Reinventing the Nation's First Museum

Today, nearly a dozen Smithsonian museums line the National Mall. But all of those spaces, in some way, grew out of the Arts & Industries Building, first called the National Museum building. Take a look behind the scenes of the building's renovations. Video Credit: Science Media Group, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (4:36)

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