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Miscellaneous shoes

The Mystery of the Concealed Shoes

Friday, January 25, 2019

BY LAURA HICKEN, ASSISTANT REGISTRAR The Museum collects artifacts related to the history of our building and its various uses since it was first built in the 1880s. Sometimes these artifacts come from former tenants and other D.C. historians, but more often than not they come...

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Collections Highlight: Wrapping Paper

Friday, December 28, 2018

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar Tis’ the season to highlight a couple of festive and unexpected artifacts in the National Building Museum’s permanent collection- wrapping paper! While both of our wrapping paper artifacts are in the Washington National Cathedral Construction Archives Collection, they could not be...

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Washington Channel Bridge

Collections Highlight: Washington Channel Bridge

Monday, December 10, 2018

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar The historic home of the Museum was built between 1882 and 1887 in part to house the headquarters of the United States Pension Bureau in the years after the Civil War. The passage of time and onset of World War...

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Collections Highlight: Flickering Treasures Pan Lamp

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Collections Department has been busy preparing for the Museum’s newest exhibition, Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters. The exhibition features a survey of Baltimore’s movie theaters from 1896 to the present. The Museum has roughly 250,000 artifacts in its permanent collection. Still, with...

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Collections Highlight: Alan Rose Collection

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

By Laura Hicken, assistant registrar As November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month, we were reminded of one of our favorite artifacts in  the Alan Rose Collection. In 2014, paper model creator Alan Rose donated his personal archives of paper models, art boards, and assembled model...

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