Joseph Henry Statue

Title

Joseph Henry Statue

Description

One of America's premier scientists, and the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry (1797-1878), is memorialized in this statue just outside the Smithsonian CastleJohn Phillips Sousa wrote an original musical piece, Transit of Venus March, for the statue's dedication in 1883. In 1934 the statue was moved to its current location, but it faced toward the Smithsonian Castle. The statue was turned around in 1965 to look towards the Mall to symbolize that the museum was not a closed, elite site, but a place that welcomed people to share the nation's heritage.

Creator

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.

Date

4/19/1883 (Dedicated)

Coverage

Physical Description

8.5 feet tall statue on a 6 foot pedestal

Location

Smithsonian Castle

Description

One of America's premier scientists, and the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry (1797-1878), is memorialized in this statue just outside the Smithsonian CastleJohn Phillips Sousa wrote an original musical piece, Transit of Venus March, for the statue's dedication in 1883. In 1934 the statue was moved to its current location, but it faced toward the Smithsonian Castle. The statue was turned around in 1965 to look towards the Mall to symbolize that the museum was not a closed, elite site, but a place that welcomed people to share the nation's heritage.

Creator

W. W. Story

Date

4/19/1883 (Dedicated)

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.