At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian feed for At the SmithsonianenTue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000Stan Lee Helped Shape the Story of What It Is to Be American curator Eric Jentsch weighs into the legacy of the comic-book mastermind Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000The History of First Ladies’ Memoirs from the political constraints of living in the White House, these famous women have over the decades shared their personal opinions with the publicTue, 13 Nov 2018 19:47:35 +0000With Humans Out of the Way, Humpbacks Are Flourishing—But So Are Orcas are just now beginning to understand what happens when one whale species attacks anotherTue, 13 Nov 2018 15:54:41 +0000Prehistoric Angolan “Sea Monsters” Take Up Residence at the Natural History Museum new fossil exhibition spotlights the majestic marine predators that swept into the South Atlantic as Pangaea dissolvedFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:53:43 +0000How a Photograph Solved an Art Mystery Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:30:15 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I red flowers blooming on a battlefield in Belgium, inspired John McCrae to write the war poem “In Flanders Fields” Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:40:28 +0000Hartley Edwards Played “Taps” on this Bugle After World War I to Honor the Fallen the bugler remembered the story a bit wrong. A century later, a curator sets the record straightFri, 09 Nov 2018 13:00:36 +0000What Are the Economic Incentives to Invent? and patents may fulfill different needs, but together they fuel innovationThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000In 1868, Two Nations Made a Treaty, the U.S. Broke It and Plains Indian Tribes are Still Seeking Justice American Indian Museum puts the 150-year-old Fort Laramie Treaty on view in its "Nation to Nation" exhibitionWed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of America Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses biometrics to make breathtaking spectacle Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:34:28 +0000In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Gold African Art Museum's new exhibition delves into a tradition that is both ravishingly beautiful and hauntingly fraughtMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This South Carolina Cabin Is Now a Crown Jewel in the Smithsonian Collections 16- by 20-foot dwelling once housed the enslaved; a new podcast tells its story Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoot dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000Ecologists Have this Simple Request to Homeowners—Plant Native new study shows how quickly songbird populations fall off when gardens are planted with exotic trees and shrubsWed, 31 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Last-Minute Costumes Inspired by the Archives of American Art Tips from the glamorous and bohemian crowdTue, 30 Oct 2018 16:45:10 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Us artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Peer Through the Lens of the World's Best Nature Photographers images, including the winners, from the 23rd annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards go on viewMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000As His Remains Are Finally Interred, Powerful Emblems of Matthew Shepard's Life and Memory Come to the Smithsonian and Dennis Shepard lay their son to rest at the Washington National Cathedral after donating childhood artwork, photos and a wedding ringFri, 26 Oct 2018 16:31:19 +0000Does the Same Goose Always Lead the Flying V and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in America took millennia, but America’s founding farmers developed the grain that would fuel civilizations—and still doesThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Wake of Apollo’s “Giant Leap,” What’s Next for Lunar Exploration? new Smithsonian Book unpacks the possible future of missions to the MoonThu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000World War I Handmade American Flag to Stay in Scotland Smithsonian Institution extends its loan of the historic artifact to Islay—a small island with a big heartWed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Huge Shipment of Crustaceans Is Heading North From Louisiana to D.C. Natural History Museum prepares to add 100,000 more specimens to their collection already totaling 11.3 millionTue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000How Japanese Artists Responded to the Transformation of Their Nation new exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler vividly illustrate Japan's arrival to the modern ageMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:44:30 +0000Dama Gazelle Calf Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo gave birth to a healthy female calf October 9 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:24:43 +0000Meet the Real Rock Star of the New Dino Hall—the Fearsome Ceratosaurus dinosaur is finally giving up its secrets as it prepares for a long fight with a <i>Stegosaurus</i> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:57:34 +0000Self-Taught Artist Clementine Hunter Painted the Bold Hues of Southern Life view at NMAAHC, Hunter’s colorful artworks depict work in the field, church on Sundays, and laundry on the lineThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Return of Dorothy’s Iconic Ruby Slippers, Now Newly Preserved for the Ages unprecedented conservation of the <i>Wizard of Oz</i> shoes involved more than 200 hours, and a call from the FBIThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Two Decades Ago, John Glenn’s Encore Space Flight Lifted U.S. Spirits cameras tell the tale of the first American to orbit Earth and his return to space 36 years laterWed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Better partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian and beyondMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:31:07 +0000Smithsonian Curator Reflects on What 'First Man' Gets Right About Neil Armstrong's Journey to the Moon new film lays bare the personal sacrifice and peril that accompanied NASA's historic mission Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:04:50 +0000Bill Traylor Depicted His Brutal Lifetime With Vibrant Art new Smithsonian show, seven years in the making, takes a deep dive into the life of a self-taught artist and former slaveWed, 10 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000In a New Film, Master Artisans Share Their Passion for the Labors They Love filmmakers, Smithsonian folklorist Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, explore impact of craft in <em>Good Work</em>, airing now on PBSFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:27:43 +0000What’s Open and What’s Not During the National Air and Space Museum’s Seven-Year Renovation might be inconvenienced, but the much-loved Washington, D.C. museum is undergoing a massive revitalizationFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:14:48 +0000San Francisco's 'Early Days' Statue Is Gone. Now Comes the Work of Activating Real History racist sculpture's end comes at a “tipping point for the politics of Native American memory,” says the director of the American Indian MuseumThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0000This Freak Aviation Disaster Brought Supersonic Idealism Down in Flames a just-released Smithsonian Book, author Samme Chittum assesses the Concorde’s demise with the keen eye of a crime reporterThu, 04 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixty the October 1958 publication of <em>A Bear Called Paddington,</em> Smithsonian Libraries takes a look at several pop-up books Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:22:28 +0000New Cheetah Mom Earns High Marks Caring for Her Three New Smithsonian Cubs born to Sukiri on September 22 are latest in the National Zoo’s efforts to diversify gene pool of captive born cheetahsMon, 01 Oct 2018 20:22:28 +0000Would Baseball have Become America’s National Pastime Without Baseball Cards? companies spurred the mania, but artistry won the hearts of collectorsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:41 +0000A Hologram of the First Woman of Color in Space Debuted on Museum Day installation at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum featuring Mae Jemison highlights diversity in space explorationThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Film Festival Examines African-American Life Through Dozens of Distinct Lenses first of its kind, the late-October event brings together perspectives both historical and contemporaryThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Names Billie Jean King One of Its "Great Americans" tennis icon chatted about her life and legacy in a wide-ranging conversation at the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 26 Sep 2018 20:15:05 +0000Before He Was a Musician, John Lennon Was a Philatelist the arrival of a new postage stamp, the musician’s boyhood collection is on view at the National Postal MuseumTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Remembering Arthur Mitchell, the Barrier-Breaking Black Ballet Dancer joined the New York City Ballet in 1955 and later founded the Dance Theater of HarlemFri, 21 Sep 2018 17:29:05 +0000The Whitney Flame Topaz Smolders in Vibrant Red new gemstone at the Natural History Museum is already igniting wonder in viewersThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows a return to the Hirshhorn following his 1995 retrospective, Scully presents his sublime <i>Landlines</i> seriesThu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000The Latest on the Kickstarter Campaign to Conserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit a new biopic blasts off, the protective suit worn by the 'First Man' on the moon is readied for its star turnWed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why 'Little Women' Endures 150 Years Later author of a new book about the classic says the 19th-century novel contains life lessons for all, especially for boysTue, 18 Sep 2018 14:42:22 +0000