Discover the art and architecture that made the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The Interior Museum Murals Tour lasts an hour and visits 26 photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over fifty mural panels painted by artists including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart Curry.
The Murals Tour is offered at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The tour is limited to 20 visitors and a reservation is required. For groups over eight, custom tours can be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please call the Museum in advance of your visit at 202.208.4743 to make a reservation.
All adults must present a photo ID to enter the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.
Learn more about Ansel Adams: The Mural Project 1941-1942
When prominent African-American vocalist Marian Anderson was banned from performing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall because of her race, Eleanor Roosevelt, a friend of Anderson's, resigned from the DAR in protest and was determined to find an alternate venue for the concert. Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes invited Anderson to hold a free concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial. Anderson performed for seventy-five thousand people, including many political leaders.
Kiowa dancers and women preparing food around a fire frame the traditional harvest feast and traditional Kiowa homes in the center of the lunette. This expression of narrative includes both ceremonial and social scenes of Kiowa life. James Auchiah, also known as Tse Koy Ate (Big Bow), was born in Meers, Oklahoma in 1906, and attended St. Patrick's Mission School in Anadarko, Oklahoma before studying art at the University of Oklahoma.