Washington’s New Museums Promise to Be a Waste of Space and Money 

Suffragettes at the U.S. Capitol in 1919. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress)
Substance is losing out to sparkling, pricey new buildings and lots of ego trips.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D on’t we have enough museums? As part of the COVID relief and stopgap appropriations bill, Congress approved the establishment and construction of two new museums in Washington near the Mall. One focuses on Latino Americans while the other examines the history of women. The two buildings are expected to cost $400 million each. It’s thought that they’ll use the same financing model as the very good, new African American History and Culture Museum, which raised half of its $350 million tariff through philanthropy and the other half from a federal appropriation.

I admire H. R. Gross, a longtime — now dead

(Library of Congress)

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