The heart of the museum building, the Potomac is a central gathering place where visitors can enjoy live presentations and social events.
The word Potomac, which comes from the Piscataway word meaning “where the goods are brought in,” honors the Native peoples from the Washington, D.C., area.
The dramatic Potomac rotunda, soaring 120 feet to the top of the dome and spanning 120 feet in diameter, is the point of entry for most visitors to the museum.
This space contains a visitor and membership information center and Welcome Desk.
- Smithsonian web site