A Library of Congress curator is on a worldwide mission to find exact copies of the books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson
August 11, 2009 | By Ashley Luthern
Continuing a Washington tradition, the Obamas selected artwork from the Smithsonian collections to hang in their historic home
August 04, 2009 | By Abby Callard
Smithsonian Secretary Clough flies to Wyoming to learn about a period of intense global warming that occurred 55 million years ago
July 23, 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
In 1996, damage caused by Hurricane Fran forced North Carolina's Museum of Life and Science to close down their beloved Pre-History Trail. The path, opened in 1967, was meant to take visitors on a journey through 300 million years, but in the wake of the storm it seemed like a good time to pause. N...
July 16, 2009 | By Brian Switek
One of the things I love about natural history museums is that you sometimes get to see real dinosaur bones. There is no substitute for seeing the fossilized remains of creatures that lived millions of years ago. If you want to see dinosaurs running around you will have to look to the movies, but a...
July 15, 2009 | By Brian Switek
The Cincinnati Museum has a bit of a problem. Not long ago the exhibit "Dinosaurs Unearthed" opened there, but what museum officials didn't know was that one of the Velociraptor brought to the museum was brooding a clutch of eggs! The babies hatched and escaped into the city, and the museum is call...
July 14, 2009 | By Brian Switek
In 1918 the paleontologists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History were pretty busy. Rather than go out into the field to collect more specimens, they chipped away at specimens that had already been collected so that they could be put on display. When the famous fossil collector Char...
July 09, 2009 | By Brian Switek
At 5 PM on June 30th the lights went out in the halls of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum for the last time. Earlier in the month, state budget cuts forced the university to cut funding to the institution, which houses the spectacular Allosaurus "Big Al" and an Apatosaurus skeleton. Plea...
July 01, 2009 | By Brian Switek
Libraries, universities and museums are especially important in uncertain times
July 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough
The oft-overlooked lives of America's first ladies are on display in house museums across the country
June 30, 2009 | By Robin T. Reid
For the past seven years, a seven-foot-tall origami Tyrannosaurus has served as the mascot for the TEA ReX Teahouse in Charlotte, North Carolina. As The Charlotte Observer recently reported, however, the company is switching to a new online format, and the giant paper dinosaur would need a new home...
June 26, 2009 | By Brian Switek
When I visited the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, I was a bit surprised to see a large Triceratops statue next to the giant anteater enclosure. There are a few dinosaurs at the zoo, like the Tyrannosaurus skull sculpture near the big cats exhibit, but the Triceratops seemed out...
June 24, 2009 | By Brian Switek
António Ole and Aimé Mpane came together to converse through artwork in a new insallation at the National Museum of African Art
June 23, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
The wonderful exhibit "Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries" will soon be coming to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and to promote it the museum has commissioned a special TV ad that can only be described as "Apatosaurus on Ice."Unfortunately, though, some people might think this ...
June 22, 2009 | By Brian Switek
Earlier this week the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Discovery Center Museum, both in Rockford, Illinois, held a ground-breaking ceremony on a $10 million expansion for the museums. The construction will give both institutions more exhibition space, and if the comments of Burpee Museum o...
June 16, 2009 | By Brian Switek
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, home of the Dinosphere, is welcoming some new additions this week. As reported by local TV station WISH, the museum just added a mother and baby Brachiosaurus sculpture to the outside of the building.
June 10, 2009 | By Brian Switek
Sometime over this past weekend the "Brontosaurus" at Durham, North Carolina's Museum of Life and Science lost its head. The statue stood for more than three decades in what had been called the Pre-History Trail, and everyone was shocked to see that had been vandalized. The crime was made even more...
June 04, 2009 | By Brian Switek
In a movie first, curators and filmmakers collaborated to animate artifacts for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
June 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
The Guggenheim Museum, turning 50 this year, showcases the trailblazer's mission to elevate American society through architecture
June 2009 | By Arthur Lubow
Does an obscure nerve cell help explain what gorillas, elephants, whales—and people—have in common?
June 2009 | By Ingfei Chen