At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian feed for At the SmithsonianenTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign Smithsonian asks visitors to help bring back the sparkle and #KeepThemRubyMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:05:00 +0000How Earthquakes and Volcanoes Reveal the Beating Heart of the Planet Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program has stitched together a visual archive of the world’s earthquakes and volcanoes Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:16:45 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster that Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Smithsonian Will Stretch to Save Scarecrow’s Costume, Too out the Ruby Slippers were just the beginning of an epic journey of cultural preservation Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:08:44 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biography visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Books PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:00 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Club card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Newly Discovered Letters Bring New Insight Into the Life of a Civil War Soldier mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantrymanThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000At the New “Slavery and Freedom” Show, a Mother Finds an Empowering Message for Her Young Daughters child's shackles, a whip, and an auction block deliver a visceral experience of slaveryFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:40 +0000Is Bob Dylan a Poet? the enigmatic singer, songwriter and troubadour takes the Nobel Prize in literature, one scholar ponders what his work is all aboutThu, 13 Oct 2016 20:13:20 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax? has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possible new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000How to Save Family Heirlooms from Natural Disasters isn't easy to save cultural heritage from the ravages of nature, but a national task force thinks it's worth tryingFri, 07 Oct 2016 20:26:26 +0000Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird zoo's cassowary “still has that mysterious aura about her—that prehistoric, dinosaur-walking-through-the-rainforest-quality."Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:39:56 +0000Charles Osgood's Love Affair With the Bow Tie Began With a Dire Warning About Clip-Ons one of his iconic bow ties arrives at the Smithsonian, Osgood reflects on good and bad doggerel and how to tie a good knot Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:43:26 +0000Mapping the World's Great Cities in a Most Unusual, Yet Visually Arresting, Fashion urban planner, part cartographer, sculptor Norwood Viviano uses state-of-the-art mapping tools to make powerful works of art Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:27:42 +0000The Sounds and Images of Black Power Take Center Stage in This Post-Civil Rights Exhibition Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, black leaders and cultural influencers encouraged community self-reliance and pride Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Game of Monopoly Is Made Entirely of Clay Morgin’s playful illusions explore ideas of abandonment and the American dreamTue, 04 Oct 2016 14:44:02 +0000Bones and Blood Lurk Within These Stunning Works of Art Jennifer Trask sees a rich backstory in her materials Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000Steven Young Lee Crafts Perfectly Imperfect Pottery trained, this artist makes works that look woefully brokenMon, 03 Oct 2016 14:51:04 +0000How Did Smithsonian Curators Pack 200 Years of African-American Culture in One Exhibition? curators of the Cultural Expressions exhibition collected stories and artifacts and brilliantly packed 200 years into one round roomFri, 30 Sep 2016 18:20:48 +0000The Hyperreal Magnetism of the Truly Huge "Big Man" Ron Mueck's showstopper returns to the exhibition floorThu, 29 Sep 2016 15:31:23 +0000Mercury Is Tectonically Active, Making It Uniquely Like Earth whole new picture of Mercury's geologic history emerges, showing its crust is being thrust up and its surface is changing over timeThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:32:02 +0000History Grabs the Headlines, But the Quiet Authority of the Art Gallery in the New Smithsonian Museum Speaks Volumes the visual arts exhibition the tone and the ambience suddenly shift Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:13:46 +0000Ask Smithsonian: When Did People Start Keeping Pets? human-pet timeline is still being put together, but turns out man’s best friend might also be his oldestWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000In the Early 19th Century, Firefighters Fought Fires ... and Each Other fires in early America was about community, property and rivalryTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:44:30 +0000Thousands Converge on the National Mall For Music, Family, Remembrance and Celebration from all over the country arrive to celebrate the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and CultureSat, 24 Sep 2016 20:48:08 +0000Live: Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony 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 Opening 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 Museum'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 at the Freedom Festival (PHOTOS) 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 Money 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 Readers asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000What Langston Hughes’ Powerful Poem “I, Too" Tells Us About America's Past and Present 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 Museum 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 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 Cats 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 Democracy 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 Coffee 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 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 Come 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 Museum 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) 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 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? 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 View 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” 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 Art 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 Renaissance 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 Great '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 Beauty 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 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 Artifacts 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 Experience 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 Enterprise 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 Mass 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, Answered 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 System 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 Culture to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Dimple? 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 Be 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 Museum 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 Style 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 Culture's finally time to plan your trip to NMAAHCFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000