|Undated rendering of Mall façade of Museum of History and Technology by architect Walker O. Cain (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)|
Fifty years ago, Smithsonian museums didn’t have quite the “wow!” factor they do today.
Artifacts were displayed “willy-nilly,” says Arthur Molella, director of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. “A curator would type on a card and put it by the object,” and that was that.
The National Museum of American History, a museum as forward-looking as America itself, set the stage for widespread change.
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