Children's Room, SI Building

ID: MAH-13391

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1901

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 8

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The Children's Room in the South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building, was created by third Secretary Samuel P. Langley (1887-1906) as a natural history display area especially for children. Seen here is the large aquarium with live fish, some of the cases with natural history specimens of birds specially designed to a child's height, and bird cages. The room was intended by Secretary Langley to inspire children in the study of the natural world.


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 8

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


c. 1901

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  • Education
  • Natural History
  • Exhibitions
  • Children
  • Natural history


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

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

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