The Smithsonian: A Guide to its National Public Facilities in Washington, D.C

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Work gives a history of the Smithsonian Institution and introduction to its Secretaries. Follows with step-by-step, hall-by-hall tour of the Smithsonian Museums, including the National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, Arts & Industries Building, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Freer Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), National Portrait Gallery, Renwick Gallery, Museum of African Art, Barney Studio House, and National Zoological Park. Also gives tour of National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center, and the Garber Facility. Also provides information on transportation, parking, food, Discovery Theater, Zoo Fest, Festival of American Folklife, Kite Festival, Museum Shops. A "QuickGuide" provides most pertinent information, including hours and days of operation, as well as most fascinating exhibits.


  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • Barney Studio House (Washington, D.C.)
  • Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility
  • Smithsonian Museum Shops
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Festival of American Folklife


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Contact information

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




  • SI, Early History
  • Public programs
  • Exhibitions

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