At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenSat, 24 Sep 2016 15:25:40 +0000Live: Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Dedication Ceremonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/live-watch-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-grand-opening-dedication-ceremony-180960581/Watch the live stream of today's museum opening Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:25:40 +0000What You Need to Know About the September 24 NMAAHC Grand Openinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dozen-or-more-things-know-about-nmaahc-grand-opening-180960580/Entry Passes are all gone for today, but there is plenty to see and do on the National MallSat, 24 Sep 2016 14:07:34 +0000Two Hungry Reporters Dig Into the Sweet Home Café at the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-hungry-reporters-dig-sweet-home-cafe-180960574/We're still digesting the rich narrative—but mostly, the Georgia shrimp and Anson Mills stone ground gritsFri, 23 Sep 2016 21:03:49 +0000The Music Is Turned Up High and the Celebrations Have Begunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/music-turned-high-and-celebrations-have-begun-180960576/Where to go and who to hear as the celebrations begin at the concert on the National Mall "Freedom Sounds"Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:09:45 +0000The New Exhibition on Black Music Could Give Other Museums a Run for Their Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-black-music-to-your-eyes-180960565/The collections in the show "Musical Crossroads" at the African American History Museum are near encyclopedic in their scopeThu, 22 Sep 2016 19:56:18 +0000Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-morse-code-questions-readers-180960460/You asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000What Langston Hughes’ Powerful Poem “I, Too" Tells Us About America's Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-langston-hughes-powerful-poem-i-too-americas-past-present-180960552/Smithsonian historian David Ward reflects on the work of Langston HughesThu, 22 Sep 2016 13:35:57 +0000Historic Bell Helps Ring in New African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historic-bell-helps-ring-new-african-american-history-museum-180960545/Why President Obama won’t cut a ribbon when the new museum opens this SaturdayWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:55:36 +0000A Mural on View in the African American History Museum Recalls the Rise of Resurrection City http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mural-view-african-american-history-museum-recalls-rise-resurrection-city-movement-180960525/The 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country's impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallWed, 21 Sep 2016 12:57:51 +0000The Moral Cost of Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moral-cost-of-cats-180960505/A bird-loving scientist calls for an end to outdoor cats "once and for all"Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:00:11 +0000How the Heated, Divisive Election of 1800 Was the First Real Test of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/election-1800-first-real-test-american-democracy-180960457/A banner from the Smithsonian collections lays out the stakes of Jefferson vs. AdamsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Founder of the Smithsonian Institution Figured Out How to Brew a Better Cup of Coffeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/founder-smithsonian-institution-how-brew-better-cup-coffee-180960208/Almost two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:12:38 +0000Life Bounced Back After the Dinosaurs Perished http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/life-bounced-back-after-dinosaurs-perished-180960424/The devastation was immediate, catastrophic and widespread, but plants and mammals were quick to take overFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:31:56 +0000Exclusive Photography From Inside the African American History Museum Offers a Hint of What Is to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/see-new-museum-through-lens-architecture-photographer-jason-flakes-180960464/Architecture photographer Jason Flakes brings his unique lens to the Smithsonian's brand new museumWed, 14 Sep 2016 21:32:30 +0000Google Is Redefining 3D Tech at the New African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-google-changing-3d-tech-museum-african-american-history-180960438/Next spring, visitors will interact with artifacts beyond those in the physical exhibitions Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:03:00 +0000UPDATE: Meet the National Zoo's Latest Bouncing Baby—an Orangutan (New Video)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-national-zoos-latest-bouncing-baby-orangutan-video-180960429/A historical birth of a male Bornean orangutan, the first in 25 years, took place in Washington, D.C.