Relics from the "Maine" in the Hall of Naval History, by Unknown, 1952, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Exhibit of relics entitled "The destruction of the U.S.S. Maine" on display in the Hall of Naval History, which opened in 1952 in the United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building. The Maine was blown up in Havana Harbor, Cuba in 1898, and was the incident that caused the United States to declare war on Spain beginning the Spanish-American War..