The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM), 1901 Fort Pl. SE, reopened to the public on Oct. 13, after seven months of construction and $4.5 million of exterior and interior improvements and repairs. Featuring plants native to the area and developed with Smithsonian Gardens, the redesigned landscape hosts a permanent living, teaching installation with narrative panels on the Anacostia Watershed history including the first inhabitants, the Nachotchtank and on local river restoration. A demonstration vegetable garden supporting the ACM urban gardening initiative is also included. The museum’s expanded hardscape activity plaza features additional seating, a bike rack and exterior lighting. Low walls and plantings, artfully installed, properly direct stormwater runoff. The parking lot was also levelled and repaved.
Anchored by a mural created by Jay Coleman, the lobby has soft seating and a refreshment counter. It leads to the new internet lounge that features a second mural created by Adrienne Gaither. Here, mobile devices can be charged and formal and informal gatherings can be held. There is also access to the museum exhibition spaces. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE, is open daily, except Christmas, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. anacostia.si.edu.