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Boat Hall, National Museum, about 1890Boat Hall, National Museum, about 1890

Early National Museum collections combined technology and ethnology, documenting the inventions of various cultures and countries. The story of water transportation was presented through a comprehensive display that included Native American canoes, fishing boats from the West Indies and other parts of the world, and a series of models illustrating the evolution of nineteenth-century American fishing vessels.

See also: Ships, Transportation

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