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The Arts and Industries Building has a special role among Smithsonian buildings—as the original home of the National Museum.
It opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield.
See the online exhibition
Dream: History of the Arts and Industries Building.
Highlights A working carousel is located on the Mall outside of the building.