PeopleThese influential artists, celebrities, leaders and scholars have shaped our world
In a new book, political junkie Robert W. Merry shares his three-part test
August 13, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
"She killed her sister, butchered her elder brothers, murdered the ruler, poisoned her mother," the chronicles say. But is the empress unfairly maligned?
August 10, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Start the weekend off with a date night at the Freer Gallery, then enjoy Super Science Saturday at the Udvar-Hazy Center and learn about the Earth with author Robert Hazen.
August 09, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
The man who prepared an illicit tyrannosaur specimen claims that the dinosaur is rightly his
August 09, 2012 | By Brian Switek
We help you sort out who's who from the museum's recent announcement, in a series of three posts
August 08, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
The artist behind "I shop therefore I am" has plastered her monumental statements all over the Hirshhorn
August 06, 2012 | By Jeanie Riess
This week, sketch like a master, catch a concert that blends Native American and Celtic sounds and stitch in the presence of greatness
August 06, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Contrary to a popular myth, dinosaurs didn't have butt brains
August 02, 2012 | By Brian Switek
Sherlock Holmes’s extraordinary deductions would be impossible without the optical technologies of the 19th century
July 31, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
Virginia Mecklenburg offers a Wednesday lecture on the artists from "Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond"
July 31, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Voted female athlete of the 20th century, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals while pregnant with her third child
July 31, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Even though scientific interest in dinosaurs is relatively new, our species have been puzzling about the prehistoric creatures for centuries.
July 30, 2012 | By Brian Switek
Before you settle into your couch to watch the Olympics, get down to the Smithsonian for exhibits, games and more.
July 24, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
This weekend, celebrate Earth, have a movie day and check out some super cool planes at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
July 19, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Winners of the museum's Teen Portrait Competition discuss their portraits and the stories behind them.
July 18, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
As NBC's "Parks and Recreation" prepares to shoot its season five opener in D.C., we offer up five must-sees for the newest city councilmember of Pawnee, Indiana
July 17, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
The modern-day Renaissance man, known for his work on the stage and the screen, provides insights from the Tao of Captain Kirk
July 17, 2012 | By Jeff Greenwald
This week at the Smithsonian: take a virtual tour beneath the earth's surface, see the Air Force Strings perform and honor the genius of Thelonius Monk.
July 16, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Events July 13-15: After Hours at the Museum of African Art, Cranes and Clouds, “Don Juan” Screening
This weekend, hit up the Museum of African Art after hours, create Korean art and view a screening of "Don Juan."
July 12, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Historian David C. Ward recounts the short but unprecedented Civil War attack on Washington, D.C. at the Battle of Fort Stevens on July 11, 1864.
July 11, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz