Lincoln's timeless speech during the Civil War endures as a national treasure
December 2008 | By Owen Edwards
In 1863, a group of paleontologists discovered an abandoned mine shaft in Natural Bridge, Virginia. They were shocked to find that it led to a lost world where dinosaurs still lived, a discovery of great interest to the Union Army. The Yankees devised a plan to unleash some of the toothy beasts aga...
November 25, 2008 | By Brian Switek
The National Museum of the American Indian works with Native Tribes to bring sacred artifacts home again
November 25, 2008 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
There are few things more nerve-wracking for paleontologists than fossil auctions. Exquisite specimens often command high prices and can be snapped up by private collectors, which keeps important fossils out of the hands of scientists. The impressive Tyrannosaurus “Sue,” for instance, was sold for ...
November 18, 2008 | By Brian Switek
Author Sharon Waxman digs into the tangle over looted artifacts between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Turkish government
November 14, 2008 | By Sharon Waxman
Smithsonian curators probe the meanings of telltale objects
November 2008 | By Anika Gupta
Visitors catch a glimpse of the groundbreaking, abstract art created by
preeminent 20th century expressionists.
November 01, 2008 | By Amanda Bensen
Earlier this year, Smithsonian published an article, “Where Dinosaurs Roamed,” that touched briefly on the war between the two men who started us down the path to our current dinosaur obsession:
“Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope were the two most prominent dinosaur specialists of the 1...
October 24, 2008 | By Sarah Zielinski
*SPOILER ALERT*We will be posting answers to our Sesame Street quiz throughout the week. Did you miss it? Check out our video before we spoil some of the fun.Have you watched it? Ready to test your Sesame Street-smarts? Let's go...answers are after the jump.Question 1: When did Cookie Monster eat a...
October 15, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
Hobnobbing with celebs has become sort of our specialty here at the Around the Mall blog. And this summer we had a couple of sit downs with some old friends from Sesame Street. Check out our video. While the children's puppet theater—part of the exhibition, Jim Henson's Fantastic World—was meant fo...
October 06, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, tech-savvy players gather clues in the alternate reality game "Ghosts of a Chance."
October 2008 | By Anika Gupta
An exact replica represents a particular North Atlantic whale
September 2008 | By Owen Edwards
With the purchase of Botticelli’s Death of Lucretia, Isabella Stewart Gardner took American collecting in a new direction
August 12, 2008 | By Cynthia Saltzman
The author of Old Masters, New World discusses how 19th century American collectors acquired European masterpieces and what it meant for museums and our nation.
August 12, 2008 | By Alison McLean
Few U.S. coins are rarer than the never circulated 1933 double eagle, melted down after the nation dropped the gold standard
June 2008 | By Owen Edwards
Sir John Soane's Museum in London and other idiosyncratic house museums in Europe yield pleasures beyond their size
June 2008 | By Tony Perrottet
How the museum's quartz cranium highlights the epic silliness of the new Indiana Jones movie
May 30, 2008 | By Owen Edwards
At the Museum of Fakes, what's not real is still art
May 08, 2008 | By Dina Modianot-Fox
Smithsonian Institution's 12th Secretary discusses his new role, his distinguished career in education and his favorite artifact
May 01, 2008 | By Beth Py-Lieberman
Composer Irving Berlin wrote scores of hits on his custom-built instrument
May 2008 | By Owen Edwards