American democracy was born in Philadelphia, and the Republic faced challenges at Valley Forge and Gettysburg. Pennsylvania played a pivotal role in United States history, but today its major cities are home to great arts institutions and important technological research. Beyond the cities, Pennsylvania’s countryside includes breathtaking wilderness areas, hidden architectural gems and charming Amish towns.
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AT THE SMITHSONIAN
Scenes and Sightings from the Museums
- Around the Mall
- Visitor's Guide
As news spread last week about the passing of Nelson Mandela—whose patient, peaceful fight against t...
By Erica R. Hendry
The award-winning choreographer and Lion King dancer talks about his plans for a new work celebratin...
By Vicky Gan
On view at African Art, a retrospective of Eliot Elisofon, who drank scotch and was allowed to touch...
By Beth Py-Lieberman
In The Magazine
- The 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards
- Mars Attack!
- Notes from the Edge
- Voices Carry
- Quantum Mechanic