Comparative Anatomy Hall Installation, U.S. National Museum

ID: 2002-12146

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder 14

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Installation of the Comparative Anatomy Hall in the new United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building. Workers can be seen using a pulley system to raise the skeleton of a whale to the ceiling. Quadruped skeletons are visible in cases on the floor.


  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum
  • Comparative Anatomy (Exhibition)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Original negative number is 11254, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder 14

Contact information

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


c. 1881

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  • Ceilings
  • Construction
  • Workmen
  • Employees
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Mammals
  • Galleries
  • Paleontology
  • Marine Biology
  • Museum buildings
  • Moving of artifacts
  • Animals
  • Whales
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Fossil Vertebrates
  • Specimens
  • Bones
  • Exhibitions
  • Skeleton
  • Marine mammals
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Museum exhibits


Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid
  • Interior

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

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