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The Smithsonian Museums: Tracing the Arc of American Architecture

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, December 14, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV060
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian Institution has shaped the character of the National Mall since 1855. Washington’s most beloved museums trace the arc of American architecture, from James Renwick’s Gothic design of the Smithsonian Castle to the contemporary National Museum of African American History and Culture by Phil Freelon. Romanesque to Victorian, Neoclassical to Brutalist, each unique building is an architectural study all its own.

Carolyn Muraskin investigates the style, design, controversy, construction, and fascinating backstory behind these celebrated museums. Highlights include the Smithsonian Castle and Enid A. Haupt Garden; the Arts and Industries Building; National Museum of Natural History; Freer Gallery of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; National Air and Space Museum; National Museum of the American Indian; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Muraskin is founder of DC Design Tours, which offers historical tours focused on architecture, urban planning, and design.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

Recommended Program: If you are interested in this program, we recommend you consider registering for Washington’s Monumental Core: The Evolution of the National Mall, an online program on Thursday, November 30.

General Information

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.