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Department of the Interior Museum

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Address: 1849 C St NW, Washington DC, DC 20240-0001
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08:30 - 16:30
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Ho Hum Museum, But Great Building

The DOI museum is an oddity. You have to enter an active Federal building to get to it, with all the wonderful screening required. The guard at the north entrance wasn't even... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Andeluna Adams photographs of the history of the Park Service, life size paintings of African American contributions to science, art, and education. Native American art and the glorious 47 piece collection of murals commissioned during Roosevelt's New Deal. And it's free. Twice a week guided tours. Call 202-208-4743

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San Francisco, California
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365 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

When we visited Washington DC during the 1st week of August, the Dept. of the Interior Museum was closed due to some emergency repairs fir an unknown specified period of time; therefore, we did not have a chance to visit it. It is well known for its displays of items that depict the US history as Native American culture. Anyhow,... More 

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674 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

The DOI museum is an oddity. You have to enter an active Federal building to get to it, with all the wonderful screening required. The guard at the north entrance wasn't even sure they had a museum or where it might be, but we did get passes and find it (eventually). Most of the museum is closed, possibly being relocated,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

As of September 2016, the museum is under renovation and has minimal exhibits on display. I remember that the old museum had ample displays in many rooms. The library is still under renovation. The building is only worth visiting to acquire a national park stamp (at the museum entrance) and to have lunch at the spacious cafeteria buffet on the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Today we walked to this building to visit the museum. The guard told us the museum was closed due to water damage. Ok, but there was no mention of the Craft Shop or the murals. ARE THEY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC??? Visiting this building will be a waste of time until the staff gets their act together and they can... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

A few years ago, I was in DC and barred from going to the DOI Museum, which was undergoing renovation. This time, I was set to go. That was my mistake. The museum really has nothing. My hotel room was larger. There's even an exhibit on the B-movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes." The murals in the hall outside are... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015

After looking for info on how to get to the Indian Craft Store inside the DoI, I noticed that there was a tour of the murals mostly painted in the late 30's/40's throughout the building. The tour was led by the museum intern who did a great job, considering it was only her fifth time doing the tour. I won't... More 

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 April 2015 via mobile

The efforts that artist Doug Leen and Brian N., have taken to recreate many of the original posters generating interest in our National Parks is FANTASTIC. They've created wonderful recreations of the posters. Nice work Doug and Brian - and a great showing by the Dept. Of Interior.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2015

Given on Tues and Thursday at 2 pm from the C st lobby, spend an hour touring the 2 block, 7 story edifice and learning about the history of the department and this building, by viewing the many WPA and other murals commissioned in the 30's by Sec'y Ickes. Also, check out the Posterity exhibit - silk screened posters of... More 

Thank Ellen F
Springfield, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2014

A few National Park posters and a discussion of silk-screening does not a museum make. Although the lunch in the cafeteria was OK, I wish there had been some indication that there was an Ansel Adams display somewhere; we didn't see it, only heard about it later.

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