Report of The Blue Ribbon Commission on the National Museum of American HistorySmithsonian Institution - National Museum of American History


Appendix H: NMAH's Revised Future Floor Plan (as of March 2002)

The following represents the latest variation of a potential floor plan for the museum. Of the public space available, less than 50% has been contractually committed to long term exhibitions.

The floor plan indicates possible layouts of future exhibitions on floors one through three. For each floor there is an overlay (accessed via mouse rollover) that illustrates potential broad themes or topics that exhibitions illustrate. The potential for exhibitions in the basement and on the fourth floor will also be explored.

The museum intends to commence a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue among staff, board, architects, designers, donors, funders and members of the public to develop the optimum plan for the next decade. A mix of long term and changing exhibition spaces will allow for NMAH's vast and varied collections to be displayed.


Roll your mouse over the images to toggle thematic overlays.




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