An Institution



The National Ornamental Metal Museum will participate in honoring the Smithsonian Institution, an historically precious national treasure boasting 19 museums and galleries along with the National Zoological Park, by welcoming visitors this Saturday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. free of charge.

The U.S. government receieved the bequest of scientist James Smithson's estate in the interest of creating an "establishment for the diffusion of knowledge among men." John Quincy Adams then persuaded congress to preserve the fund for an institution of science and learning. The museum also became a depository for various Washington and government collections, and remains open and free to the public every day.

One of the Institution's two publications, Smithsonian Magazine, is sponsoring the nationwide event with a ticket for Museum Day eligible for two people, available through their website.

The Metal Museum currently features exhibitions by Fred Fenster, Thomasin Durgin, and ongoing selections from the permanent collection.

By Fred Fenster
  • By Fred Fenster

Fenster, a Master Metalsmith, will also give a demonstration during Repair Days weekend, to supplement his collection of holloware and serving pieces made of pewter and sterling silver on display. Metalsmiths from all over will be present at the museum from September 30th to October 2nd to solder and repair garden items and statuaries in celebration of the annual Repair Days event. The craftsmen come at their own expense, and all proceeds benefit the museum. Estimates for personal repairs are free, and visitors holding repair receipts will receive free museum admission.


Chrysalis Swing, Memphis Botanic Gardens
  • Chrysalis Swing, Memphis Botanic Gardens

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