Spirit of St. Louis in the United States National Museum, by Unknown, 1930s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, The "Spirit of St. Louis" hangs above the North Hall of the United States National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries Building. The Northeast Court and Galleries can be seen clearly through the archways in the North Hall. The "Statue of Freedom" can be seen in the Rotunda, and the "History of the United States" exhibit can be seen below the plane. Charles A. Lindbergh donated the airplane to the Smithsonian on April 30, 1928 and The "Spirit of St. Louis" first went on display in the Arts and Industries Building on May 13, 1928..