National Geographic : 1915 Mar
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM Its bird collection contains over 180,00ooo specimens and nearly 70,000 eggs; only two fam ilies ofliving birds areunrepresented. Its insect collection contains many hun dred thousands of different kinds of insects, ranging from almost micro scopic bugs up to h .,the huge Hercules beetle. Itsmam mal collection con tains about 150,0oo specimens, ranging from the smallest shrew, which is barely one- fourth thesize of ahouse mouse, tothe giant dinosaur which makes theelephant look small incom parison. The National Musetim Building conforms tothe architectural type planned toborder the Mall from the Capitol tothe gar dens ofthe Wash ington Monument, forthehousing of allofthe bureaus ofthegovernment. The architects of this structure were Hornblower & Marshall.