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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!

The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction

Exhibition catalogue,The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, November 16, 1969-January 25, 1970. (Smithsonian Institution Archives.)

November 16, 1969 – January 25, 1970
Anacostia Community Museum1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC

Rats! For centuries, rats have plagued urban communities. They carry disease. They bite. They destroy property. Rats pose a challenge globally and locally, including in Washington, DC. Explore the historical, scientific, and ecological significance of rats. Learn how to locate and eliminate them. Find out how NOT to create rat habitat!

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