Member Spotlight: Crown Castle’s Collective Work and Impact Celebrated in Smithsonian Display

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The work Crown Castle does every day that enables people to connect with their communities and one another is now on display in one of most prestigious museums in the world: the Smithsonian Institute.
The exhibit, called Cellphone: Unseen Connections and located within the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, tells the story of how the cellphone connects people to the natural world and a worldwide network of people and infrastructure most Americans do not see. Never before have people been able to explore and learn about our industry and the elements that make cellphones work—including towers, small cells and fiber networks—in such an accessible and high-profile environment. 
Crown Castle’s External Affairs, Network Implementation and Operations, Tower Construction Services and Small Cell Network Engineering teams were instrumental in designing the exhibit, crafting the narrative and building the physical equipment to represent our work for the world to see. The exhibit runs through 2026 and is expected to draw over 20 million visitors. Several other industry players, including some of our customers, like T-Mobile, also helped make the exhibit happen.
Teammates from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia were among the first members of the public to tour the exhibit during an opening day celebration on June 23. Watch the video below to learn how we got involved and constructed the display and see a photo gallery from the opening day festivities and build.
Partnering with the Smithsonian to showcase what we do and how we do it is truly an honor. We hope everyone gets a chance to visit, with pride.
If you go
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is located at 1000 Madison Drive NW, Washington, D.C. 20560. It is open every day except Dec. 25 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Admission is free.
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