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:00:05 +0000Nat Turner's Bible Gave the Enslaved Rebel the Resolve to Rise Up http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nat-turners-bible-inspiration-enslaved-rebel-rise-up-180960416/A Bible belonging to the enslaved Turner spoke of possibility says curator Rex Ellis of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 13 Sep 2016 18:54:36 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does the World Look to the Color Blind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-does-world-look-the-color-blind-180960415/Most people who are color blind can see colors, they just have trouble distinguishing between specific kindsTue, 13 Sep 2016 14:28:50 +0000The Anthrax Letters That Terrorized a Nation Are Now Decontaminated and on Public Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anthrax-letters-terrorized-nation-now-decontaminated-public-view-180960407/Carriers of the deadly anthrax bacteria, these letters—on loan from the FBI—can be seen at the National Postal MuseumMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:48:55 +0000Smithsonian Expert Fills in the Missing Science Behind the Movie “Sully”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-expert-fills-missing-science-behind-movie-sully-180960404/Forensic ornithologist Carla Dove shares her story of analyzing the bird remains or “snarge” scraped from the engines of flight 1549Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:44:40 +0000Why It Takes a Great Rivalry to Produce Great Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rivalrous-art-world-was-picasso-trying-put-one-over-matisse-180960348/Smithsonian historian David Ward takes a look at a new book by Sebastian Smee on the contentious games artists playFri, 09 Sep 2016 15:43:46 +0000These Rarely Seen Photographs Are a Who's Who of the Harlem Renaissancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rarely-seen-photographs-whos-who-harlem-renaissance-180960343/Carl Van Vechten captured and archived images of most of the era’s great artists, musicians and thought leadersFri, 09 Sep 2016 14:07:18 +0000The Musical Lineup for the Opening of the African American History Museum Is Announced and It's Greathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-lineup-opening-african-american-history-museum-announced-180960388/The 'Freedom Sounds' Festival includes D.C. Go-Go band Experience Unlimited, Public Enemy, The Roots, Living Colour and moreThu, 08 Sep 2016 17:27:58 +0000These Photos of Deconstructed Devices Reveal Their Hidden Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-photos-deconstructed-devices-reveal-their-hidden-beauty-180960316/Engineer-artist Todd McLellan finds marvel in blowing out the mundaneThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:23:57 +0000Remembering 9/11, From a Scrawled Note to a Scrap of Fuselage http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-911-scrawled-note-bit-fuselage-180960354/How objects both ordinary and extraordinary help us reflect on the devastationThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fuel Your Design Obsession With 200,000 Newly Digitized Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fuel-your-design-obsession-200000-newly-digitized-artifacts-180960360/Explore 30 centuries of design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum without leaving your computerWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:00:10 +0000For Nearly 150 Years, This One House Told a Novel Story About the African-American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-nearly-150-years-one-house-told-novel-story-african-american-epxperience-180960355/On view in the new museum, the woodframe dwelling evokes the aspirations and limitations of the era following enslavementWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Mission to Restore the Original Starship Enterprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-mission-to-restore-the-original-starship-enterprise-180960339/The beloved 1960s studio model stars in <em>Building Star Trek</em>, a documentary premiering on Smithsonian Channel this SundayFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:40:41 +0000 Solving the Mystery of the Milky Way’s Missing Masshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/solving-mystery-milky-ways-missing-mass-180960297/Smithsonian scientists have discovered a huge cloud of super hot gas expanding from the middle of our galaxyThu, 01 Sep 2016 19:05:02 +0000Your Questions About African-American History, Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/questions-african-american-history-answered-180960120/A special edition of Ask Smithsonian on the occasion of the opening of a new Smithsonian museumThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:56:58 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-can-thank-science-and-scientists-national-park-system-180960275/Early conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000Take an Interactive Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-interactive-tour-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180960303/What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Dimple?