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Smithsonian 16h
Replying to @erindolanc
Cool shot. This is actually our Arts and Industries Building, which we just shared a thread about:
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National Air and Space Museum 23h
On this day in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space:
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Smithsonian 17h
Replying to @NanaGongadze
Welcome! 👋
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Smithsonian 17h
Replying to @HalcyonInspires
The Arts and Industries Building is also a great place to plan your visit for , when we're open late to celebrate the first Saturday of the summer.
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Smithsonian 17h
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You can visit this weekend for the festival, which has filled the building with art installations. These are Victor Ekpuk's “Eye See You,” Stevie Famulari's “Engaging Urban Greening,” and Jonathan Rosen's "Walking on Clouds.” Festival details:
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Smithsonian 17h
The old U.S. National Museum Building was renamed the Arts and Industries Building in 1910. Currently, the space is open for special occasions while we develop it as a place for imagining the future through exciting events, exhibitions and collaborations.
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Smithsonian 17h
Replying to @SmithsonianArch
Before we had separate museums for natural history, American history, and air and space, it was where you could find exhibits on everything from zoology to space travel, plus some . photos from the 1880s, 1890s, 1920s, and 1960s (👀 the parking!).
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Smithsonian 18h
Replying to @CSIbarrister
Yay! Hope you can stop by. More specific programs listed here under the events tab:
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Smithsonian 18h
Replying to @Mike_Asmus
Hi, the building has been open for special events, including this weekend for the festival. We're working on plans for the building's next chapter and will be eager to share more soon.
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Smithsonian 18h
Replying to @SmithsonianArch
The interior of the building is partially lit through the use of skylights and high windows, complemented by 💡electrical lighting💡 throughout the building from when it opened.
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Smithsonian 18h
Replying to @CSIbarrister
Hi, we're working on plans for the building's next chapter and open it for special events. It will be open this weekend! Information at:
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Smithsonian 18h
Replying to @SmithsonianArch
Spot the fossil! The floors in the main halls are covered in marble and limestone, original to the building in 1881. The marble, from a prehistoric quarry, was once under sea water and trapped small marine life. 📸: Farrah Skeiky
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Smithsonian 18h
Replying to @SmithsonianArch
The rotunda is its central and ceremonial focal point, with four halls extending off of it.
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Smithsonian 18h
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The building is one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century world exposition architecture in the U.S. It was based in part on the design of recently constructed international expo buildings, including London's Crystal Palace and Philadelphia's Government Building.
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Smithsonian 18h
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On April 17, 1879, ground was broken for the new museum building next to the Smithsonian Castle. This construction photo is in our . Its first event (before there was even a permanent floor): the inaugural ball of President Garfield.
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Smithsonian 18h
Our Arts and Industries Building opened in 1881 as the country's first National Museum, and was our original home for ideas about to change the world. 📸: Ron Blunt
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Smithsonian Jun 18
Can't wait for in association with ! 🌞 A few highlights: 🎨 Art installations at the Arts and Industries Building ✍️ "Art x Agency" at 💿 grooves at at and
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Smithsonian Jun 17
Replying to @notbangalore
Hi, thank you for sharing this feedback with us and for your support. To clarify, is this from the Friends of the Smithsonian? We will share this with the right team.
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Smithsonian Jun 17
Thanks so much for visiting our .
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Smithsonian Jun 17
Thanks for visiting us! We know there's a lot to see, and hope you can come back soon.
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