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Sports Science: Football

12 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The fourth Thursday in November is the perfect time to spend time with family, eat some home-cooked comfort food, and watch grown men throw around an inflated pig bladder. That’s right, folks; the world’s first American football was actually an … Continue reading ?

Eye Wonder: Ten Years of Blogging at SAAM

12 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Ten years ago, November 29, 2005 to be exact, SAAM launched Eye Level, the first museum blog at the Smithsonian. It's given us the ability to tell stories and show people the museum from the inside out.

Reflections: Moving Forward

We rarely take time to deeply reflect on our own museum experiences. In this post, 2015 mentee Susan Fohr of the Textile Museum of Canada shares the impact of an exhibition in Western Canada. Her reflections are a great reminder of both...Show More Summary

From HMNS to Your Family…

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Holiday Hours: The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be open for extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. over the weekend. Regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume … Continue reading ?

The (Real) First Thanksgiving: the Wampanoag Perspective

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Most of us know the story. Seeking a place to establish a Puritan church, the Pilgrims arrive on the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock in 1620 and have a hard winter, so the Indians teach them how to grow their own … Continue reading ?

In This Case: Luis Jiménez's Model for "Fiesta"

5 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In redefining the myth we're really redefining ourselves... Luis Jiménez,Texas Monthly, September 1998 The Luce Center is filled with all kinds of treasures and Model for "Fiesta" by Mexican-American artist Luis Jiménez is no exception. The General Services Administration (GSA)...

Staff Picks: Best of the Cockrell Butterfly Center

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Cockrell Butterfly Center (CBC) is most well known for its free-flying butterflies inhabiting a three-story indoor rainforest. But there are many other cool things to see and experience at the CBC! We checked with staff members and asked them … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 11/23-11/29

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Out of the Amazon: Life on the RiverTuesday, Nov. 246:00 p.m. … Continue reading ?

Being Natural: Tina Petway

When Tina Petway, Associate Curator of Malacology, retired as a schoolteacher in 1999, she finally embarked on fulfilling her dream since she was 12 years old. Growing up, Petway was frustrated by the lack of resources for young women interested … Continue reading ?

Holiday How-to: Chocolate Leaves

My mom was a chemistry and home-ec teacher, so I grew up in a home where ingredients were carefully measured and food items were attractively arranged. While I got to help out in the kitchen as much as I wanted, … Continue reading ?

Light Up Your Holiday at Jingle Tree in Sugar Land!

Through the doors of the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, you usually see the towering display of a Tyrannosaurus rex. But these past few weeks, that sight has been amplified in the twinkling light of custom-decorated holiday … Continue reading ?

Luce Artist Talk with Britney Mongold

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Saturday, November 21, local theater prop designer Britney Mongold will visit the Luce Foundation Center to explain her career's trajectory in the latest installment of our Luce Artist Talk series. As a set and prop designer, Mongold works with several theaters across Washington, D.C., including Cultural D.C.'s Source Festival.

We are the Change: Mentorship Round 4

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama The winds of change are blowing through museums this year, heading us down uncertain paths, both exhilarating and sometimes scary. Show More Summary

How's Your Audience Feeling? Here's One Answer

This past week, I was in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, beginning a new project for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. They've opened a new headquarters with dedicated space in the lobby area for a history exhibition. Show More Summary

OdysseyWorks: An Empathy-Based Approach to Making Art

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

The quest for relevance begins with knowing your audience. Who are the people with whom you want to connect? What are their dreams, their impressions, their turn-offs, their fears?Ultimately, any approach to answering these questions is limited at some point by the size of the audience involved. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 11/16-11/22

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Film Screening – The Northern Lights: Nature’s Spectacle with Pal BrekkeMonday, Nov. 167:00 p.m.Imagine … Continue reading ?

Renwick Gallery: The United States of WONDER

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

After extensive renovations to the galleries and behind-the-scenes mechanicals, the Renwick Gallery of Art reopens to the public today with WONDER.

Ecoteens build model artifacts for Block Party, opening soon

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by John Pederson and Marce Stayer The Aztecs, one of the greatest Mesoamerican cultures, had all the hallmarks of an advanced civilization. One of their most famous structures, the Templo Mayor, graces the Aztec portion of the John P. McGovern … Continue reading ?

SAAM's Symposium Charts American Art’s “Shifting Terrain”

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On October 16th-17th, over two hundred international participants gathered at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the symposium "Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History," to reflect upon the increasing globalization of American art history during the past decade and how this affects research on art practice here.

A Symbol of Culture: Francs Guinéens Paint a Picture of Life in Guinea

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Kaylee Gund During a recent visit to the Museum’s offsite collections storage, one carving in particular caught my eye — the Nimba (D’mba). After living in Guinea for over a year, I immediately honed in on the familiar polished … Continue reading ?

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