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Opening ceremonies are held at the National Portrait Gallery. It collects and displays paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photographs of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States. It is located in the former Patent Office Building, newly named the Fine Arts and Portraits Galleries, which it shares with the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the National Museum of American Art. On October 6, 1968, an opening was held for the Smithsonian Associates and on October 7, 1968, the Gallery was opened to the public.


  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Smithsonian Associates, The )
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1969. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1969, p. 408.
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 143.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology."

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


October 5, 1968


  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Openings
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Art objects
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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