Children's Room, 1901

ID: 8010 or MNH-8010

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1901

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

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Children's Room in the South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), or "Castle." The natural history displays were conceived by Secretary Samuel P. Langley (1887-1906) and were intended to inspire children to study the natural world. Cases were specifically designed to suit a child's height and all Latin labels were replaced with poetic inscriptions. Stenciled over the door to the garden was a quote paraphrased from Aristotle that reads, "Knowledge begins in wonder."


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For more information see: The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building by Field, Stamm, and Ewing, p. 126-130.

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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,



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  • Natural History
  • Children
  • Natural history


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

8010 or MNH-8010

Physical description

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

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