July 15, 1981

The Thomas M. Evans Gallery, designed to display special Smithsonian exhibits and important traveling loan exhibitions, opens in the National Museum of Natural History. The formal designation is made at a dinner held July 14, 1981, immediately prior to the opening of the gallery’s first exhibition, “5,000 Years of Korean Art.” The Gallery is named for a New York philanthropist whose contribution made the construction possible.

Posted: 15 July 2010
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