Natural History Exhibit in the South Hall, U.S. National Museum, by Unknown, c. 1881-1887, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Natural History Exhibit in the South Hall of the United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, c.1881-1887. In the foreground of the picture is the whale skeleton (before it was hung from the ceiling). View includes two women sitting on benches in the exhibit hall, the Seal exhibit, and the Rotunda with its stencil work before the "Statue of Freedom" was placed there. The museum is still newly opened because the galleries have not yet been built..