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The United States National Museum Building (now called the Arts and Industries Building) is occupied. It is believed that no building in the world, excepting perhaps the Grand Opera House in Paris, has a more complete application of electricity to practical purposes. An additional appropriation of $26,000 has been used to lay marble floors on the ground floors and a tile floor in the rotunda. A fountain was added to the design during the final stages of construction.


  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 330, 839.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1881. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883, p. 10-12.

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


October, 1881


  • Architecture
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