Due to the snowstorm, all our Capital Region museums and the National Zoo will be closed today except for the American History Museum and the African American Museum, which are open. The American Indian Museum in New York is closed.
Learn about Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005) and how environmental disasters of his day inspired the creation of Earth Day in 1970. On December 7, 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts captured a now-iconic image of Earth, sometimes called the “blue marble.” Our National Air and Space Museum explains how it became an inspiration and symbol for continuing Earth Day celebrations.
What inspires you? Take a look at posters, buttons, stamps, and other environmental objects from our collections.