US Department of the Interior Museum

The Interior Museum preserves artifacts and documents related to the history of the Department and the architecture of the 1930s Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. Since1936, the Interior Museum has collected over 6,000 objects of cultural, historic, and scientific importance, including a collection of over 800 North American Indian baskets. The Interior Museum Murals Tour visits 26 photographic murals by Ansel Adams and over fifty mural panels painted by Maynard Dixon, Gifford Beal, and others. Students will see how the Department's people and places have influenced American identity and figured into television shows, feature films and bestselling publications. From silent films and animated cartoons to blockbuster hits and novels, they will discover just how often America's public lands, wildlife refuges and national parks—and even the headquarters building in Washington, DC—have been cast in memorable supporting roles.
 
Contact Info
Address: 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240. District Of Columbia County. Tel: 202-208-4743. Website: www.doi.gov/interiormuseum. Hrs: Mon. - Fri. 8:30AM - 4:30PM. Closed Federal holidays.

Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-College. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Art, Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Art, Social Studies.
 


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