James Smithson was an indefatigable scholar and scientist, world traveler, chronic gambler and possibly an international spy. But it was his “unshakeable optimism for modernity” that led him to wager his entire fortune on the founding of a great institution in the brand-new United States of America. Continue reading Happy Birthday to James Smithson, International Man of Mystery
The venerable Renwick Gallery has reopened in its third iteration in three centuries. In celebration of its enduring impact on American art and craft, nine artists have created nine awe-inspiring works that draw on the unchanging power of the natural world for their inspiration. Continue reading The Renwick Gallery reopens with a renewed sense of “WONDER”
Staff from Smithsonian Gardens “spruce up” the Milestones of Flight Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum with evergreen wreaths and a Christmas tree. Continue reading Happy Holidays!
For three nights only, the National Mall will be alight with a beacon reminding us of the journey to freedom. Continue reading “Commemorate and Celebrate Freedom”
Does Katniss survive her final ordeal? Does she wind up with Peeta or Gale? Find out in Mockingjay Part 2, opening Nov. 19 at the Airbus IMAX theatre. Continue reading Hungry for more?
Underwater is not a natural environment for humans–fraught with danger, including sharks. Two STRI colleagues have been recognized for their dedication to shark research and diving safety. Continue reading Diving deep brings rewards for STRI researchers
Frederick C. Durant, former assistant director of the Air and Space Museum, on Ocotber 21 and Richard E. Ahlborn, Curator Emeritus at the American History Museum, on October 29. Continue reading In Memoriam: Frederick Durant and Richard Ahlborn
Konrad Ng, director of the Asian Pacific American Center is leaving for the Shangri La Center in Hawaii. Who can blame him? Continue reading Konrad Ng leaves Smithsonian for Shangri La
Kirk Johnson, director of the National Museum of Natural history, is the host of the new NOVA science series “Making North America” on PBS. Continue reading Kirk Johnson, Rock Star
A brand-new, tap-happy Broadway show celebrates the glamorous golden age of the movie musical. Don’t take our word for it–Sea the show for yourself with a special Smithsonian discount. Continue reading Discount on Dames for Smithsonian staff