Postcard of the Old National Museum

ID: SIA2011-2301 (front) and SIA2011-2302 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1915-1930

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 25

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Postcard entitled Old National Museum, Washington, D.C. The building opened in 1881 as the United States National Museum and is now known as the Arts and Industries Building. There is a full tree in front of the building, and two people sitting underneath it on a bench. A yellow car is on the road in front of the building. The front of the postcard has a white border. The message side is unused, but it has a short 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.)
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Arts and Industries Building was designed by two Philadelphia architects: Adolph Cluss and Rudolph Schulze.
  • The postcard is numbered R-21202 on the top of the address side.
  • This postcard is part of Accession 11-271, which is part of Record Unit 95.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 25

Contact information

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


c. 1915-1930

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  • Museum buildings
  • Postcard
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)


Washington (D.C.)


  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-2301 (front) and SIA2011-2302 (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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