The Discovery Room: How it all began

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Marsh details the origins of the first Discovery Room at the National Museum of Natural History, from its beginnings as a small exhibit at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, to its thirteenth anniversary in 1987. Marsh reflects on the ideas and attitudes that shaped her plans for a hands-on exhibit for visitors.


  • Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Caryl Marsh, special assistant to S. Dillon Ripley, eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Contains bibliography.

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The Journal of Museum Education Vol.12 No.12

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




  • Hands-on exhibits
  • Education
  • Museums
  • Education--Museums
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museum techniques


Washington (D.C.)

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pages 3-5, 13

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