Natural History Building

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Exterior view of the Natural History Building as seen from the National Mall. Three cars are parked in front of the building on Madison Drive, NW.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building South Entrance
  • United States National Museum
  • South Front of the Natural History Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, ground and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes (Section N).
  • The geographic location of this image is approximated by the objects pictured in the image. It is not an exact longitude and latitude.
  • In 1935 the Natural History Building was called the United States National Museum and is now known as the National Museum of Natural History.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook A-N

Contact information

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


October 1935

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Natural history museums
  • Museum buildings
  • Automobiles


  • District of Columbia
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 2.5w x 2.5h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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