What about adding a National Museum of Food & Agriculture as part of the USA's Smithsonian network?
We kept hearing that the newest Smithsonian component...the National Museum of the American Indian which opened last week to great fanfare was filling the last space on Washington's National Mall, home to a half dozen or more museums in the Smithsonian family.
Yes, that was the last open space, but what about taking the only non-museum building on the mall which happens to be just one of several Department of Agriculture offices (see maps above) and convert that to a museum dedicated to American food and farming? We have always thought that the Dept of Agriculture building is out of place along side the Freer Art Gallery, across from the National Museum of American History and nearby to the National Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian museums devoted to African and Asian art.
There are some exhibits about farming in the American History museum, and here and there at the Natural History museum a visitor can see something about the foods of the Americas. But how Americans have farmed and fed themselves and much of the rest of the world is mostly neglected by the nation's official museum system.
So, you may be seeing this proposal here for the first time. The Department of Agriculture has lots of other office buildings nearby and many more in other parts of the DC metro area, so displacing some employees shouldn't be a huge problem.
What do you think about this? Should we try and mount a campaign to get this idea discussed?