Jun
05

What kind of nation do we want to be?

What kind of nation do we want to be?

In this time of political dissension, shifting international alliances and increasingly incivil public discourse, the American History Museum is opening “The Nation We Build Together” on the second floor of the west wing. Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton sat down with the museum’s director, John Gray, to talk about how the new exhibitions challenge Americans to consider the values that have always united us and to look beyond the issues that divide us.
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Jun
16

How do you dismantle a dinosaur? (Very carefully.)

How do you dismantle a dinosaur? (Very carefully.)

It’s been just a year since the National Fossil Halls closed for renovation and the last fossils, models, dioramas and paintings have been removed. Find out what’s involved in dismantling these giant specimens as we prepare for an entirely new, bigger and better Fossil Hall coming in 2019. Continue reading How do you dismantle a dinosaur? (Very carefully.)

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Aug
23

Cooper-Hewitt renovation

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York is currently closed to the public (except for the garden and gift shop) as staff prepare for a major renovation to the Carnegie Mansion to begin this fall.  Sharon Park, associate director of the Smithsonian’s Architectural History and Historic Preservation Division (in the lift) and Mary Jablonski… Continue reading Cooper-Hewitt renovation