This beautiful building was the first major museum on the mall, built as the National Museum in 1881 to house the Smithsonian's earliest collections

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National Mall Museums Architecture Walking Tour

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Starting at the Smithsonian Castle, we'll visit the original home and oldest muse...

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Arts & Industries Building, Washington DC

This beautiful building was the first major museum on the mall, built as the National Museum in 1881 to house the Smithsonian's earliest collections.

This beautiful building was the first major museum on the mall, built as the National Museum in 1881 to house the Smithsonian's earliest collections. The collections have since been moved to the Natural History and American History museums, but the building still does host occasional exhibits (and serves as office space for the Smithsonian). Currently closed for renovation.


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About Arts & Industries Building

 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

 +1 202 633-100

Arts & Industries Building and Nearby Sights on Map

National Mall

Stretching over 2 miles in the east-west direction on the banks of the Potomac River, the National Mall is the most visited national park in the USA

Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Castle is a distinctive red sandstone building that is home to the home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center which presents an overview of the Smithsonian system as well as occasional exhibitions

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

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National Museum of Natural History

The real show stoppers here are the gargantuan, complete dinosaur fossils, and you won't have to search to find them! Further into the museum you'll find displays of world cultures, meteorites, mineral samples, and the evolution of life from beginnings to today

National Museum of African Art

A much smaller museum of art than the massive NGA and Hirshhorn museums, but it is excellently exhibited, and extremely family-friendly, with daily events and programs for kids

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Asia is a rather large place, and a tour through these Asian Art museums is a bit like a travel from Japan to Turkey

National Archives

The National Archives preserves documents of national and historical importance such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an original version of the 1297 Magna Carta, Articles of Confederation, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Emancipation Proclamation, declassified top secret documents related to the Cold War, and collections of photography and other historically and culturally significant American artifacts

U.S. Navy Memorial

The United States Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue NW is an open-air monument that honors those who have served and are currently serving in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine

National Air and Space Museum

Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum houses the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the world

National Gallery of Art

The staggering depth and breadth of the world-class collections here are a clear testament to U