Why Were Electric Cars Once Advertised as 'Ladies' Cars'?

Your questions answered by our experts

Oil portrait of Barack Obama by Kadir Nelson

A Portrait of Obama in the Final Days of His Presidency

Commissioned for <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine, this painting shows a leader at a crossroads

The Robodoc married robots and computers to revolutionize the complicated task of joint replacement surgery.

Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museum

William Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the job

Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readers

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Two captive Przewalski’s horses at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's center in Fort Royal, Virginia

How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the World

These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and track

When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readers

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"A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond" exhibition.

The Sounds and Images of Black Power Take Center Stage in This Post-Civil Rights Exhibition

After Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, black leaders and cultural influencers encouraged community self-reliance and pride

Visitors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. arrive to see the grand opening ceremonies.

Thousands Converge on the National Mall For Music, Family, Remembrance and Celebration

Families from all over the country arrive to celebrate the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readers

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A beta version of the 3D interactive exhibit that is set to open in 2017.

Google Is Redefining 3D Tech at the New African American History Museum

Next spring, visitors will interact with artifacts beyond those in the physical exhibitions

The Williams Dreamland Theatre, Tulsa, OK, c. 1921

Your Questions About African-American History, Answered

A special edition of Ask Smithsonian on the occasion of the opening of a new Smithsonian museum

The Browns in Topeka, Kansas

The Children of Civil Rights Leaders Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize

The next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebears

Michael Jackson performs in Kansas City, Kansas during the "Victory" tour in 1984.

Michael Jackson's Costumes Show Why Nobody Can Beat the King of Pop When it Comes to Style

Outfits from the Jackson's "Victory" tour will be part of an inaugural exhibition at the African American History Museum

Bei Bei visits the vet.

A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Store

America's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National Zoo

Babe Ruth by Nat Fein, 1948

Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsements

The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairs

What Gives "Seinfeld" Its Staying Power?

In a new book, pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong analyzes how the show about nothing changed everything

What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readers

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Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon and the son of a Cuban refugee, was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at the Smithsonian.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Honored at Citizenship Ceremony

The Smithsonian awarded the internet mogul during a ceremony welcoming newly naturalized citizens

Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) (video still), 2004

Six Critically Acclaimed African Artists Explore the Dimensions and Complexities of Time

Much more abstract than seconds, minutes and hours, time in the hands of artists becomes even more perplexing

How Ferris Bueller's Day Off Perfectly Illustrates the Power of Art Museums

Three decades after it premiered, the coming-of-age film remains a classic

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