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Architecture on the National Mall: North Mall and Capitol

Evening Virtual Tour

Evening Tour

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1NVB01
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National Museum of African American History and Culture (Photo: Alan Karchmer)


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • The program is free, but online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

View a familiar urban landscape with new eyes as you join Bill Keene on an illustrated virtual tour of the National Mall. He covers its history, design, and architecture from the earliest vision to the latest developments, as reflected in the Smithsonian’s structures as well as the National Gallery of Art and the Department of Agriculture. This program covers North Mall sites and Capitol only.

Over two sessions, the virtual tour compares diverse historical styles ranging from the Gothic-Revival Castle to the exuberant Victorian Arts and Industries Building to the Beaux-Arts classicism of the Natural History Museum. Discover various interpretations of Modernism in the American History Museum, Air and Space Museum, and the Hirshhorn, in addition to later 20th-century styles represented in the sinuous curves of the American Indian Museum and the rich architectural symbolism of the African American History and Culture Museum. Look toward the Mall’s future as you examine the new Eisenhower Memorial designed by Frank Gehry.

Keene is a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture.

If you are interested in registering for the first part of this virtual tour on May 27, click here.

Other Information

  • 1-hour session

Patron Information

  • Once registered, patrons will receive two emails: one is an automatic email confirmation and the second will include a link to the Zoom webinar as a follow-up (usually given within 24 hours of registration).
  • NOTE: If you do not receive your follow-up email from Zoom, please email Customer Service for assistance.


This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.