☷Interior Department Museum Reopens to the Public
U.S. Department of the Interior ( By Press Release office)
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Museum helps inspire and educate the public about nation’s natural and cultural resources 4/28/2022 Date: Thursday , April 28 , 2022 Contact: Interior_Press@ios . doi . govWASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior announced today that the Interior Museum is reopening to the public on May 2 . Public tours of the building ' s New Deal - era murals will also resume with advance reservations . The museum had been closed for two years due to the COVID - 19 pandemic . “Since 1938 , the Interior Museum has played a key role in sharing the Interior Department ' s missions and stories with the public , ” said Secretary Deb Haaland . “I am thrilled that people can once again visit the museum to explore the nearly 175 - year history of Interior’s stewardship of our nation’s public lands , natural resources and cultural heritage . Visitors returning to the museum will be greeted by an expanded visitor experience . During the closure , the museum added approximately 2 , 000 square feet of renovated gallery space and launched a major new exhibition . Thomas Moran & the ‘Big Picture’ is anchored by the recent homecoming of two masterpieces by Thomas Moran , including “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” ( 1872 ) and “The Chasm of the Colorado” ( 1873 - 1874 ) , both created from sketches he made while accompanying major government - sponsored geological survey expeditions . The May 2 reopening of the museum coincides with the 150th anniversary of the public debut of Moran’s influential Yellowstone panorama . In capturing the natural beauty of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon , Moran’s two monumental canvases framed many people’s impressions of the American West and are deeply intertwined with the history of the Department of the Interior . Beginning Monday , May 2 , regular museum hours will be Monday - Friday from 9 a . m . to 5 p . m . The museum is located in the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building at 1849 C Street , NW . Hours are subject to change , based on health and safety protocols . The museum and its tours and public events are free of charge . Visitors to the Stewart Lee Udall Building are required to pass through a security screening with bag and parcel checks and comply with local COVID - 19 restrictions . Individuals over 18 years of age must present a valid government - issued photo ID . Additional information about the Interior Museum , including how to reserve a tour , is available at the Museum’s website . ### Was this page helpful Yes No This page was not helpful because the content: Has too little information Has too much information Is confusing Is out - of - date Leave this field blank
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