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

Travelzoo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel

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 | Home
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 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

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

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.

Dave Jamieson

Furloughed Workers On Congress Still Getting Paid: 'That Sucks' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chris Romine walked out of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Tuesday morning with a furlough notice in his hand. For ...

Jason Cherkis

Major Timeout: Exclusive Child Care Facility Would Close In Shutdown | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be Romper Room inside the halls of Congress. But some kids attending actual day care in Washington are the ones about to be punis...

The Government Might Shut Down, But Your Social Life Doesn't Have To

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- If the federal government shuts down at midnight, it's not just federal workers who will feel the effects. Tourists visiting Washington,...

Government Shutdown Would Have Serious Impact Right Away On Some

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Mail would be delivered. Social...

Miss Piggy's Big Honor

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.24.2013 | TV

WASHINGTON — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and B...

The Story Of The Shards Of Stained Glass From 16th Street Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old ...

Remembering Marvette Pérez, Curator

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 09.04.2013 | Latino Voices
Gina Athena Ulysse

Marvette Pérez Garcia left a body of work that will not only be treasured for its significance, but also a legacy that promises to have continuous impact.

What's New Under Tonatiuh?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian Institution, driven by rapidly developing technologies, shifting demographics and changing cultural participation patterns, is looking for innovative and even ingenious ways to do its work through the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards.

Wheelchair User Sues Smithsonian

ARTINFO | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts

The Smithsonian is facing legal action from two brothers who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the institution in federal court last Thursday, th...

This Is What Happens When You Mistake A Trash Can For An Art Installation

Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts

Ah, the age old question that remains unanswered: "What is art?" Buried in years of shallow YouTube videos, this 2010 prank quest for truth examines t...