Address: 1849 C Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-208-4743
Hours: Museum hours:  Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (closed Federal holidays)

Farragut West (blue and orange lines) Farragut North (red line)




When Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes (1874-1952) unveiled the Interior Museum in the Department’s newly-constructed headquarters in the nation’s capital on March 8, 1938, it was considered a novel concept for a federal office building. Ickes, however, was a proponent of the arts and saw the importance of having the American people understand the scope and work of the Department.


For more than 75 years, the Interior Museum’s mission has been to inspire and educate Departmental employees-as well as the general public-about the ongoing stewardship of the nation’s public lands, natural resources and cultural heritage.


The Museum’s collection contains more than 6,000 objects of historical, cultural and scientific importance relating directly to the policies and activities of the Department. Highlights include more than 800 North American Indian baskets, two heroic landscape paintings of the American West by Thomas Moran, geological specimens, portraiture, and items presented as official gifts to Secretaries of the Interior.


In addition to developing exhibitions, publications and monthly public programs, Museum staff provide interpretive walking tours on the Department’s history, architecture and murals. The headquarters houses more New Deal-era artwork than any other government agency. Museum internships are periodically offered via the National Council for Preservation Education.