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Portrait of Harry Winston
1949-1958
Harry Winston purchased the Hope Diamond from Evalyn Walsh McLean’s estate in 1949, exhibited the Hope Diamond worldwide in his Court of Jewels exhibit, and then donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958.
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The U.S. National Museum (later the National Musem of Natural History) as it appeared in 1917
1958
The Hope Diamond was donated to the National Gem Collection by Harry Winston, Inc. where it was put on display in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History
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The Louvre Museum in Paris
1962
The Hope Diamond was exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France
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1958
The Hope Diamond comes to the Smithsonian

In 1958, Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution. On November 10th, the Hope arrived at the Smithsonian in a plain brown package shipped by registered mail (and insured for a sum of one million dollars). Mrs. Harry Winston presented the Hope Diamond to Dr. Leonard Carmichael, Secretary of the Smithsonian, and Dr. George S. Switzer, Curator of Mineralogy. The Hope Diamond was exhibited in the Gem Hall at the National Museum of Natural History and almost immediately became its premier attraction.

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The Hope Diamond on display in its first exhibit case at the National Museum of Natural History, 1958.
The Hope Diamond was sent by registered mail in a plain brown package, insured for one million dollars. The original box is currently in the collection at the US Postal Museum.
Presentation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian on November 10, 1958,  featuring Edna Winston, wife of the donor Harry Winston; Dr. Leonard Carmichael, Secretary of the Smithsonian; and Dr. George Switzer, Curator of Mineralogy.
The U.S. National Museum (later the National Musem of Natural History) as it appeared in 1917
Timeline adapted from Post and Farges 2014 and sources therein. Updated 23 October 2017.

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