Department of the Interior Museum

Department of the Interior Museum information

Washington, DC , USA
1849 C St NW
+1 202 208 4743
Getting there
Metro: Farragut West
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Opening hours
8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri
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Responsible for managing the nation’s natural resources, the Department of the Interior operates this small, but excellent, museum to educate the public about its current goals and programs. It includes landscape art, Native American artifacts and some great historical photos of Native American life, as well as exhibits on wildlife and resource management. Bring photo ID to enter.

The building itself is striking and contains tremendous New Deal murals from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as 26 photographic murals by Ansel Adams, plus panels by Maynard Dixon and Allan Houser. You can see some of them on your own as you walk through the structure, but guided tours cover it all. The hour-long jaunts are at 2pm Tuesday and Thursday; call to make a reservation two weeks in advance (though staff can sometimes do it with less notice).