Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront

August 1, 2012 – July 7, 2013

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

Schermer Hall, West Wing

Learn how Americans personally experienced the Civil War through photographs of the era. Stereo-view photographs, viewing devices, and 3-D images created from the photos (glasses provided) are on view to explore this new and innovative technology of 150 years ago. A camera, glass-slide negatives, and a video reveal how the photographs were created.

The photographs are divided into the following three sections:

  • Smithsonian Castle; Washington, DC; and the National Mall
  • Beginnings of American photojournalism and battlefield photography
  • Homefront experience through photography

No photography permitted