The National Museum of African American History and Culture (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) isn’t the only new Smithsonian facility opening this month. Continue reading Meanwhile, in Panama…
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Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was Sept. 11 – 17
For the first time in 25 years, a baby orangutan has been born at the National Zoo. The male Bornean orangutan was born at 8:52 p.m. Sept. 12 to 19-year-old mother Batang. The Great Ape House will remain closed indefinitely to provide Batang a quiet space to bond with her infant. Continue reading It’s a boy!
With over 138 million collection objects, 2.1 million library volumes, and 137,000 cubic feet of archives, the stories of how our collections have made their way to the Smithsonian are almost as varied as the collections themselves. From a tiny mosquito to a space shuttle, we’ve seen, and moved, it all. This is an ode… Continue reading Mind your step and take a brief tour through 17 decades of collecting
The Smithsonian is joining the National Park Service in celebrating the centennial of America’s national parks with a new photography exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, an exhibition exploring the intersection of the U.S. mail and our national parks at the National Postal Museum and a new documentary airing on the Smithsonian Channel Aug. 28. Continue reading Preserve. Enjoy. Inspire.
As the largest education, research and museum organization in the world, the Smithsonian’s reach extends from the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of space. Our scientists and scholars, curators and conservators, can be found in every corner of the globe. Discover the difference we’re making in communities around the world. Continue reading Where in the World Is the Smithsonian?
Remember middle-school sleepovers? The giggling, the ghost stories, the midnight raids on the fridge? Well, imagine rolling out your sleeping bag beneath a 50-foot whale, at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, or in the shadow of the space shuttle Discovery. That’s exactly what kids and their grown-up companions can do when they attend a Smithsonian Sleepover. Continue reading To sleep, perchance to dream…of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
When disaster strikes, whether natural or manmade, we rush first to aid the injured, succor the survivors and bury the dead. But once the flood waters recede, the aftershocks quiet and the horrors of war dim, we are faced with other casualties: the damage to and loss of the art, architecture and other aspects of our irreplaceable cultural heritage. Continue reading It takes a village to save the village
For a millennial. 40 years must seem like an eon, while for someone nearing retirement, it seems like the blink of an eye. Staff from the Air and Space Museum reflect on the past four decades: what’s changed, what hasn’t and what’s on the horizon. Continue reading The more things change…
Earlier this month, dozens of interns and fellows from across the Smithsonian followed clues and scoured 13 museums as they raced to compete in the Summer 2016 scavenger hunt. Continue reading Good practice for hunting down those research grants