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'Mad Men' memorabilia auction: 13 fun home decor picks

Although many of the iconic props from 'Mad Men' have already been donated to the Smithsonian, there are many items - more than 1,500, to be exact - left to stock an online auction beginning Friday.

New Video: Creating a 3D Model of the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution; Access 3D Model Online

A new background video from the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office. The 3D model of the 1903 Wright Flyer (seen in the video) can be accessed and manipulated here. About the Video Learn how 3D technologies were used to digitally document the 1903 Wight Flyer in amazing detail for education, outreach, and research See Also: […]

A Religious Mystery Is Found Buried At Jamestown

A team of Smithsonian researchers has been studying the remains of four men discovered in Jamestown, Virginia, the site of England’s first successful colony. Two years of forensic detective work revealed their probable identities — but the biggest mystery is a sealed silver box found in one of the graves. More »      

How The Smithsonian Used Kickstarter To Save Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

21 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The platform allows government institutions,museums and other philanthropic projects to reach a global audience of donors who can give a small amount to support big, historic projects that otherwise might not get the money needed to go forward.”

Smithsonian identifies 400-year-old remains as leaders of Jamestown colony

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World’s first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday. The research also provided new insight into life and...

Smithsonian Institution reveals identities of four lost leaders of Jamestown

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Archaeologists said Tuesday they have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown. It took years for scientists to identify the poorly preserved bones belonging to an Anglican priest and three military officials. Show More Summary

Maybe he’s unhappy that a traveling exhibit is more informative than his whole “museum”

2 days agoAcademics : Pharyngula

The Smithsonian has a traveling exhibit based on the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins. It’s going to be put up at libraries all across the country (but nowhere in Minnesota!), so lots of people will get a look at some of the evidence for human evolution. Can you guess who is not happy…

Help Preserve Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit With This Smithsonian Institute Kickstarter

4 days agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

The Smithsonian Institute recently kicked up a Kickstarter asking for money to help preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

Crowdfunders raise $500K to preserve moon space suit

But Smithsonian Institution has increased goal, will use money to preserve 2nd space suit.        

Ira Glass asks. We answer.

The celebrated radio quiz show star says: There’s this study done by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian Magazine... they called up one thousand and one Americans. I do not understand why it is a thousand and one rather than just a thousand. Show More Summary

Hadrien Viraben awarded the 2015 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded Hadrien Viraben the 2015 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize. Viraben?s prize-winning essay, ?Achille Segard Interviews Mary Cassatt: A Living Master of Impressionism,...Show More Summary

Smithsonian Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

On Monday, the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Smithsonian launched its first crowdfunding campaign they’re calling “Reboot the Suit” to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit that he wore on the moon. Show More Summary

On creepy dolls: Smithsonian investigates

What makes dolls creepy? The Smithsonian has a good essay exploring the many ways. From Little Talky Tina to Hoffmann's "The Sandman", reborn dolls to Chucky, uncanny valley to Barbie, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie does a fine job. (via MetaFilter)

The Smithsonian Is Finally Getting Crowdfunding Right

On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and bumpy one. Read more...

Public divided over Smithsonian's Cosby art

As the Smithsonian Institution continues to stand behind an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection, the public has begun weighing in and appears to be sharply divided over the display, based on dozens of emails and comments left at the museum.        

Eye Candy for Today; Harry Fenn ink drawing

Present Aspect of Gaines’s Mill, Looking East; Harry Fenn Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Clear observation and crisp, textural rendering give Fenn’s drawing of a brick-walled mill and nearby wooden houses a tactile sense of presence and […]

National Portrait Gallery announces first-ever American Portrait Gala

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s National Portrait Gallery will hold its inaugural American Portrait Gala Sunday, Nov. 15. The event will honor individuals whose portraits are in the museum?s collection because of their exemplary achievements: TheShow More Summary

Listen to the Resurrected Voice of Alexander Graham Bell

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

WASHINGTON, DC — Out of patent litigation paranoia, inventor Alexander Graham Bell donated copies of his devices and sound recordings directly to the Smithsonian.

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