September 28, 1987

The Quadrangle, the Smithsonian’s underground museum, research and education complex, opens. It consists of two major museums—the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (a museum of Asian art) and the National Museum of African Art—as well as the S. Dillon Ripley Center, and is home to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the International Center, and the National and Resident Associate Programs. Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry proclaims September 28, “Smithsonian Institution Day.”

Posted: 28 September 2010
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