Washington, D.C. Sights

Department of the Interior

  • 1849 C St. NW Map It
  • White House area
  • Government Building

Fodor's Review

The outside of the building is plain, but inside a wealth of art, contained in two separate collections, reflects the department's work. The Secretary's Collection, featuring heroic oil paintings of dam construction, gold panning, and cattle drives, is found throughout the building's hallways, offices, and meeting rooms. The Department of the Interior Museum outlines the work of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, and other department branches. On Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm, you can view more than 75 of the museum's dramatic murals created in the 1940s by photographer Ansel Adams and other artists such as Maynard Dixon and John Steuart Curry. Reservations are required for the Murals Tour; call at least two weeks in advance. The Indian Craft Shop across the hall from the museum sells Native American pottery, dolls, carvings, jewelry, baskets, and books.

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1849 C St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20240, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 8:30–4:30; craft shop also open 3rd Sat. 10–4


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