Aerial View of Elephant in NMNH Rotunda, 1981

ID: SIA2009-3234 and 357-1954


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: July 31, 1981

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, Folder September 1981

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Aerial image of the National Museum of Natural History's Rotunda shows the 10-ton Fénykövi Elephant in the center while visitors stroll around the museum floor. Engineer Peter C. Metzelar of the Office of Plant Services took the photograph at the very top of the museum with his Canon 50 mm lens on July 31, 1981. A few weeks of refurbishing the elephant's skin had just been completed. The photo won an award.


  • Torch, The (Staff Magazine)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Office of Plant Services (OPlantS)
  • Natural History Building Rotunda


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


This image appeared in the September 1981 issue of the Smithsonian Torch

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, Folder September 1981

Contact information

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


July 31, 1981

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  • Aerial photography
  • Museums
  • Rotundas
  • Fénykövi Elephant
  • Museum visitors
  • Aerial photographs


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

ID Number

SIA2009-3234 and 357-1954

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic Print

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