Arts and Industries Building

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900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

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Closed for renovation. Open for special events.


The Arts and Industries Building has a special role among Smithsonian buildings as the first United States National Museum opened in 1881. After being closed for nearly 12 years, the Arts and Industries Building reopened for special events fall of 2015 and has hosted several activities, including the 2016 Folklife Festival Marketplace and the Asian Pacific American Center’s “Crosslines Culture Lab.” Plans are being developed for the next chapter of this amazing building.

The Arts and Industries Building will be open to the public Thursday, June 21, 2018, through Sunday, June 24, 2018, for By The People, an arts and dialogue festival featuring performances, original art installations, important conversations, and an augmented reality art hunt—all supporting the founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


Working carousel located on the Mall outside of the building and the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden with more than 200 varieties of plants in hanging baskets and borders.

Parking is limited to street parking and commercial lots and garages. See map.

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