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

What's New
In the four months since we opened our DOI Pop! exhibition, we've had visitors from 30 different states and 4 foreign countries (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Philippines, Uganda). Be sure to sign the guest book next time you visit! Want to learn more about the show? The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently highlighted the exhibition in a great piece. Read it here >> 

Upcoming Events

Photograph of Assateague
Lighthouse, Virginia. Courtesy of
the USFWS.
USFWS Cultural Resources: Conservation Through Preservation
Thursday, November 12
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

Long considered a leader in natural resource conservation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is also home to historic lighthouses, sunken treasure, worm plots that brought down a real 'pest', and one of the most pristine Civil Wars sites in the Nation. Every national wildlife refuge tells a story and biology is just the beginning. Join Eugene Marino, Chief Archaeologist and National Curator at the US Fish and Wildlife Service to learn more.

Wildlife Trafficking and FWS Law Enforcement
Photograph of confiscated ivory courtesy of the USFWS.
Wednesday, December 2
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. Join FWS Senior Special Agent Bryan Landry to learn how the Office of Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protection laws.

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 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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"Themes of the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Indian and Soldier," Maynard Dixon, 1939. Fine Arts Program U.S. General Services Administration
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

Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa) polychrome vessel, Arizona, circa 1925
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, INTR 01368

Hopi pottery is known for its detailed painting. This exquisite low-shouldered vessel is by Nampeyo of Hano (circa 1859-1942), the first individual American Indian potter nationally recognized by name. Nampeyo frequently decorated her pottery with this abstract bird wing design known as the migration pattern, symbolizing the Hopi people's own journey. 

This piece is signed, "NAMPEYO" on the bottom-most likely by Nampeyo's daughter Fannie, since Nampeyo herself could not read or write and by 1925 was losing her eyesight. Fannie would become a distinguished Hopi potter in her own right.

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