Washington DC: National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History (NMAH), administered by the Smithsonian Institute, collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. The museum, which first opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology, is located on the National Mall in one of the last structures designed by McKim, Mead & White. It was renamed in 1980, and closed for a 2-year, $85 milliomn renovation by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP from 2006 to 2008.
Infinity, by José de Rivera, was dedicated on the mall entrance/south terrace of the National Musem of American History on March 28, 1967. A ribbon of polished stainless steel forms into a loop that continuously rotates slowly, making one revolution every fix minutes. The 13 1/2-foot by 8-foot by 16-foot sculpture sits atop a tall black granite base, rising to a heigh of 34-feet off the ground.
The Smithsonian Institution, an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazines, was established in 1846. Although concentrated in Washington DC, its collection of over 136 million items is spread through 19 museums, a zoo, and nine research centers from New York to Panama.