Current Exhibitions

View of the "Thomas Moran & the 'Big Picture'" exhibition with panels, text, graphics, exhibition cases, and "The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" painting

Explore what's currently on view at the Interior Museum…

Thomas Moran & the "Big Picture"
September 25, 2020 — ongoing
Size: 900 s.f.


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Artist Thomas Moran’s panoramic masterpieces, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1872) and The Chasm of the Colorado (1873–1874), returned to the Interior Museum in 2020 for the first time in more than two decades. In capturing the natural beauty of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, these monumental canvases shaped many people’s impressions of the American West and forever framed the discourse on public lands. Visit the Interior Museum’s recently-expanded gallery space to appreciate these iconic landscapes and learn more about how they are uniquely tied to the history of the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

Accessibility: 

  • Devices for listening to full audio descriptions of the exhibition are available to borrow for in-gallery use by contacting the museum. For visitors with personal devices, the audio description app is freely downloadable (iOS). The complete audio description tour only functions when on-site at the museum.
  • There are one-quarter scale replicas of the two Moran paintings rendered in three dimensions for tactile exploration. These are accompanied by guided audio descriptions. 
  • Visitors with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) may borrow EnChroma-enhanced eyewear to aid in seeing an expanded range of colors more clearly and vibrantly during their gallery experience.

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William Henry Jackson: A Visual Exploration of the American West
September 25, 2020 — ongoing
Size: 62 s.f.


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In August 1935, planners creating the Interior Museum turned to the 92-year-old venerated photographer and artist William Henry Jackson (1843–1942) to execute a set of four paintings to memorialize each of the "Great Surveys" of the American West (1867–1879). View Jackson's four large oil paintings depicting the Hayden, Powell, Wheeler and King Surveys and explore their fascinating backstories and connections to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Accessibility: 

  • Devices for listening to full audio descriptions of the exhibition are available to borrow for in-gallery use by contacting the museum. For visitors with personal devices, the audio description app is freely downloadable (iOS). The complete audio description tour only functions when on-site at the museum.
  • Visitors with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) may borrow EnChroma-enhanced eyewear to aid in seeing an expanded range of colors more clearly and vibrantly during their gallery experience.

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Recent Additions & Fresh Perspectives
January 2024 — ongoing
Size: 62 s.f.


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Within the Interior Museum's collection are more than 1,500 works of art. As the collection grows, careful attention is paid to ensure that new works reflect the diversity, breadth, and scope that are hallmarks of today's Department of the Interior—even seeking to highlight lesser-known facets of the agency's portfolio. Showcased here is a rotating selection of six recent additions by different artists in an array of media. Appreciate the artistry and discover how each work intersects with an aspect of the Department of the Interior. 

Accessibility: 

  • Visitors with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) may borrow EnChroma-enhanced eyewear to aid in seeing an expanded range of colors more clearly and vibrantly during their gallery experience.

People, Land & Water
June 2017 — ongoing
Size: 700 s.f.


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This award-winning, state-of-art exhibition introduces audiences to the scope and influence of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Features of this visitor experience include more than 75 fascinating artifacts, an inspiring 14-minute film, and educational multimedia presentations to acquaint and actively engage the public with the Department's history, relevance, and current missions. A timeline, plus broad interpretive themes of discovering, protecting, contemporary cultures, and powering our future provide a framework for understanding the interconnectivity among the Department's bureaus, as well as the projects in which our 70,000 employees are engaged nationally and internationally. See just how much there is to learn about the "Department of Everything Else."

Accessibility: 

  • Devices for listening to full audio descriptions of the exhibition are available to borrow for in-gallery use by contacting the museum. For visitors with personal devices, the audio description app is freely downloadable (iOS). The complete audio description tour only functions when on-site at the museum.
  • The 14-minute, narrated film is open captioned and audio-described. Additionally, visitors may borrow assistive listening devices for in-gallery use. The film may also be viewed here with subtitles in Spanish. 
  • Tactile elements are included throughout.
  • Visitors with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) may borrow EnChroma-enhanced eyewear to aid in seeing an expanded range of colors more clearly and vibrantly during their gallery experience.

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