Aerial Photograph of the National Mall on August 10, 1996, by Unknown, 1996, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, An aerial photograph of the National Mall on August 10, 1996. The Mall is packed with people for the Birthday Party on the Mall celebration of the Smithsonian Institution's 150th anniversary. The Smithsonian Institution Building is on the left with the crowd gathered around the stage set up in front of the building for the concert, which was later followed by fireworks..