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After Long Journey, Rare Dino Fossil Reaches New Home

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.15.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian ...

César Chávez: An American Legend Remembered

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Despite Chávez's concerted efforts, estrangement occurs, but one, especially a father of grown children like me, is left hopeful, and a tearful mess, when we see the son reading a thoughtful and soulful letter of amends from his hero father.

John Coltrane's Saxophone Joins Smithsonian Jazz Collection

AP | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of John Coltrane's tenor saxophones is joining the jazz collection at the Smithsonian. Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane, will do...

Pictures of Chernobyl Prove It's Still Haunting, Nearly 30 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel

After last month's tasteless Top Gear episode with a Chernobyl challenge and a recent Smithsonian article about forests around Chernobyl not decaying ...

Finally, Indian-Americans Get The Exposure They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts

One in 100 Americans trace their roots to India, though you wouldn't know it to look at the nation's museums. According to Smithsonian curator Masum M...

First Turbaned Sikh NCAA Basketball Player Honored At Smithsonian

Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion

On Thursday the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center opened its "Beyond Bollywood' exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in Washingto...

New Initiatives to Expand Opportunity for AAPIs and Our First National Community Google+ Hangout

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Last week, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held our first National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout. With the theme "Expanding Opportunity for AAPIs," we launched several efforts to better connect the AAPI community with the federal government.

Smithsonian Receives Approval For New Black History Museum Design

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal arts panel has given final approval for designs and materials to build a bronze color corona as the defining element of ...

You'll Never Guess Where Wendy Williams Is Headed

AP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk-show host Wendy Williams is giving part of her diva act to the Smithsonian to be part of a growing collection of items from d...

Smithsonian Officially Investigates What It Means To Be 'Cool'

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flashback to a 1940s jazz club. A saxophonist performs on stage wearing his sunglasses at night. "I'm cool," he says, relaxed in t...

The Best Way to Visit the Smithsonian in D.C.

Travelzoo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

The world's largest museum complex, it's also the most-visited, welcoming tens of millions of guests per year. Here are a few tips to help navigate your way through the marble halls of the Smithsonian.

First Voice, Our Voice...

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As a Chicano, I love DC, but I do miss living in cities that are predominantly Latino, where art critics and aficionados alike are in closer proximity to the Latino experience and, by virtue, usually better informed, if only by osmosis.

Yoga at the Smithsonian

Philip Goldberg | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Philip Goldberg

Mounted at the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery, the show's stated purpose is to "illuminate yoga's central tenets as well as its obscured histories."

How Yoga And Meditation Can Supercharge Your Health

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

With the benefits of holistic health and mindfulness practices finally starting to be recognized by mainstream medical institutions across the country...

Star-Spangled Banner, Song To Be Joined In D.C.

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The original, handwritten manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the flag that inspired the song's lyrics will be displayed ...

The Last One of a Kind

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Sarah O'Leary

Recently I discovered that the 8-foot tall turn of the century wooden playground slide in the middle of my living room might be the last one like it o...

A Fourth Dimension: The Price Of Admission

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 11.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Amanda Gutterman

When I went to the Met as a Columbia undergraduate, I skirted around the fee since the college had bought membership for its students. As an art lover, I am now happy to pay for my visits -- I would hate for the Met to crumble like the beloved New York City Opera -- but I'm not sure everyone is.

Latinos in Atypical Destinations

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Annually, as the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month dawns, I field around 10 requests to speak on a variety of Latino cultural topics, to groups representing government, business, public policy and education. As I was reviewing this year's requests, one in particular stood out.

Mr. President: Share The Armenian Orphan Carpet With The American People

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Keith David Watenpaugh

More than just evidence of genocide, the carpet is a symbol of the immense generosity that the American people once demonstrated to the children of the Middle East. It is a superb work of art and a poignant reminder of a time when the relationship between America and the Middle East was much different from today and built around education, humanitarian relief and cooperation.

LOOK: Smithsonian Showcases Hispanic Artists In New 'Our America' Exhibit

AP | LUIS ALONSO LUGO | Posted 10.28.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institute's American Art Museum is exhibiting works by 72 U.S. Hispanic artists, hoping to showcase ...

Behold, The First Art Exhibit On Yoga

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Yoga is moving from the studio mat to the museum gallery. The Smithsonian Institution has organized what curators b...

Stunning Images Of Yoga Over The Last 2,000 Years

Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion

The 'Yoga: The Art of Transformation' exhibition at the Smithsonian Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will run from October 19th to January 26th. Its...

The National Zoo Becomes The Happiest Spot In Washington As It Reopens After The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

In a city bruised by the fierce partisan battles of the last few weeks, happiness abounded Friday as the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest Washing...

Greg Lucier, Unlocking DNA, Providing Hope

Carol Hoenig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carol Hoenig

It's amazing to think that 2013 is already the 10th anniversary of the year researchers produced the first complete human genome sequence. What has me excited is that I cannot help but think we have only just scratched the surface.

What the Shutdown Says about D.C.'s Cultural Scene

Eli Lehrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Eli Lehrer

he shutdown this week, just about 18 years after the last federal closure, gives local residents a chance to get an idea of what the town might be like without the government here. And it's not all bad. A look at the landscape shows that D.C. is coming into its own as a cultural destination.