The Arts and Industries Building was originally constructed to exhibit pieces acquired
from the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Some of these works are still on display. They
include carriages, steam engines, a printing press and a locomotive.
Today, the Arts and Industries Building is a Museum in transition. It houses pieces
from the National Museum of Natural History in its exhibit entitled " Museums at the
Smithsonian: 150 Years of Collecting". It also has changing exhibits from the
Anacostia Museum and the Center for African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian
hopes this site will become the National African American Museum sometime in early 2002.
Sept. July the Arts and Industries Building features plays and activities for
children in the Discovery Theater.
One of the currently featured exhibits at the Arts and Industries Building is
"Speak to My Heart: African American Communities of Faith and Contemporary
Society". It is an interesting examination of the role churches have played in the