UPDATE: Spidernaut Dies at Natural History Museum


UPDATE: Spidernaut Dies at Natural History Museum

After 99 days in space, the museum's new jumping spider made it only five days before dying of natural causes

Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, Richard Kurin will discuss the dazzling, outsized life of diva May Yohe, the subject of his new biography.

Events December 4-6: May Yohe, DC Demographics and Kenyan Water

This week, a new book on an old diva, a panel on the capital's Latino populations and a documentary about waterways in Kenya


VIDEO: What a Blast! Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Sets Off Explosions on the Mall

The famous artist brought his explosives to the Sackler for its 25th anniversary

A view of 1930s New York

If You Can Make It Here: The Rise of New York City

Saul Lilienstein discusses how the city rose from the 1929 crash and became stronger than ever, Saturday at the Ripley Center

Mequitta Ahuja’s “Mocoonama” mixes media to create a process of construction that speaks to the subject as well. Enamel, acrylic, and glitter on stamped and collaged vellum, 2011.

Drawing on the Edge: Six Contemporary Portraitists Challenge Convention

Six young artists leave their mark on portraiture with the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibit


Spidernaut Returns Home From Space

After a 99-day at the space station, a red-backed jumping spider comes to the Natural History Museum

The films of Ang Lee continue at the Freer with his 1993 comedy, The Wedding Banquet.

Events Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Africa’s Space Programs, the Middle East’s Diva and Ang Lee’s Wedding Banquet

Explore a continent's long history with the stars, hear the vocal stylings of Karima Skalli and watch another classic in a series of film screenings

The Sackler Gallery celebrates 25 years with a full schedule of events, including an explosion event by artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

An Explosive 25th Anniversary for the Sackler with Artist Cai Guo-Qiang

The Gallery marks the occasion with an "explosion event," lectures, performances and more


Reclaiming the Edge: Exhibit Compares Waterfront Development Around the World

From Shanghai to Los Angeles to D.C., the Anacostia Community Museum's looks at recent efforts to reclaim urban rivers


Photos: The National Hockey League Turns 95

Though the league is currently in another lockout, the Smithsonian collections have plenty of memorabilia from the sport's history in the United States

Prepare to own the holidays with the best handmade gifts you’ve ever made, starting at the Renwick’s handi-hour.

Events November 27-29: Johnny Mercer, Contemporary Middle Eastern Art and Handi-hour

This week, review the musical genius of Capitol Records co-founder, examine identity in Middle Eastern art and start your stitching


Photos: ZooLights Return for the Holidays

Each year, 100,000 visitors come to see the lights. Here's why you should be one of them

Arturo Rodríguez made this Van Gogh-inspired card for Helen L. Kohen, ca. 1980-1999.

Events November 23-25: ZooLights, Artsy Holiday Cards and Metaphysical Baseball

This weekend, a seasonal favorite returns to the Zoo and authors sign books on 20th century holiday cards and a man haunted by visions of baseball's past

Chef Richard Hetzler’s cookbook contains recipes for buffalo chili, wild rice salad and other regional specialties. Photo by Renée Comet.

Mitsitam Chef Shares His Thanksgiving Table

Executive chef at the American Indian Museum's award-wining cafe, Richard Hetzler, talks holiday menus

Nothing more American than apple pie, except maybe the Great American Pie Festival.

A Pie Champion’s Award-Winning Sweet Potato Pie Recipe and More Holiday Advice

From E-Z Bake to national champ, Jennifer Nystrom knows pies


Next Stop on the Thanksgiving Tour: Julia Child’s Kitchen

The beloved destination has re-opened with new goodies for food lovers

An ambitious exhibit explores how our food production and consumption have changed in recent history.

FOOD: An Edible Exhibit Examines Our Many Culinary Cultures

Just in time for Thanksgiving, an exhibit all about what we put on our table at the American History Museum

The Sant Ocean Hall at the Natural History Museum is just one of the many attractions to be enjoyed this holiday weekend.

Insider Visitor Tips for the Holiday Weekend

Must-see exhibits, little known facts and veteran visitor wisdom for your Thanksgiving weekend at the Smithsonian

Antonio Rovaldi’s smash hit will please both arts- and sports-inclined gallery goers. “The Opening Day.” 2009.

Another Smash Hit on the Thanksgiving Tour: Rovaldi’s “Opening Day”

The next must-see item in our roundup of family-friendly Smithsonian stops is an homage to both baseball and video art

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