Natural History Building Viewed from Jefferson Drive

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The Natural History Museum building, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, viewed from outside of the Smithsonian Institution building on Jefferson Drive. A figure is walking along the National Mall parallel to the camera. Cars are parked along three visible streets, including Jefferson Drive, Madison Drive, and intermediate streets on the mall, with five cars visible in the near middle ground. A foreground of rough earth takes up the bottom third of the image. The lower right side of the image is blurry.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Image taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in Section N of a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C., scenes.
  • 'October 1935' is written in pencil on the page below the print. Alternative Negative Number is 32149-2.

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

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  • Automobile parking
  • Museums
  • Motor vehicles


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


  • Exterior
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2011-2359 or 32149-2

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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