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Museum Authority Building
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Map MarkerMuseum Authority Building
Part ofThe Mall
QuestsThe Amazing Aqua Cura!
Cell NameDLC03GhoulHideout
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TerminalsMuseum Authority Building terminals
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Museum Authority Building is a medium sized building in Washington, D.C.'s Mall.



The Museum Authority looks like a fairly standard office building. The entrance is located on the eastern side of the building. Some radroaches and skeletons are usually found in front of it.

Museum Authority

The interior features multiple floors and is protected by three ghoul guards. One of the ghoul guards is carrying the audiotape Griffon's bottling instructions, which can be looted after he is killed. The top floor is divided into two large rooms, one with office cubicles and another with a large counter. There are also two bathrooms. A staircase at the northwestern corner of the building connects to the lower floors. The intermediate level is partially collapsed and contains a few office desks as well as filing cabinets. On the lowest level, Griffon's bottling operation can be found, consisting of a few bath tubs, sinks and a closet with a lot of wigs in it. Another copy of the audiotape "Griffon's bottling instructions" is laying on a table in between bathtubs.

Notable loot

  • There is a Nuka-Cola Quantum on a toilet in the women's restroom, just inside the building's entrance.
  • The cabinet in the basement is full of wigs and pre-War clothing.

Related quests


  • It is impossible to enter the building prior to completing Take it Back!, even with Broken Steel installed. The doors will be boarded over and inaccessible. This is because the aqua pura hasn't been made from the purifier.
  • The terminal also mentions the malfunctioning planetarium in the Museum of Technology and the radio transmitter in the Thomas Jefferson robot in the National Archives.


The Museum Authority Building appears only in the Fallout 3 add-on Broken Steel.

Behind the scenes

  • A memo on a terminal in this building mentions a Dr. Gillian Taylor being transferred to the San Francisco Aquarium - a reference to a character from Star Trek IV.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png The water itself in the bathtubs on the lowest level may be invisible, although shooting into the bathtubs may cause visible splashing and oscillating refraction effects.or section.
  • PCIcon pc.png Crouching in the faucet-end of the bathtubs will result in a slight amount of radiation exposure, despite the fact that actually drinking the water does not give rads. This may be either an oversight or a game engine limitation.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png The HUD display reads "Strength1" when examining the bathtub water where it should list the rads present in the water. This is likely because the water in the tubs is supposed to be aqua pura, and thus has no rads. In the PC version, the display shows "HP 20" and "Rads 0" as expected.