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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.
The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall is scheduled to reopen in summer 2014 to host programs and exhibitions related to innovation.
Highlights A working carousel is located on the Mall outside of the building.