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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.

Stop 1: Introduction
Renovating a Landmark
, off F St. Lobby7
Patent Office Building and Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

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

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

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

Military Hospital

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army Military Institute

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

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

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

Image courtesy of the National Archives & Record Administration

Stop 6: Preparations for the Ball
Lincoln Gallery, 3rd floor
Preparations for the Ball

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

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

Photo by: Carlos Parada

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

Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

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

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