U.S. National Museum Under Construction

ID: 2005-8427 or SA-742

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 7

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The United States National Museum Building, now the Arts and Industries Building, designed by Architects Cluss and Schulze, is under construction, December 1879. Scaffolding is in place around the exterior of the building. The center rotunda has been partially constructed. This view is from the South Tower of the Smithsonian Building, looking east towards the United States Capitol. A very small portion of the Smithsonian Institution Building can be seen on left. The ceremonial ground breaking for the new museum was on April 17, 1879.


  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Cluss & Schulze
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • South Yard


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


The original negative number for this photograph is SA-742. This image was scanned and given a digital file number, 2005-8427. For a sequential view of the progress of the building's construction see Neg. #s SA-764 and 2002-10693.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 7

Contact information

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



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  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture
  • New Museums
  • Construction (Buildings)


  • District of Columbia
  • Southwest
  • United States of America
  • Washington
  • Arts and Industries Building


  • Photographic print
  • Architecture
  • Exterior

ID Number

2005-8427 or SA-742

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print

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