In the first installment of a multi-part series, Smithsonian diamond expert Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection, explains how the rare crystals form
December 2006 | By Cate Lineberry
Lucy Lawless, star of Xena: Warrior Princess, which aired from 1995 to 2001, has given her signature costume to the Museum of American History
November 2006 | By Katy June-Friesen
On March 3, 2005, after 67 hours aboard his Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, he became the first person to fly alone around the world nonstop.
September 2006 | By Katy June-Friesen
In the mid-1800's, "ships of the desert" reported for duty in the Southwest.
July 2006 | By Owen Edwards
Museum will exhibit Jim Henson's first puppets and such classics as Kermit the Frog. Cheryl Henson, Henson's daughter and a muppet designer, spoke with Smithsonian's Jennifer Drapkin.
July 2006 | By Jennifer Drapkin
Two museums return home and invite visitors to engage in "conversations."
July 2006 | By Arthur Lubow
The giant panda born at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo has charmed animal lovers. Now he's teaching scientists more than they had expected
June 2006 | By Laura Tangley
Dedicated metalsmiths help a Memphis museum revive a lost American art form
May 2006 | By Matt Dellinger
A small museum illuminates Las Vegas' past by restoring the city's classic neon signs
March 2006 | By Lauren Wilcox
Once upon a time, Miss America reigned supreme
January 2006 | By Owen Edwards
When orbiting pranksters Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford launched into "Jingle Bells," Mission Control almost lost control
December 2005 | By Owen Edwards
A recently acquired stamp collection opens a new page on the teenage Beatle-to-be
September 2005 | By Owen Edwards
A sculptor's provacative memorial acknowledges the high cost of conflict
May 2005 | By Owen Edwards
Architect Santiago Calatrava created an urban landmark in the guise of an addition for the Milwaukee Art Museum
April 2005 | By Terah U. DeJong
A rare Burmese ruby memorializes a philanthropic woman
February 2005 | By Owen Edwards
The Honolulu hideaway built by "the richest girl in the world" is now a museum showcasing her unique collection of Islamic art
March 2004 | By Doug Stewart
Raymond Damadian refuses to take his failure to win a Nobel Prize, for a prototype MRI machine, lying down
December 2003 | By Rick Weiss
Thanks to an immigrant's generosity, the Steven Udvar-Hazy Center opens its massive doors to the public
December 2003 | By Lawrence M. Small
The Stranger and the Statesman: James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum
September 2003 | By Smithsonian magazine
Where do you put all those treasures?
June 2003 | By Lawrence M. Small