Postcard of the New National Museum #R2338

ID: SIA2013-02586 (front) and SIA2013-02587 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1915-1930

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 33, Folder: 12

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Summary

Color postcard of the new United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History. Its roof is gray, although in reality it is gold. The trees are full and the lawn in front of the building has a garden of colorful flowers. The front of the postcard has a white border. The postcard is unused, but the message side has a printed note about the museum: "The New National Museum in the Mall is a massive and dignified structure of granite, 561x365 feet in area, being greater than any other government building except the Capitol."

Subject

  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The new United States National Museum opened to the public on March 17, 1910. The U.S. National Museum was first housed in what is now known as the Arts and Industries Building. The new U.S. National Museum is now the National Museum of Natural History.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 33, Folder: 12

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1915-1930

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

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

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-02586 (front) and SIA2013-02587 (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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