Postcard of the United States National Museum Building

ID: SIA2013-06643 (front) and SIA2013-06644 (back)

Creator: B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1915-1930

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 75, Folder: 7

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Postcard with an exterior view of the old United States National Museum building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building. 1721 is in the bottom left-hand corner on the front. The front has a white border. The American Flag is flying above the museum, and a couple is sitting on a bench under a tree. The message side is blank, but there is a printed note about the museum: "The National Museum contains the Government collections, comprising millions of objects of scientific and artistic interest, collected from all quarters of the globe."


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Arts and Industries Building was designed by two Philadelphia architects: Adolph Cluss and Rudolph Schulze.
  • This postcard is located in Accession #02-023, which is part of Record Unit 95.
  • For another version of this postcard, see Negatives 2003-19543 and SIA2013-07201.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 75, Folder: 7

Contact information

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


c. 1915-1930

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  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
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Washington (D.C.)


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ID Number

SIA2013-06643 (front) and SIA2013-06644 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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