Natural History Building Reopens to Public

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The United States National Museum, not the National Museum of Natural History reopens to the public after giving the Bureau of War Risk Insurance the use of three floors of its building for office space in October 1917. The Museum reopens to the public when the Bureau vacates to their new building. The first floor is opened on April 11 and the second floor on April 22.


  • United States Bureau of War Risk Insurance
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1919, p. 14.
  • Yochelson, Ellis L. The National Museum of Natural History: 75 Years in the Natural History Building. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985., p. 9

Contact information

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


April, 1919


  • Architecture
  • Openings
  • Wartime Activities
  • Buildings

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