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Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto
William Henry Powell’s dramatic and brilliantly colored canvas was the last of...

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Prohibited Items at the U.S. Capitol Building
In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to preserve the...

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Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Capitol Crypt, circa 1900
The term “crypt” has long referred to a space beneath the main floor of a...

U.S. Botanic Garden

Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. It informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humankind and to earth’s fragile ecosystems. The Garden was established on the National Mall in 1820.

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