Proposal to Purchase Smithsonian Building for National Museum




Date: December 31, 1853


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Secretary Joseph Henry reports that the Commissioner of Patents suggests that a part or the whole of the Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle be purchased for the deposit of the collection of the national museum in the Patent Office. Henry agrees with the proposal so long as the Smithsonian does not bear the expense of collecting and maintaining the museum.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Patent Office


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Engraving of Smithsonian Castle, c. 1849. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 76-4354.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1853, p. 9

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December 31, 1853


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