Boat Hall, U. S. National Museum

ID: 2964 or MAH-2964

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c.1890s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 10

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Water Transportation Hall, also known as "Boat Hall", exhibit in the Northeast Range of the U.S. National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, was a comprehensive display of boat models, from canoes to sailing craft to steam boats. The large Haida canoes from the Northwest Coast made a striking display. Canoes are hung from the ceiling. Models of sailboats can be seen in cases along the walls. The "Boat Hall" occupied the same space from 1881 when the building opened through the late 1960's.


  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Collections
  • United States National Museum North-East Range
  • Arts and Industries Building Northeast Range
  • Water Transportation Hall (A&I)


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Photos of this hall are also located in SIA Record Unit 95, Box 50, Folder 12. See Neg. #s 14776, 18996, 18997, 19002, 31357, 32493-C, SIA2007-0129 and SIA2009-0435 (2598) for other views of the Hall over time.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder: 10

Contact information

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



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  • Haida Culture
  • Artifacts
  • Boats and boating
  • Ceilings
  • Boat Hall
  • Models (representations)
  • Transportation
  • Exhibit cases
  • Exhibitions
  • Canoes and canoeing
  • Naval Architecture
  • Models and modelmaking


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

2964 or MAH-2964

Physical description

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

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