From the Collections

After being refused service at a Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's, four African-American men launched a protest that lasted six months and helped change America.

Courage at the Greensboro Lunch Counter

On February 1, four college students sat down to request lunch service at a North Carolina Woolworth's and ignited a struggle

Pablo Cano, a Miami-based artist who creates marionettes, sent this holiday card to Miami art critic Helen L. Kohen in 1989.

Artists' Homemade Christmas Cards

Seasonal greetings from artists such as Alexander Calder and Philip Guston celebrate the handmade holiday card

The cards and letters aboard the Graf Zeppelin bore a distinctive mark on their envelopes: a small image stamped in ink.

Holiday Delivery From the Graf Zeppelin

In 1934, a zeppelin originating in Germany and bound for Brazil carried a cargo of Christmas cheer

Is the Smithsonian Castle haunted? The Institution's founder, James Smithson, is said to be among the otherworldly visitors.

Learn the Truths Behind These Smithsonian Urban Legends

Ever since its inception, the Smithsonian has been the subject of wild rumors, crazy tales and amusing myths

Although the lander may appear “flimsy and gangly,” says NASM curator Allan Needell, the craft represents “a very pure design built for a very specific mission.”

Apollo 11's Giant Leap for Mankind

When the lunar module landed on the moon, it provided an unforgettable moment for the millions watching back on Earth


The Best Photographs From Obama's First Inauguration


Q&A: Comic Artist Jolene Nenibah Yazzie

Krantz was a true teacher in life, and his skeleton will ensure he is one in death as well.

Grover Krantz Donated His Body to Science, On One Condition...

"I've been a teacher all my life," Krantz said, "and I think I might as well be a teacher after I'm dead, so why don't I just give you my body."

Przewalski's horse thrives at Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center

Teaming Up

University partnerships are key to the success of the Smithsonian Institution's education initiatives

Photograph of Alec Soth taken in his studio

At the Portrait Gallery, Alec Soth Likes Looking at Women

Before Email, There Was V-mail

A history of the method used to transmit letters during World War II


Picture of the Week--Diatoms or Modern Art?

'Women of Our Time' at the Portrait Gallery

A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery showcases the beauty of women in the twentieth century



Two new key additions to our staff


It's all about baseball on Sunday, June 1 from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street, NW, at Mount Vernon Square

Fakes are an all too real part of the museum world. “There are always artists capable of making and selling things that seem old,” says anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh.

Why the Smithsonian Has a Fake Crystal Skull

The Natural History Museum's quartz cranium highlights the epic silliness of the new Indiana Jones movie

Thomas Alva Edison by Alfred S. Seer Engraver; Copy after: Mathew B. Brady, Color woodcut poster, c. 1878

All in a Word

I Can't Live Without That. . . Necklace?


Spirals of History

Hand-carved elephant tusks tell the story of life in the Congolese colonies of the late 1800s


A Picture Worth More than A Thousand Words

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