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The Smithsonian Institution celebrates it 150th Anniversary, or sesquicentennial, with a Birthday Party on the Mall on August 10-11, 1996. The festivities include 23 pavilions which stretched from 3rd Street to 14th Street and represented all the museums and several research facilities and offices; the Smithsonian 150th commemorative coin is unveiled; the new Castle tower bell is dedicated and rung for the first time; the evening of the 10th there is a concert and fireworks over the Castle and the Washington Monument.


  • 150th Birthday Party on the Mall (Event)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Birthday Party on the Mall (Event)
  • Sesquicentennial of the Smithsonian Institution (Event)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Reference File, "The Torch," August 1996, p. 1.

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


August 10-11, 1996


  • Bells
  • Festivals
  • Anniversaries
  • Commemorative coins
  • Concerts
  • Fireworks
  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)


  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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