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The Anacostia Community Museum’s indoor gallery will be closed Sept. 18 through Oct. 31 as we bring our next exhibition to life. Even though our gallery is closed, join us at any of the dynamic upcoming events planned over the next 6 weeks. More information about our events is available at: We look forward to seeing you soon!

Before the Bulldozers


The experience is unlocked through a mobile app for iPhone and Android. An audio guide will lead you step-by-step through the neighborhood, while the world around you becomes the visual for the story. You’ll be able to contrast the current-day urban environment with historic images overlaid on the same location through augmented reality. You’ll hear re-imagined voices of the past, becoming immersed in the 1950s when the neighborhood was undergoing its massive transition. Old photographs, empty courtyards, and modern high rises will become symbols as you grapple with how things came to be.

System Requirements

iPhone:  Works on any iPhone device, iPhone 6 and earlier will not have AR capabilities. 
iPad and iPod:  Works on all models
Android:  Works on all models

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