Dance of the Dumbo Octopod Decoded

Zoologist Michael Vecchione, director of the NOAA Lab at the Natural History Museum, sheds some light on the mysterious deep-sea creature

Nancy Wilson signs the deed of gift, donating two of her gowns to the American History Museum, alongside museum director Brent Glass, at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Style and Song Maven Nancy Wilson Donates Gowns to the American History Museum

Wilson's dresses join the museum's collection of famed ensembles, including gowns from: the First Ladies, Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Sills and the Supremes

Mount St. Helens

The List: Five Volcanoes to Watch

On the anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the ATM blog team, has compiled a list of five volcanoes that currently threaten population centers

Portrait of global philanthropic team Bill and Melinda Gates by Jon Friedman, 2011

See Bill and Melinda Gates at the Portrait Gallery


What Does it Mean to be "Museum-Worthy?" How a Political History Curator Defines the Term


The List- Five Must-See Butterfly Spots Around the Mall

Andrew Young

At the Portrait Gallery: The Civil Rights Legend Ambassador Andrew Young

Astronaut Alan Shepard in his pressure suit, for the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) flight, the first American manned space flight. On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Freedom 7 mission and became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard Went to Outer Space and Came Home

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first American in space


On This Day in History: Remembering the Freedom Rides

There is much to celebrate in the month of May but today we acknowledge the civil rights movement


An Old Favorite Returns to the National Zoo


At the National Portrait Gallery: Remembering the Death of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth

Frederick Eugene Ives' photochromoscopy plates "are perhaps the first color photographs of San Francisco.

The 1906 San Francisco Quake in Color

Recently discovered photographs depict the aftermath of the devastating California earthquake in a new light

See artist Preston Singletary's Raven Steals the Sun, 2008, at the American Indian's Heye Center in New York City until September 5.

What's Up


A Smithsonian Quest Or How One Guy Resolved to See All the Museums

As much as the ATM team enjoys keeping you up-to-date with the happenings at the Smithsonian, we're equally excited when readers share their experiences

A view of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

A Michigan Museum of Shipwrecks

On the shore of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum details the history of boats lost in the deep waters


On View at the Renwick: Cliff Lee Creates One-of-a-Kind Porcelain Ceramics

Porcelain artist Cliff Lee spent 17 years trying to recreate a glaze. He succeeded. Then, he lost the formula


Artists File Taxes Too!

It's that time of year, again, the deadline for filing your federal and state income tax returns


At the Portrait Galley, Private Art Collections Become Public

It is a widely held belief that in the largely political climate of Washington, D.C., more often that not, what you see is not necessarily what you get


The List: What You Didn't Know About the Smithsonian in the Civil War


On View at the Renwick: Judith Schaechter's Stained Glass Works Shatter Convention

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