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Visionary Sisters Make "A Modern Museum"

The making of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum started with two sisters. Learn more about the sisters, their family and the origins of the nation's design museum.

Crimilda in cap and gown, Courtesy of Western Michigan University Special Collections, Crimilda Pontes Graphic Arts Archive.

Crimilda Pontes: The Original Designer of the Smithsonian Sunburst

left to right: Herrenhauser Embreea Orchid (Embreea herrenhusana). Smithsonian Gardens; Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Gwaneum bosal), Goryeo period, c. 1220–85. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, on loan from National Museum of Korea. 3D scanning data used to create this digital model generously provided by the National Museum of Korea.

Smithsonian Open Access: Unlocking Our Treasures

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