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Short Introduction

The National Gallery of Art houses a collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings and prints focusing upon Western Art and its development.

Muybridge highlights include a number of Animal Locomotion prints and several Central America photographs. Edgington, 1878, is an unusual glass collodion negative.

Past Exhibitions

“The First Century of Photography: New Acquisitions,” September 10-December 31, 1995 Included: Walking and Carrying a 15-lb. Basket on Head, Hands Raised, plate 34, from Animal Locomotion, c. 1887 (1995.36.105)

“In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age,” October 25, 2009–March 14, 2010
Included: Walking and Carrying a 15-lb. Basket on Head, Hands Raised, plate 34, from Animal Locomotion, c. 1887 (1995.36.105) and Edgington, 1878 (2006.133.105)

Affiliated publication: In the Darkroom: An Illustrated Guide to Photographic Processes before the Digital Age, by Sarah Kennel, Diane Waggoner, and Alice Carver-Kubik
Reproduced: Cockatoo Flying (detail), plate 758, from Animal Locomotion, c. 1887 (2006.133.103), p. 30

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Library Catalogue

The Collection

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 21

Images on Glass: 1


Books by Muybridge: 5

Books concerning Muybridge: 17

Exhibition Material

Catalogues: 1

Leaflets: 9

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DC 20565

Phone: +1 202 737 4215



Lead Contact:
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Open Hours:
Open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1.

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
Researchers may call or email the Department of Photographs for appointments to look at the Muybridge collection. Call 202-842-6144 or e-mail The department requests two weeks advance notice to schedule an appointment. Hours of access are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Scholars and researchers may use the National Gallery’s library upon request. Hours are: Monday, noon to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(except federal holidays). Please call the reference librarian at (202) 842-6511 to request an appointment.