Department of the Interior Museum

Department of the Interior Museum

Department of the Interior Museum
3.5
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Diane K
Venice, FL4,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
You need to book the mural tour ahead of time - but it was worth it. You see various murals around the building and Ansel Adam's photos as part of the hour tour. You also learn more about the Department of the Interior.
Written August 30, 2018
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LMK-CO
Loveland, United States116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
What a wonderful staff, even the guards are helpful and friendly. The Museum is only two rooms, small but well done. You must visit both gift shops. The Native American Crafts shop is just stunning and the little DOI store in the lower level has unique gifts about the work of the Dept. of the Interior. The cafe is a cool nice stop. You must go to the second floor and see the amazing murals and photographs. We loved this quick stop!
Written July 10, 2018
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AS_girlwonder
Silver Spring, MD35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
After looking for info on how to get to the Indian Craft Store inside the DoI, I noticed that there was a tour of the murals mostly painted in the late 30's/40's throughout the building. The tour was led by the museum intern who did a great job, considering it was only her fifth time doing the tour. I won't say the murals are stunning, but they give a great representation of the work of Interior - especially of its mission when the building was completed in or about 1939.

At this time, the museum is mostly closed but has a small special exhibit I personally did not find at all interesting as it didn't seem to have any connection to the DoI. A large portion of the building is undergoing renovation, but I certainly hope that the museum is able to return to its full space so that we can see some of the many (I believe the website says 6,000) items in its possession.

If you are in the building, you should definitely go to the Indian Craft Shop on the first floor - absolutely beautiful jewelry and artworks by American Indians, books! The staff there provide wonderful service!
Written July 31, 2015
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Ron R
Salem, MA82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Thus museum is a little off the beaten path. It’s tiny but makes you realize the the breadth and beauty and of America’s natural resources.
Written March 1, 2019
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linda s
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Do want to escape the crowds for a few hours in D.C.? Take the free Interior Musuem tour offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays in a magnificent 2,200 room Federal Building. Learn about this agency which includes the National Park Service and many other Bureaus. The tour is focused on 26 lifesize murals depicting the the settlement of our country, Ansel Adams originals and a rooftop view of the City.
Written June 19, 2018
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Kellye J
Dallas, TX199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Good to see if you are in the area. Someone else pointed out the fabulous Ansel Adams photos on display of National Park areas and they are amazing to see. The actual museum area is not large but interesting. Be sure to watch the short video they have when there as well. This is a good stop for a place to slow down and cool off and make a bathroom break and then head to next destination nearby.
Written May 28, 2018
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Kathy S
Rochester, NH195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
It was interesting to see all the work that is done to keep our national parks beautiful for generations to come. Everyone was friendly, courteous and helpful.
Written January 3, 2018
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
The museum is located in the building of the Department of the Interior at the corner of 18 street and C street NW. Visitors must sign to get visitor pass. and then go through the security machine. Once you sign in, you are free to roam around the building especially the first floor and the lower level floor. The museum displays the information, the mission and the works of the Department of the Interior in a three tiny rooms. If you visit, the 10 minutes video is worth watching. Lots of history and information are in there. In addition, to the museum area, the main hall way of the building displays many type of art works. The Indian gift shop is in the main hall way and close to the museum. The gift shop is at the lower level near the main cafeteria. If you visit the National Mall and other landmarks and have interest in the work of the Department of interior, it is worth time to stop by to visit. You can also enjoy the cafeteria food along with the Department workers.
Written June 13, 2017
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karenpammy2016
San Francisco, CA1,165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
When we visited Washington DC during the 1st week of August, the Dept. of the Interior Museum was closed due to some emergency repairs fir an unknown specified period of time; therefore, we did not have a chance to visit it. It is well known for its displays of items that depict the US history as Native American culture.
Anyhow, there are very limited hours to this museum so it is a good idea to call them before heading out there.
Make sure that you do carry some form of Government ID as they do not allow anyone to enter the building without it. You also need to go through bag inspection and x-ray before entering.
If you collect the National Park Service passport cancellation stamps, stop by the Dept. of the Interior Museum entrance and obtain several nice cancellation stamps-- the National Park Service Headqtrs. and Dept. of the Interior as well as the NPS Centennial celebration stamps for both places.

When you are done, proceed across the hall over to the 2 room Indian Craft Shop where there is a nice collection of Native American handmade craft and art objects that are on display for sale. Lots of great items include baskets, vases, bowls, beaded necklaces, figurines and much more!

Great to cool off on a hot day!
Written November 11, 2016
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Brian M
Washington DC, DC48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
As of September 2016, the museum is under renovation and has minimal exhibits on display. I remember that the old museum had ample displays in many rooms. The library is still under renovation. The building is only worth visiting to acquire a national park stamp (at the museum entrance) and to have lunch at the spacious cafeteria buffet on the first floor.

Brian
Written September 14, 2016
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