Guide to the Smithsonian Institution, published between c.1939 to c.1962, an observation beehive was located in the Arts and Industries Building. Photographic evidence suggests that the observation beehive was on display in the food exhibit in the Comparative Technology section as early as the 1890s.
  • SIA Information File, Box 14, Guidebooks to the National Museums, c.1939-1950.

Contact information

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

Date

c.1950

Topic

  • Beehive
  • Guide books
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Construction (Exhibits)
  • Rubber
  • Bees
  • Comparative Technology Section (USNM)
  • Museum publications

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