Mammals Exhibit, U.S. National Museum Building

ID: 2002-12154

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder 1

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Mammals exhibit in the South Hall of the National Museum (Arts and Industries) Building. Hanging overhead in the model of a whale, which includes its skeleton. The whale cast was formerly mounted on a stand; in 1887 it was removed and hung from the ceiling. In the foreground a small table with reading materials and chairs is visible. Thomas Crawford's "Statue of Freedom", which faces north, is visible in the Rotunda at the back.


  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building


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Original negative number is 8782, but that negative has been lost. Negative has a crack in it. Similar photo in negative # 8580. See Semi-Annual Report of Superintendent of Bldgs., 12/31/1887, RU198.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 43, Folder 1

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



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  • Taxidermy
  • Books and reading
  • Animals
  • Models (representations)
  • Whales
  • Exhibitions
  • Interiors
  • Skeleton
  • Statues
  • Mammals
  • Models
  • Books
  • Models and modelmaking


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

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

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