United States National Museum (A&I) Construction, Northwest Quadrant

ID: SIA2008-2453 or SA-744

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1879

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

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View of the construction of the northwest quadrant of the United States National Museum (USNM), now known as the Arts & Industries Building (A&I). The exterior and interior walls are under construction. This view is from the South Tower of the Smithsonian Building, looking east towards the United States Capitol Building. The corner of the Smithsonian Institution Building can be seen on the left. The ceremonial ground breaking for the new museum was held on April 17, 1879.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


For a sequential view of the progress of the building's construction see Neg. #s 2005-8427 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
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2008-2453 or SA-744

Physical description

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

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