Arts and Industries Building

Description And Comments

The Arts and Industries Building borders the Enid A. Haupt Garden. The building was built in 1881 as the United States National Museum, designed to house and display the art collected by the Smithsonian Institution. Currently open only for special events (and far from finished inside), it is still worth marveling at the grandeur of this museum building that is predated only by the neighboring Castle. On the east side of the building – near the circular façade of the Hirshhorn Museum – is the small Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. While not on the same scale as the nearby Enid A. Haupt Garden, it is still charming and often much less crowded.


900 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, D.C.
The Mall


Building: Only open during special events
Ripley Garden: 24h

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