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Civil War History: Audio Tour

This audio tour is designed as a walking tour of the museum building, so we have included locations and photographs to help guide you in the virtual experience.

Renovating a Landmark, off F St. Lobby

Renovating a Landmark exhibition, audio stop 1

Renovating a Landmark, off F St. Lobby

Left image: The Luce Foundation Center, audio stops 2-5
Right image: Lincoln Gallery, audio stops 6-8

A hundred and fifty years ago the Civil War engulfed Washington. This museum building, then the Patent Office Building, was at times a barracks, a hospital, and the location of President Lincoln's inaugural ball. Join Charles Robertson, Deputy Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for an exploration of these historic events.


Patent Office Building and Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Stop 1: Introduction
Renovating a Landmark, off F St. Lobby


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Soliders' Quarters

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Stop 2: Soliders' Quarters
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor

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Military Hospital

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army Military Institute

Stop 3: Military Hospital
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor

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Walt Whitman

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

Stop 4: Walt Whitman's Visits
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor

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Clara Barton

Image courtesy of the National Archives & Record Adminstration

Stop 5: Clara Barton's Work
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor

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Preparations for the Ball

Image courtesy of the Clara Barton National Historic Site, National Park Service

Stop 6: Preparations for the Ball

Lincoln Gallery, 3rd floor

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Civil War Era Graffiti

Image courtesy of the Clara Barton National Historic Site, National Park Service

Stop 7: Civil War Era Graffiti
Lincoln Gallery, 3rd floor

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Lincoln's Inaugural Ball

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Stop 8: Lincoln's Inaugural Ball
Lincoln Gallery, 3rd floor

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For information on the exhibition The Civil War and American Art please visit our exhibition page.

Luce Center for American Art