Anyone who pays attention to politics knows that this Presidential campaign season has been unusually crowded and contentious. Jon Grinspan of the American History Museum reminds us that is it was ever thus
Form and function merge in the fabulous finery and wearable art on display at the annual Smithsonian Craft2Wear show. Don’t miss this opportunity to Indulge your senses with the exquisite designs from some of America’s finest craft artists.
Unless you spent August marooned on a desert island talking to a volleyball (in which case, welcome back–nice tan), you’re probably aware that we’ve experienced a bit of excitement—one might even say, pandamonium—at the National Zoo recently.
Over the eons, dolphins and other marine mammals moved from the land to the sea. But at one point some dolphins turned back, heading inland and upriver to fresh water. A new fossil discovery of a previously unknown species sheds light on how and when river dolphins evolved.
From patterns etched into the skin of an ancient mummy to the colorful designs that adorn people today, tattoos are not just skin deep; they tell us about individuals and their cultures—and offer insights into what it is to be human. Marilyn Epstein sat down with anthropologist Lars Krutak of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to learn more about the history and the future of this intimate art.
Ten years later, objects collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina help personify the imapct of that horrific natural disaster, Erin Blasco reflects on the experience of the late David Shayt, who traveled with photographer Hugh Talman to the Gulf Coast, and explains why he chose to preserve what he did.
UPDATED WITH THE WINNER! The trash talk is heating up even in the shade being thrown by competitors as we move to Round Two of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Cast your vote for the most Seriously Amazing contender!
A rare photo proves to be the earliest ever taken of the Smithsonian Castle. It goes on display today, the 169th anniversary of our founding.
At the Smithsonian, you’re always prepared for “other duties as assigned.” But some duties you can never be fully prepared for.
The Smithsonian has been in the bones business for quite a while. Learn how the accomplishments of a gentleman paleontologist who excavated sites in a coat and tie still resonate within the walls of the Natural History Museum: The Enduring Contributions of James W. Gidley.