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Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module

The Smithsonian’s 3D model of the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia is complete and ready to explore with a click of a mouse. The incredibly close quarters were home to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins during the first manned lunar landing voyage from the launch of the Saturn V rocket on July 16th, [...]

Native American Women: c.1895

I sent a copy of this to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to find out if they could identify what tribe they may be from. The reply I received reads: “There are not enough distinctive articles to make a positive tribal identification. Show More Summary

Ants Domesticated Fungus for Farming 60 to 55 Million Years ago During the Paleogene

A group of South American ants has farmed fungi since shortly after the dinosaurs died out, according to an international research team including Smithsonian scientists. The genes of the ant farmers and their fungal crops reveal a surprisingly ancient history of mutual adaptations. Show More Summary

Power Outage In SW Temporarily Closes Some Smithsonian Museums

You're gonna have to find air conditioning somewhere else. [ more › ]

Smithsonian’s Senior Historian Asks ‘Should We Hate Poetry?’

The conversation surrounding Ben Lerner’s new book Hatred of Poetry has reached the SmithsonianSmithsonian Magazine, that is. The institution’s Senior Historian, David C. Ward, remarks that while the collection begins with “certitude...Show More Summary

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 gloves and helmet on display at Smithsonian

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

In commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing, the National Air and Space Museum will display Neil Armstrong?s lunar extravehicular gloves and helmet for the first time since 2012. The artifacts recently underwent conservation as part of the successful ?Reboot the Suit? Kickstarter campaign conducted in summer 2015. Show More Summary

Smithsonian American Art Museum acquires artworks by Janet Echelman, Maya Lin and Leo Villareal

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that it has acquired three artworks from its popular exhibition ?WONDER???1.8 Renwick? (2015) by Janet Echelman, ?Folding the Chesapeake? (2015) by Maya Lin and ?Volume (Renwick)? (2015) by Leo Villareal. Show More Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Read (Smithsonian Magazine)

At this point, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has spent more of his life as a best-selling author than a pro-basketball player. But for Abdul-Jabbar, who still holds the NBA’s career scoring record, the second act as a writer isn’t so much something new as the continuation of an inquisitiveness that preceded his status as living sports legend.

Smithsonian launches online Apollo 11 high-res 3D spacecraft model for moon landing's 47th anniversary

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

If you're looking for a way to commemorate the 47th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place this day in 1969? You could go to the National Air and Space Museum in DC (highly recommended!), where you can view the "Columbia" spacecraft that carried astronauts to the moon. Show More Summary

After the age of dinosaurs came the age of ant farmers

A group of South American ants has farmed fungi since shortly after the dinosaurs died out, according to an international research team including Smithsonian scientists. The genes of the ant farmers and their fungal crops reveal a surprisingly ancient history of mutual adaptations. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Steps In to Preserve Gaming's History...Again.

The true historical value of just about anything is commonly lost on most people. That's often why most historical treasures are valuable: sheer scarcity. If you'd asked the average citizen in the 1850s, for example, if they'd rather...Show More Summary

Smithsonian gathers African-American racing artifacts

Leonard Miller poses with Benny Scott’s Formula Vee Lola, circa 1974. Images courtesy Historic Vehicle Association. The Smithsonian Institution is in the process of collecting exhibits for its new National Museum of African-American History and Culture that opens in September in Washington, D.C. A lot of research and just plain looking has yielded some artifacts […]

Relics from Slave Ship to be Displayed in Smithsonian’s African American History Mueum 

As the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continues to prepare for its grand opening in September, so does the collection that museum curators are pulling together to display for guests. The latest acquisition, according to WJLA, are iron ballasts recovered from a Portuguese slave ship that sank in the 1790s off […]

Pokémon Go: Games, Art, and Open Spaces at the Museum

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Shortly after its release, colleagues began playing Pokémon Go —an augmented reality game that has captured the imagination of the entire internet. Museum visitors were doing the same. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, new games are often received with more enthusiasm than might be expected of an art museum. Show More Summary

Michael Joo investigates intersection of science, nature and human intervention at the Sackler Gallery

last weekArts : Artdaily

An installation by Korean American artist Michael Joo (b. 1966, Ithaca, N.Y.) is being exhibited in the Smithsonian?s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Pavilion this year as part of the museum?s ?Perspectives? contemporary art series. ?Perspectives: Michael Joo,? on view July 2, 2016?July 9, 2017, explores the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes. Show More Summary

Smithsonian African American museum debuts new website

The National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a revamped website Monday, offering information about the opening ceremonies in September, extended stories about pieces in the collection and details about making a contribution. Visitors to can read about the opening ceremony Sept. 24 as well as the three-day “Freedom Sounds: A Community […]

National Mall, Smithsonian, More Look To Get In On Pokemon Go Craze

National Mall is already promising ranger-led Pokemon hunts. [ more › ]

Installation by artist Walter McConnell features a profusion of porcelain at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

American sculptor Walter McConnell explores the West?s near-fanatical fascination with blue-and-white Chinese porcelain from the 1870s through today in the installation ?Chinamania.? On view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from July 9 through June 4, 2017, it complements ?Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterson?s Filthy Lucre,? currently on view. Show More Summary

"Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall" reopens at Smithsonian

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

The National Air and Space Museum reopened the ?Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall? July 1 in conjunction with the museum?s 40th anniversary. The two-year renovation of the hall was made possible by a gift from Boeing. Several of the museum?s most iconic artifacts remain on view, and new ones have been added. Show More Summary

One Step Closer to Turning Plastic Into Fuel

Emily Matcher, Smithsonian: Plastic. The world produces some 300 tons of it each year. But when we're finished with our milk cartons, shopping bags and electronics packaging, most is simply thrown away -- the U.S. only recycles about 9 percent of post-consumer plastics. Show More Summary

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