National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
2nd Floor, West Wing, History-in-the-News case Floor Plan
This exhibition focuses on the final two decades of U.S. control of the Canal, from the signing of the Canal Treaty in 1977 to the turnover of the Canal to Panama on Dec. 31, 1999. Objects include Canal-related folk crafts collected in Panama in 1999 and the actual pintle ball from the Canal, which is the steel bearing that the Canal's 700-ton lock gates turn upon as they open and close.