At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000The True Story Behind Billie Jean King's Victorious “Battle of the Sexes” sports curator Eric Jentsch offers a look at her legacy beyond the legendary matchFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000How U.S. and German Art Experts Are Teaming Up to Solve Nazi-Era Mysteries in WWII art loss and restitution will discuss provenance research in BerlinFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000In This Quiet Space for Contemplation, a Fountain Rains Down Calming Waters year after the Nation’s first black president rang in the opening of the African American History Museum, visitors reflect on its impactThu, 21 Sep 2017 19:11:11 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Love new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000When Did East Asian Countries Adopt the Western Calendar and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Craze athletic movements may have inspired modern break dancingThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How This Washington, D.C. Museum Redefined What Museums Could Be years after its founding, the Smithsonian's beloved Anacostia Community Museum continues to tell stories heard nowhere elseWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Freer|Sackler: Reopened Smithsonian reopens the Freer and Sackler Galleries to the public in OctoberTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:57:07 +0000Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs 19th-century New England, the books that taught kids how to read had a Puritanical morbidity to themTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:08:24 +0000Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screen October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery makes its cinematic debutTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Former Soviet Art Duo Crafts Worlds of Whimsy and Delight models, the wellspring of the celebrated large installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, are at the HirshhornMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:42:41 +0000Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Diving Into Google's Huge Latino Art and History Archive features more than 2,500 new works and 69 new exhibits Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:23:30 +0000Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Fest indie hit is the perfect game for a day devoted to unearthing knowledgeFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:27 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Year a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +0000Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Him Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisitionWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Juggling Genius of Paul Cinquevalli a showman who gave his life to his craftWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:14 +0000Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Song Smithsonian honors two composers whose work and philanthropy are inextricably linkedWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problem down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim CrowTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diego with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Shows in D.C. and NYC are in for a mental workout with shows that deliver on everything from the experimental to the traditionalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:42:51 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sun Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How We Can Support the World's Rich Musical Diversity music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearingWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks About Holding Onto History Walls LeNier, whose school dress is in Smithsonian, says much was accomplished and now we need to hold onto itTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:41:25 +0000Why the Works of Visionary Artist Jacob Lawrence Still Resonate a Century After His Birth vibrant and bold paintings tell stories of liberation, resistance and resilience Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imagination the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Life tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000Ruth Odom Bonner, Who Rang the Freedom Bell With President Obama, Passes Away at 100 back on the redoubtable woman who helped inaugurate the African American History MuseumFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:55:00 +0000'Rumble' Aims to Upset the Rock 'n' Roll Canon documentary based on a Smithsonian exhibition is wowing festival audiencesFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomers the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Too armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Ant mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the long legacy of women who shaped the feminist sociological theoryTue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:13 +0000A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Either are bringing new innovations to save the 80-pound suit that allowed the first astronaut on the moon to take that giant leapMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activists new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genresThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:49:09 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Style notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loves may not own a television, but the Grammy-award winning musician definitely has her favorite books and filmsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:57 +0000Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark' Fonz was the epitome of ’50s chill on TV’s family-friendly “Happy Days.” And then he went over the topWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:29 +0000The Fused History of Two of Washington, D.C.'s Beloved Museums new exhibition sheds light on the enduring legacy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait GalleryTue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:07 +0000There's More to Classic Tiki Than Just Kitsch Martin Cate reveals eight fun facts about the past, present and future of tiki cultureMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's African American History Museum Releases Statement on Charlottesville and Confederate Memorials events, says director Lonnie Bunch, are part of a 'long legacy of violence intended to intimidate and marginalize African Americans and Jews'Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:56:52 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totality’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback Back on a Man Who Was Always Looking ForwardFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Newly Uncovered Documents Address the Mystery of One Slave’s Life details surrounding the identity of the enslaved man who once lived in the storied Ipswich house at the American History MuseumFri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Seen the Hope Diamond? Check Out These Treasures from the Baseball Diamond acquires priceless emblems of America's national pastimeThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?'s a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:51:39 +0000A Brief, 500-Year History of Guam Chamorro people of this Pacific island have long been buffeted by the crosswinds of foreign nationsTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:38:23 +0000What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses multiple cultures, says a Smithsonian folklorist, a darkening of daytime skies provokes a foreboding of evil Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matter former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie an endangered species, every kiwi countsWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000A New Memorial Will Soon Honor the Heroism of Native American Veterans design ideas and funding, the National Museum of the American Indian turns to its communityWed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation dataMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:12 +0000How the Narwhal Got Its Tusk According to Inuit storytelling tradition, the narwhal was once an evil stepmother, who wove her hair into a tuskMon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:47 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Music The Grammy-nominated artist takes inspiration from weaving together seemingly disparate musical forms Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Algae to Revitalize America’s Waterways Adey’s algal turf scrubber filters pollutants to clean waterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:34:12 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in October Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S. 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolution Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Later five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers alikeWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:53 +0000