Arts and Industries Building

Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

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Closed for renovation.


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 Asian Pacific American Center’s “Crosslines Culture Lab” and "The Long Conversation." Plans are being developed for the next chapter of this amazing building.


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.

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. Limited 3-hour metered parking and commercial lots are available—see parking map. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

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