Electric cars at Snug Rock, Yonkers, New York circa 1900. Photo from the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, courtesy of Automobile Driving Museum. Electric cars, it seems, are all the rage these days, with an increasing number of automakers offering battery or generator-powered models in their lineups. Given the recent resurgence of interest in electric […]
Thanks to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's 19th-century roots and the Hewitt sisters' collection, the institution has strong holdings in that era's decorative arts. This month, the New York museum announced that its 20th-century collections were strengthened with a considerable gift from George R. Kravis II.
“Museum officials on Tuesday offered a sneak peek at the 400,000-square-foot museum, the 19th of the Smithsonian Institution, that’s next to the Washington Monument. President Obama is expected to cut the ribbon on the dramatic space, which features layers of galleries focused on slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement as well as music, entertainment, […]
During a Smithsonian Institute event, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo let it slip that Captain Marvel will be in the movie.
The Smithsonian Institution’s whale and small cetacean warehouses hold the largest collection of marine mammal specimens in the world.
The winners will be honored at a gala dinner in October Break out your party hats: Earlier today, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's director, Caroline Baumann, announced the 2016 winners of the institution's National Design Awards. Show More Summary
image credit Smithsonian Institution Archives A 19th century prank, sprung by John James Audubon on another naturalist, was so extensive and so well executed that its full scope is only now coming to light.The prank began when the French naturalist Constantine Rafinesque sought on Audubon on a journey down the Ohio River in 1818. Show More Summary
Photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s studio says the Smithsonian Institution violated copyright of her 1993 portrait of Prince last week by distributing the image to the media without permission. The musician died April 21, and the following...Show More Summary
A page from Rafinesque's field notebook. (Image: Smithsonian Institution Archives/SIA2012-6095) Pranks are meant to be discovered—what’s the point in fooling someone if they never notice they’ve been fooled? But one 19th century prank,...Show More Summary
The National Museum of Natural History, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, has a huge exhibit space in Washington, DC. However, what’s on display is only about 1% of what they have. The rest is in storage, carefully curated, and sometimes rotated into display. Show More Summary
Smithsonian London? “Not So Fast!” Says Secretary Skorton Notwithstanding the fact that its founding donor was British, the Smithsonian Institution’s proposed London outpost, conceived before the institution’s current head, David Skorton,...Show More Summary
In one of the most ill-advised celebrations of Star Trek's fiftieth anniversary, the Smithsonian Institution recklessly risked ecological catastrophe a few days ago, by launching a tribble breeding program! Aware of the potential for...Show More Summary
Appearing at his first Congressional budget hearing, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton said the National Air and Space Museum will need $600 million over five years to repair its faulty facade and mechanical systems. Skorton appeared before a House subcommittee to ask for $922.2 million for the Smithsonian’s 2017 budget, an increase of almost 10 […]
An exhibit created by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, drew a negative response from some members of the public after being displayed at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. So much it has been closed temporarily to be reworked. The Heritage Center is North Dakota’s...
On February 20, “La Princesa”(the princess) and “El Lagarto”(the alligator), two pre-Columbian statues from Nicaragua’s Zapatera Island, returned to Nicaraguan custody after 85 years with the Smithsonian Institution.
New Haven, Conn. - Researchers at Yale and the Smithsonian Institution say it's time to settle a very old food fight. In a study published March 18 in the journal Ecology and Evolution, authors Matt Davis and Silvia Pineda-Munoz argue that scientists need to focus as much on "when" animals eat as they do "what" animals eat. Show More Summary
A team of scientists including a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) research associate announced the discovery of a new species of pale-gold colored frog from the cloud forests of the high Andes in Colombia. Its name, Pristimantis...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON, DC -- In commemoration of the ground-breaking exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery honoring civil rights leaders and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, the nation's poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read newly-commissioned poems focusing on the life and work of the iconic labor leader. Show More Summary
image credit: Smithsonian Institution 29 vintage photos showing the nearly 100-year-old history of U.S airmail service, beginning on May 15, 1918. The Presurfer
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Jiha Moon’s colorful mixed-media works are in the collections of the Asia Society in New York and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among other US institutions.