You can recognize an Ansel Adams black and white photograph anywhere. However, have you ever seen his large scale photographic murals?
There are 26 of these jaw dropping beauties hidden inside the Department of Interior (DOI). Yes, there is an Interior Museum inside the agency affectionately called “Department of Everything Else”. It is easy to miss this Hidden Art Gem among the other federal buildings on the C street in Washington D.C.
I accidentally discovered the world’s largest indoor mural collection inside this building. On a Thursday afternoon, I was looking for Native American jewelry for a special gift. I had heard about DOI’s excellent Indian Craft Shop.
There, I saw a postcard for the Murals Tour. As luck would have it, I was there at the exact day and time tour started.
On this tour you will see grand murals about the Land rushes, Marian Anderson’s banned concert, Construction of a dam, and much more. If you don’t think highly of murals now, I promise this collection of over 40 murals will change that!
Don’t miss Interior Museum’s Exhibitions whose past highlights include art of the incomparable, whimsical Charley Harper.
Fun Fact: Nicolas Cage ran up the the DOI’s stairs in one of the National Treasure movie. You can too, on the Murals Tour!
Department of Interior
1849 C St NW, Washington, DC 20240
Hours: Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed Federal holidays
Cost: Free. Photo ID required.
Mural Tour – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 202-208-4743 to make a reservation.
I would love to hear what you think of this visual feast of American history and geography! Is there any other indoor mural collection in the world that rivals this Hidden Art Gem?