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-is-dimple-180960272/Michael Jordan, Vanessa Hudgens and all those celeb dimples to die for? Just a result of a double zygomaticus major muscleTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:19:05 +0000The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/definitive-story-national-museum-african-american-history-culture-came-be-180960125/From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-objects-collections-smithsonian-museum-180960126/These artifacts each tell a part of the African-American storyMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:03 +0000Michael Jackson's Costumes Show Why Nobody Can Beat the King of Pop When it Comes to Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-new-museum-michael-jackson-unapologetic-enduring-style-receives-curtain-call-180958922/Outfits from the Jackson's "Victory" tour will be part of an inaugural exhibition at the African American History MuseumMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:02:20 +0000How to Get Timed-Entry Passes for National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-offer-timed-entry-passes-180960211/It's finally time to plan your trip to NMAAHCFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000Here’s an Ingeniously Simple Method for Making Bakailaoa Pil-pilean, the Traditional Basque Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-ingeniously-simple-method-making-bakailaoa-pil-pilean-traditional-basque-meal-180960245/Digesting the lessons that the Basque chefs taught at this summer’s Folklife Festival Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:13 +0000Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-give-black-and-latino-astronomers-foundation-reach-stars-180960213/Astronomy has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000Karl Marx, My Puppy ‘Max,’ Instagram and Mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/karl-marx-my-puppy-max-instagram-and-me-180960205/A historian tries hard to understand modern society and buys a #cutepuppyMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:23 +0000Jazz Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-has-never-looked-cooler-than-it-does-new-exhibition-180960191/ These evocative images by photographer Herman Leonard call to mind a bygone eraMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:43:07 +0000A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-beary-happy-first-birthday-bei-bei-unbearably-cute-celebrations-180960199/America's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National ZooFri, 19 Aug 2016 20:24:51 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000This Man Claims He Has the World’s Largest Collection of Toy Dinosaurs, and He Loves Them Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-claims-worlds-largest-collection-dinosaurs-180960130/Randy Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000100 Years Later, the First International Treaty to Protect Birds Has Grown Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-100-years-protecting-birds-180960169/The U.S. and Canada celebrate the centennial of an agreement recognizing that birds see no bordersThu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:51 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000 Smithsonian Researchers Uncover Extinct, Ancient River Dolphin Fossil Hiding in Their Own Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-ancient-river-dolphin-discovered-exctinct-millions-years-ago-180960146/Sometimes, paleontologists don’t have to go into the field to discover a tantalizing new speciesTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 +0000These Letters Written by Famous Artists Reveal the Lost Intimacy of Putting Pen to Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-letters-written-famous-artists-reveal-lost-intimacy-putting-pen-to-paper-180960047/Many of the letters included in a new book provide snapshots of especially poignant moments in the lives of American artistsFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-animals-predict-earthquakes-180960079/Humans cling to the idea that the beasts of the field could help to make earthquakes predictable, but prognosticators they are not Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000What You Don’t Know About Olympian Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-you-dont-know-about-olympian-tommie-smiths-silent-gesture-180960056/The simple act of civil disobedience, thrusting a black-gloved fist in the air, produced shock waves across the nationTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:08:54 +0000What It’s Like to Light the Olympic Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/athlete-rafer-johnson-talks-about-what-its-light-olympic-cauldron-180959944/Today, retired Olympian Rafer Johnson carries a powerful legacy that honors the pride and spirit of the gamesThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:36:53 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000When Frogs Pull the Curtain: The Benefits of Mating in Secrethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-frogs-pull-curtain-benefits-mating-secret-180959969/Smithsonian's new curator of frogs explains why some frogs seek privacy when they mateMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:35:50 +0000On a Deep Dive in a Custom-Built Submarine, a New Species of Scorpionfish Is Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/deep-dive-submarine-new-species-scorpionfish-Is-discovered-180959934/A Smithsonian scientist dives deep to a coral reef and finds much to discoverMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:03:04 +0000How Do Smithsonian Curators Decide What to Collect at the Political Conventions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-curators-decide-what-collect-political-conventions-180959937/For Smithsonian’s Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Jon Grinspan, it’s trying to guess what people of the future will want to know about 2016Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:55:34 +0000