An Act To supplement the purposes of the Public Buildings Act of 1959 (73 Stat. 479), by authorizing agreements and leases with respect to certain properties in the District of Columbia, for the purpose of a national visitor center, and for other purposes

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  • The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Administrator of General Services, is authorized to negotiate with The Washington Terminal Company, the owner of the property in the District of Columbia known as Union Station, for use of all or a part of such property for a national visitor center to be known as the National Visitor Center and a parking facility. A National Visitor Facilities Advisory Commission is created which shall (1) conduct a continuing review of the National Visitor Center, (2) conduct investigations and studies of sites and plans to provide additional facilities and services for visitors and students coming to the Nation's Capital, and (3) advise the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of General Services with respect to the planning, construction, acquisition, and operation of all such visitor facilities.
  • The Commission shall be composed of the Secretary, the Administrator, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission, the Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts, six members of the Senate, six members of the House of Representatives, and three members appointed by the President. The Commission shall, from time to time, report to the Secretary and the Administrator the results of its reviews, studies, and investigations. The Architect of the Capitol is authorized and directed to provide adequate space and facilities in the Capitol Building for an educational and informational center and information and distribution stations for visitors.


  • Administrator of General Services
  • National Visitor Center
  • National Visitor Facilities Advisory Commission
  • Public Buildings Act of 1959
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Union Station
  • United States Congress House
  • United States Congress Senate
  • Washington Terminal Company
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 82 Stat. 43
  • Title 40, Public Buildings, Property, and Works
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


National Visitor Center Facilities Act of 1968

Contained within

82 Stat. 43 (1968); Pub. L. No. 90-264 (Book)

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


  • 1969
  • 03/12/1968


  • Parking lots
  • Visitors' centers
  • Students
  • Information services
  • Administrative agencies
  • Museums
  • Parking garages
  • Museum visitors
  • Visitors' centers--Washington (D.C.)


Washington (D.C.)


Public Law

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 43-46

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