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Wonder Women of STEM: Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut.

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get … Continue reading ?

What does Democracy look like at a Historic Site?

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit three different democratic institutions, two with long histories and one newcomer: the House of Commons in London, the European Parliament in Brussels, and the Bundestag in Berlin. When I went...Show More Summary

Finding the Right People to ASK

On the surface, it might seem that our Bloomberg Connects project is all about tech. After all, this particular Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative is specifically for...

Luce Artist Talk with Ben Tolman

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

What artworks in American Art's collection inspire you? As part of our Luce Local Art Series, local artists discuss their own work and how they connect to works in our Luce Foundation Center. This series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC. All talks begin at 1:30 p.m. Our next artist talk is by Ben Tolman this Sunday, February 22.

Educator How-To: Make a Balancing Dipsy!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

For those of you who have been going to HMNS for years, you may have noticed that we’ve been missing a rather large lady from our Hall of Paleontology. Our Diplodocus, “Dipsy”, was Houston’s first dinosaur unveiled in 1975 and … Continue reading ?

Data in the Museum: Experimenting on People or Improving Their Experience?

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Every few months, a major news outlet does an "expose" about data collection on museum visitors. These articles tend to portray museums as Big Brother, aggressively tracking visitors' actions and interests across their visit. Even as...Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/16-2/22

2 weeks 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 – Samurai: The Way Of The WarriorTuesday, February 176:00 p.m.Witness the exquisite … Continue reading ?

A Young Museum Fan Gives a Lecture on Energy

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

One of the hardest things in the world is trying to convince people that energy education and energy literacy is important. Energy and its use drive the global economy. There is a direct correlation between energy use and happiness. (And, … Continue reading ?

Spend Summer in Santa Cruz - or Just a Weekend - Exploring Community Engagement at the MAH

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Do you dream of a summer filled with learning, community engagement, and sea lions? Time to stop dreaming and start doing.This summer, we're offering some amazing museum internships, as well as MuseumCamp: a weekend-long professional development experience that is part retreat, part conference, part summer camp. Show More Summary

Valentine's Day Special: Five Questions with Smithsonian Gardens

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

We sure love Valentine's Day around here at American Art. On Friday, February 13th, we are hosting another SweetARTS and Valentines program where you can come to the museum all day to make handmade Valentines for loved ones (or for people you hardly know —we won't judge). This year, we have invited some of our friends at Smithsonian Gardens to join in the fun.

Meet the Mentees

It's hard to believe that it's taken me until mid-February to post about the two new colleagues selected for the 2015 mentor program--but nine cities in nine different countries have held me up (much more later on museums visited along the way). Show More Summary

Aspiring To Code Nirvana Through Tests

1 + 1 = 2? Obvious right? How about (2 + 2 x 4)^2? That’s a little more complicated but not so bad either. Over...

Tradition on Fire

We’ve transformed our Japanese painting gallery on the second floor into a contemporary ceramics gallery. This exhibition, titled Tradition on Fire, introduces works from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection. It includes twenty two works by twenty artists. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/9-2/15

3 weeks 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!   Valentine’s Sale at the Museum StoreGet $50 off your purchase of $200 or … Continue reading ?

Top 10 Tokens of Affection from the Museum Store for Valentine’s Day!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Can’t think of the perfect gift for your Valentine? We got you covered with 10 gift ideas for your sweetheart. # 10 — Kris Nations X And O Stud Earrings   # 9 — Kris Nations Heart And Arrow Stud Earrings   # 8 … Continue reading ?

Beyond #BeardGate – What else has happened to Tut?

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Museum displays, labels, and blogs provide an excellent way for us to look beyond the headlines and get to grips with the full picture. While the hubbub surrounding #beardgate has died down, I’ve kept thinking about it. In my last blog, … Continue reading ?

Wonder Women of STEM: Beatrice Alice Hicks, a woman ahead of her time

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post is the third in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get involved!  … Continue reading ?

The Realities of Installing iBeacon to Scale

Location aware technology as part of Bloomberg Connects is pretty vital.  We use it to tell the staff answering questions which gallery a visitor is standing...

Audience Demographics and the Census: Do We Have a Match?

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

When you look at this infographic, do you see a problem to be solved? A snapshot of the market for the arts? Or something else entirely?About five years ago, I sat in a planning meeting for a museum that was undergoing a major renovation. Show More Summary

Take the Richard Estes Challenge

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

At the museum, some of us have become a bit obsessed not only with the paintings of Richard Estes, but in locating his signature (or name, really) in each of his paintings. Estes usually signs his work, but often in ways that make it nearly impossible to discover.

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