Greetings from the Smithsonian A Postcard History

See how Washington, DC and Smithsonian visitors have shared their trips with others by taking a historic look at the Smithsonian through the picture postcard.

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National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) was created on November 18, 1989, when President George H.W. Bush signed an act allowing the transfer of the Museum of the American Indian into the Smithsonian to create NMAI. As one of the Smithsonian’s newer museums, the images in this gallery show the evolution of postcard use at the Smithsonian. The NMAI postcards mainly advertise exhibits or serve as RSVP cards to special exhibit functions.