For more than 80 years, the U.S. Department of 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 8,000 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.
Visit the orientation gallery, People, Land & Water for an introduction to the scope and influence of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Features of this visitor experience include over 75 fascinating artifacts, an inspiring 14-minute film, plus educational multimedia presentations to acquaint and actively engage the public with the Department's history, relevance, and current missions. A timeline, plus broad interpretive themes of discovering, protecting, contemporary cultures, and powering our future provide a framework for understanding the interconnectivity among the Department's nine bureaus, as well as the projects in which our 70,000 employees are engaged nationally and internationally.
Join an hour-long building tour to discover the art and architecture that made the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The Murals Tour includes 26 photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over forty mural panels painted by artists including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart Curry.
Attend the monthly lunchtime lecture series and other public events that can be found on the Interior Museum's events calendar.
The Museum gallery is open to the public, Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (closed Federal holidays). Advance reservations are required for building tours given on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2PM. The Museum, tours, and public events are free of charge. Upon entry, guests are required to present a photo ID and pass through security.