The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Making A Modern Museum
The National Museum of American History opened to the public as the Museum of History and Technology in 1964. The architectural firm McKim, Mead & White designed the building as a contemporary take on surrounding beaux-arts and classical structures. The exterior's repeating bays were meant to evoke Greek columns. Inside, exhibitions highlighted the heritage and accomplishments of the United States and served as reminders of the importance of freedom and democracy during the Cold War.
Caption from photo:
The northern face of the Museum, early 1970s
National Museum of American History
Kenneth E. Behring Center
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.511′ N, 77° 1.786′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50) west of 12th Street NW. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of American History. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A National Museum (a few steps from this marker); Renovating the Fountain (within shouting Public Art for a Modern Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeping it Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of War (within shouting distance of this marker); From Workers to Environment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Division (about 500 feet away); Our Tax Dollars (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.