New Museum Build Under The Lincoln Museum Scheduled To Open In 2026
A museum dedicated to the monument is being built underneath the Lincoln Memorial. The million-dollar project is expected to be done by 2026.
smithsonianmag.com ~ "While building the Lincoln Memorial between 1914 and 1922, crews dug out a cavernous space underneath the monument. They filled this hidden, 43,800-square-foot area, called an undercroft, with rows of tall, concrete columns to help support the memorial’s weight and create the illusion that it was situated on top of a hill.
Soon, the undercroft will serve a new purpose: After extensive renovations, it will become an immersive museum dedicated to the popular monument on the surface above, the National Park Service announced.
Exhibits will explore how the Lincoln Memorial was built, as well as its significance as a site for civil rights demonstrations: Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I Have A Dream' speech from its steps in 1963; it’s also the site of Black singer Marian Anderson’s historic 1939 performance for a desegregated audience.
In addition, visitors will be able to watch an immersive theater presentation that includes images from historic events. The site will also include a larger bookstore, new restrooms and an updated elevator to the chamber level." ~ smithsonianmag.com.