Arts and Industries Building and its collection

Arts and Industries Building

The Arts and Industries Building is the second oldest (after The Castle ) of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Initially named the National Museum , it was built to provide the Smithsonian with its first proper facility for public display of its growing collections. The building, designed by architects Adolf Cluss and Paul Schulze, opened in 1881, hosting an inaugural ball for President James A. Garfield . It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. After being closed since 2004, the building reopened in 2021 with a special exhibition, Futures , scheduled to run through July 2022.

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Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Dr SW

Visitor information Arts and Industries Building

Opening hours

10:00 – 17:30
Tuesday Closed
10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:30
10:00 – 17:30

Extended hours Fridays and Saturdays until 7PM




Wheelchair accessible

Location & Map

900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington D.C.

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