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

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Miss our 80th anniversary lecture? Catch up on our YouTube Channel as Interior Museum Chief Curator Tracy Baetz reflects upon the Museum's innovative origins. Get a glimpse of how state-of-the art exhibition techniques of the 1930s achieved groundbreaking results that highlighted what was important to the Department in the midst of the Great Depression.

"History Made Vivid": The Interior Museum at 80

Upcoming Events

Geologic Records of Hurricane Landfalls along the U.S. East Coast

Wednesday, April 4
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

The risks posed by infrequent, but devastating, hurricane landfalls remains largely unconstrained due to the short length of robust historic records. Join  U.S. Geological Survey Research Geologist Michael Toomey to learn how pre-historic hurricane events are preserved in coastal sedimentary deposits and what geologic records can tell us about storm activity along the U.S. East coast over the past several thousand years.

Ranger of the Lost Art: The Return of WPA Posters to the Public

Tuesday, April 10
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Sidney R. Yates Auditorium

Come and join former seasonal National Park ranger  Doug Leen  as he recounts his 50 year quest through dusty attics, junk shops, stuffed garages, and courtrooms to rediscover and collect original National Park posters from a series created by the WPA from 1938 to 1941. Since starting this journey, 12 of the 14 original designs have been discovered. Eleven of these designs will be on view in the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium from 12:30pm to 2:45pm in conjunction with the talk.

Far from Home: Bringing Archaeological Collections & Tribal Ancestors Home to
Wednesday, May 2
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

Over the last century researchers from across the U.S. and Europe explored Native villages and archaeological sites across Alaska collecting artifacts from public lands. Recently, the Bureau of Land Management led an interagency effort to retrieve Native Alaskan ancestral remains and artifacts collected 70 to 110 years ago. These collections were returned to Alaska and placed in a state museum and the ancestral remains are being prepared for repatriation. Join  Emily S. Palus, Deputy Division Chief, Cultural, Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation, Bureau of Land Management  to learn more about the complexities of this case study.

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. The Sidney R Yates Auditorium is located inside the C Street Lobby. 

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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
Lidded box
Elisa Wasaquan (Michigan Ottawa), circa 1930s
Birch bark, sweetgrass, porcupine quills
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, INTR 00449

This lidded box from the 1930s is made from birch bark, with the blossom design and decorative elements done in porcupine quills. An original tag accompanying the piece identifies the maker as Elisa Wasaquan of the Odawa (Ottawa) tribe in Michigan. 

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