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Arts and Industries Building, DC
The building's exhibition halls are currently closed in preparation for renovation.
The Arts and Industries Building has a special role among Smithsonian buildings, as the original home of the National Museum. Designed in a High Victorian style by the Washington architectural firm of Cluss and Schulze, it opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield.
Address:900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Directions:The galleries are located on the National Mall, the grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, steps from the Smithsonian Metro stop.