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Smithsonian Obama Exhibit Takes Shape At Inauguration

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would ma...

Smithsonian, USPTO Plan 'innovation Pavilion' In Arts And Industries Building

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.16.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Wednesday to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one ...

PHOTOS: Maya Spirit: Entering The Circle Of Dance

Cecile R. Ganteaume | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Cecile R. Ganteaume

Despite great odds, dance remains a vibrant, meaningful and diverse form of cultural expression in many Native communities throughout the Americas.

The Smithsonian's Big Blue

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.04.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's largest cut aquamarine gem will soon go on display in its new home at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural His...

Cara Santa Maria

How Can We Prevent Another Dust Bowl? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green

This is in fact a classic story of human nature coming up against Mother Nature. And guess what, Mother Nature always wins. – Ken Burns On Octobe...

Smithsonian Reopening After Hurricane Closures

AP | Posted 12.31.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution's museums and National Zoo are reopening in Washington after shutting their doors for two days because ...

PHOTOS: 'Museum Day' Means Free Admission

Posted 09.28.2012 | Travel

On Saturday, museums across America will adopt the Smithsonian Insitution's free admission policy for 24 hours, allowing visitors to enjoy their colle...

Lee Speigel

Ex-Air Force Colonel: Reopen Project Bluebook | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.27.2012 | Weird News

Retired Col. Robert Friend, a former director of the Air Force's nearly 20-year UFO study, Project Blue Book, says that science should continue lookin...

Lee Speigel

Former Col. Accuses Federal Government Of UFO Cover-Up | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.28.2012 | Weird News

LAS VEGAS -- Former Air Force Col. Charles Halt accused the federal government of a UFO cover-up that involves a secret agency to deal with what might...

First Draft Of Emancipation Proclamation Goes On Display

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.22.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Issued 150 years ago this week, President Abraham Lincoln's initial proclamation that he would free the South's slaves is enjoying ...

Lee Speigel

UFO Secrets To Be Revealed At National Atomic Testing Museum | Lee Speigel | Posted 10.12.2012 | Weird News

Four retired Army and Air Force colonels and a former British Ministry of Defense investigator join forces this weekend at the National Atomic Testing...

Neil Armstrong's Space Suit Gloves On Display

AP | Posted 09.05.2012 | DC

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Neil Armstrong's space suit gloves and visor worn during his historic first walk on the moon are going on temporary display at the S...

Would Obama's Budget Love Artists As Much As They Love Him?

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.31.2012 | Arts

Yesterday the Huffington Post explored Mitt Romney's plan to gut federal arts funding, as part of our Shadow Convention feature. Here's our breakdown ...

Smithsonian Picks Colorado Paleontologist To Lead Museum

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 09.25.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — A paleontologist who undertook a major excavation of ice age fossils of mammoths and mastodons in Colorado was named the next direc...

'Godfather Of Go-Go' Getting National Mall Tribute

AP | Posted 07.05.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is adding a daylong tribute to the "godfather of go-go" music, Chuck Brown, to its schedule for the we...

Man Who Created The Windsurfer Dies

The New York Times | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile and in his spare time created the Windsurf...

Prehistoric Insects Were HOW Big?

| Posted 06.05.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/04/2012 03:13 PM EDT on LiveScience Millions of years ago, oversized insects like gri...

Astronauts I Almost Met -- Attending the 2012 International Space Development Conference

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 08.04.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

Last weekend, something very unusual happened -- I found myself in the right place at the right time. That was because the National Space Society was holding its 2012 International Space Development Conference right here in Washington, D.C., just a week after I'd moved in for my Congressional internship.

LOOK: Space Shuttle To Fly Low Over Nation's Capital

Posted 04.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, be sure to look up for a rare and wonderful air show. The Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to fly over landmarks in th...

Smithsonian's New Exhibit Focuses On Immigration

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American histo...

Portrait Gallery Opens Civil War Portraits

AP | Posted 03.30.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is opening two new exhibits that retrace the history of the Civil War, including a display o...

WATCH: 'SONG 1' Opens At The Hirshhorn, 'The Bubble' Gets Its Name

Posted 03.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Multimedia artist Doug Aitken's "SONG 1" was officially inaugurated on Thursday night literally wrapping the Hirshhorn Museum in moving ...

LOOK: Museum Exterior Wrapped In Hi-Def Video Images

Posted 03.22.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Multimedia artist Doug Aitken's "SONG 1" will literally wrap the Hirshhorn Museum in moving images beginning Thursday night. The art...

Now Open At SAAM : 'Art of Video Games'

The Huffington Post | Megan Arellano | Posted 03.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "It's not only one of the most expressive art forms we have," said Chris Melissinos, curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's ne...

Video Games Redefined As An Art Form

Posted 03.15.2012 | Arts

When we typically think of video games we often envision a few teenage boys screaming at the TV amid a cloud of testosterone and the scent of recently...