Sad News: Soyono the Tiger Dies at the Zoo

The Zoo decided to euthanize its older female Sumatran tiger because of suffering from spondylosis

The Potomac is the setting of filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau’s documentary about managing urban waterways.

Events November 20-22: A Nation’s River, Observations and Festive Foods

This week, Alexandra Cousteau discusses the Potomac, kids can gaze at the skies and the whole family can enjoy a fun-filled Thanksgiving

Confederate soldiers stand defiant before a Union general, even after the war is over. Winslow Homer, Prisoners from the Front, 1866.

At American Art: A New Look on How Artists Recorded the Civil War

A groundbreaking exhibit presents the Civil War through the eyes of artists uncertain of the conflict's outcome, shedding fresh light on the events


Staring at the Sun: It’s NOT a “Mass of Incandescent Gas”

Solar astrophysicist Mark Weber presents new research about that "miasma of incandescent plasma" at the Air and Space Museum

Mahpeyker or Kösem

“Roads of Arabia” Presents Hundreds of Recent Finds That Recast the Region’s History

More than 300 objects begin a North American tour at the Sackler, adding new chapters to Saudi Arabia's history

A still from Ang Lee’s film shows the young woman at the center of the plot to assassinate a man.

Events November 16-18: Ang Lee, Muscogee and Thelonious Monk, Jr.

This weekend, watch an Ang Lee classic, celebrate American Indian Heritage Month and listen to the famous musician's son perform

Once the king of the road, the Conestoga Wagon could haul up to five tons of cargo.

Going West: The American History Museum’s Conestoga Wagon is a Must-See

An iconic piece of history comes out of storage just in time for Thanksgiving visitors

Get a virtual (and sign up for a real) tour of the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

Events November 13-15: Art Labs, Diplomats and Nixon Policy Players

Get artsy, tour the state department's reception rooms and hear from officials central to Nixon's self-determination policies for American Indians


Recent Acquisitions on Display at the National Portrait Gallery

The museum shows more than 30 selections, including portraits of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Amerigo Vespucci

Star gaze with the Smithsonian at the Saturday Star Party.

Events Nov. 9-11: Civil War Technologies, Star Parties and Steinways

This weekend, attend a Civil War symposium, star gaze and take in word class music with bassoon player Phillip Kolker


Underwater Light Show: The Wonders of Bioluminescence

Dr. Edith Widder has made a career documenting and studying the amazing phenomenon that lights up the dark sea

Retired Major General Ken Weir will present a special lecture at the Air and Space Museum.

Events November 6-8: Mark Catesby’s Wildlife, Wintering Insects and a U-2 Pilot

This week, celebrate the British illustrator's 300th anniversary, learn about how insects survive the season and hear from a U-2 pilot


The Science of Good Cooking: Tips From America’s Test Kitchen

The newest book from Christopher Kimball and company pairs good food with good science

Local hip-hop artist Substantial will perform at the American Art Museum.

Events November 2-4: Political Machines, Moon Rocks and Substantial Music

This weekend, survey the technologies of campaigns past, learn about the quirky history of moon rocks and catch a show by hip-hop artist Substantial


Listen to the Elizabeth Mitchell Experience

Listen to the Elizabeth Mitchell Experience



Red state, blue state; no matter what the regional specialty, this is candy country.

Candy Land: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of America’s Sweet Treats

A Twix is nice, but these local candies and treats provide some much-needed variety this Halloween season

We love candy, to eat and to look at. Big Suckers, from the portfolio Seven Still Lifes and a Silver Landscape. Wayne Thiebaud, 1971.

Candy From Halloween’s Past

From candy's lackluster beginnings to the Halloween boom, Smithsonian shares some tricks and treats

William H. Johnson donated his work to the American Art Museum, allowing for a look at the growing legacy of the late artist.

Events Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Empires, Spooky Stories and American Artists

This week, a look at changing relationships with Latin America, Halloween stories and the rise of the late William H. Johnson


UPDATE: ALL Smithsonian Museums and the Zoo Remain Closed on Tuesday

From the Zoo's many critters to the Castle's chimneys, the Smithsonian prepares for severe weather

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