The Castle Stereos: Views of Exhibits in the Smithsonian Institution

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Final part of a series of three articles on stereo views of the Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle in the late nineteenth century. The Castle opened to the public in 1855 and contained exhibits of scientific, artistic, historical, and cultural materials. These images include a meteorite, minerals, sculpture, a Megatherium skeleton, mammals, Native Americans, a Japanese warrior, Dr. Kane's Arctic expedition gear, and mummies from Peru and Egypt


  • Palmer, Joseph
  • Kane, Elisha Kent 1820-1857
  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • Tucson Ring Meteorite
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Arctic Expedition


Smithsonian History Bibliography


Author Stamm is Keeper of the Castle Collection; co-author Fleming was a photo archivist at the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives.

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Stereo World 35, no. 5 (Journal)

Contact information

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


March/April 2010


  • Megatherium
  • Human remains (Archaeology)
  • Mammals
  • History
  • Photographic collections
  • Taxidermy
  • Photography
  • Meteorites
  • Animals
  • Sculpture
  • Historians
  • Armor
  • Mummies
  • Exhibitions
  • Japanese Military Uniforms
  • Indians of North America
  • Sioux Indians
  • Japanese Armor
  • Photography--History


  • United States
  • Egypt
  • Peru


Stereoscopic view

Physical description

Number of pages: 9; Page numbers: 12-20

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