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The United States National Museum sets aside Rooms 44 to 47 in the foyer of the Natural History Building for a District collection, chiefly designed to aid teachers and students in nature study. Birds were installed in Rooms 44 and 45 while the mammals, reptiles (snakes, lizards and turtles), batrachians (frogs, toads, and salamanders), fish, mollusks, and insects are displayed in Room 46. In Room 47, a stereomotorgraph was placed, in which lantern slides of bird homes and local wild flowers as they come in bloom were exhibited.


  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Birds
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • A District of Columbia bird exhibit has been maintained in the foyer of Baird Auditorium ever since.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 298, Box 1, "Local Notes," 2/15/1923, p. 6.

Contact information

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


February 1923


  • Reptiles
  • Wild flowers
  • Natural History
  • Nature study
  • Birds
  • Museums
  • Mammals
  • Animals
  • Education
  • Fishes
  • Study and teaching
  • Exhibitions
  • Invertebrates
  • Natural history--Study and teaching
  • Education--Museums
  • Museum exhibits


  • North America
  • Washington (D.C.)

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