Catch up with the latest programs and happenings at the Interior Museum.

What's New

The Interior Museum recently made our featured film, People, Land & Water available on its YouTube channel. This film and previous lectures can be viewed on the site.

People, Land & Water
People, Land & Water
Upcoming Events

The Future of the Past: The National Register of Historic Places at 50
Wednesday, January 17
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

The National Register of Historic Places, the Federal government's official list of historic places worthy of preservation, is 50 years old. Join  Patrick Andrus, Historian, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service  to learn more about the types of properties listed in the National Register, the evaluation process, and the effects of listing. This presentation will examine two historic trends which will greatly impact the future of historic preservation: the growth of the suburbs and modernism.

Laser Cleaning at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial: A Test Case and Evaluation

Wednesday, February 7
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

Over the last decade, the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial has become rapidly and visibly soiled by biofilm. A multi-disciplinary team of professionals has been studying the growth since 2014 to determine the best options for removing it. In 2017, the first test cleaning of the dome was successfully performed using laser technology, specifically designed for heritage preservation. Join National Park Service National Mall and Memorial Parks Architectural Conservator Justine Bello to learn more about this test case and the state of the memorial.

Special Assistance -  For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.

Building Access - All adults must present a valid photo ID to enter the building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.

Location - The Rachel Carson Room is located next to the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240.

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Tropical Country, Gifford Beal, 1941, oil on canvas
Courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration, Fine Arts Program
Murals Tours

Discover the art and architecture that made the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression.  Tours are offered at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call the Museum in advance of your visit at 202.208.4743 to make a reservation.

More information on the Murals Tour

Collections Spotlight
Arctic Snow Goggles, circa 1934
Gift of Amelia White
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, INTR 01453

With Alaska's intense sunlight reflecting off snow and ice, protective eyewear is necessary to prevent photokeratitis, better known as "snow blindness." The Inuit people have long made snow goggles-or ilgaak-from ivory, bone or antler. This piece from the early 1930s is carved from ivory and would have had a strap of caribou sinew strung through the eyelets to hold it tightly against the wearer's face. The slits reduce the glare and improve visual acuity. The wider the horizontal slits, the greater the field of vision.

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