- Get Involved
All Smithsonian museums will be open today, March 6. The National Zoo will open at noon today.Skip navigation
March 8, 2008 – January 18, 2010
Museum: American Art Museum
Location: 2nd Floor, South
On view in this small exhibition to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural ball is ephemera from the ball, including the invitation and menu, as well as engravings illustrating the night's events and other artifacts. The ball took place in the building on March 6, 1865, during the final stages of the Civil War and only six weeks before Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre.
Related publication: Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark by Charles Robertson