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National Museum of African American History and Culture Scheduled to Open Sept. 24

The long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on Sept. 24 in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Institution announced on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

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A perfect announcement for Black History Month:The Smithsonian Institution will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 24 in Washington.Smithsonian chief spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said Monday that President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. Show More Summary

A Joyful Giant Panda Gleefully Rolls Around in the Snow at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington D.C.

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

An absolutely adorable giant panda named Tian Tian, who lives at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, had himself the time of his life, gleefully rolling around and trying to completely cover himself in the snow that dumped itself over Washington, D.C. and much of the east coast of the United States. Male […]

Smithsonian botanist discovers new ground-flowering plant in Panama

Rattlesnake, zebra and peacock plants have a new wild relative, discovered by Rodolfo Flores, Panamanian botanist and intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Helen Kennedy, herbarium research associate at the University...Show More Summary

Smithsonian donor David Rubenstein gives $10 million to African American museum

Smithsonian Regent David Rubenstein has donated $10 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, one of the largest gifts made to the institution that is expected to open in September. Rubenstein, who is co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, has now contributed $44.7 million to the Smithsonian. The gift – […]

Poor James Smithson’s Restless Corpse

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

The picture above is of William Henry Bishop, US Consul in Genoa Italy in 1904, holding the skull of James Smithson. Smithson was the English scientist whose fortune was beaqueathed to the US to found the Smithsonian Institution. We posted about that bequest last year. Show More Summary

The Statue Of Liberty 'Based On A Muslim Woman'

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

The Statue of Liberty was originally conceived of as being a peasant Muslim woman in traditional Islamic dress, according to the Smithsonian Institution's magazine. She would have stood guard over the Suez Canal in Egypt instead of New...Show More Summary

SMITHSONIAN: STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS ORIGINALLY A MUSLIM WOMAN: The Statue of Liberty was ori…

SMITHSONIAN: STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS ORIGINALLY A MUSLIM WOMAN: The Statue of Liberty was originally designed to be a Muslim woman, the Smithsonian Institution’s magazine says. An article on the government-administered museum’s blog, Smart News, claims one of the designers of Lady Liberty drew inspiration from monuments in Egypt and originally intended to construct a […]

The KKK's Failed Comeback

Jon Grinspan is an associate curator and Jefferson Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. His book examining young men and women’s role in American democracy will be out in April 2016. He wrote this for What It Means to Be American, a partnership of the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square. Show More Summary

Horns and body of Nola, rhino who died at Safari Park, to be preserved at Smithsonian

 The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola's death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world - all in...

Horns and body of Nola, rhino who died at Safari Park, to be preserved at Smithsonian

2 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

 The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola's death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world - all in...

Surreal Photos of Contemporary Museum Visitors Interacting with the Ghosts of Art History

In the Night at the Museum film series, a security guard discovers that the artifacts on display come alive at night. Stories about ghosts and haunted exhibitions populate our urban legends, with the Smithsonian Institution and Merchant’s House Museum being two paranormal examples. Show More Summary

The Mexican Museum celebrates 40th anniversary with special exhibition of founder's work

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Mexican Museum, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American, and Latino art, culture and heritage, and affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is marking its 40th Anniversary with a special...Show More Summary

Fred Armisen loved Trump on ‘SNL'; Sen. Al Franken won’t be hosting the show anytime soon

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) hobnobbing with fellow “Saturday Night Live” alum Fred Armisen and “Orange is the New Black” star Natasha Lyonne is a scene so Washington that it can only be found in a Smithsonian institution. Smithsonian magazine held its American Ingenuity Awards “to celebrate the greatest innovators in America today” Thursday night in […]

Myriam Springuel named Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

Myriam Springuel has been named director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), effective immediately. Springuel has served as acting director of SITES since February 2014. Springuel brings more than 30 years of experience in museum management and a deep knowledge of the museum field to the position. Show More Summary

Newly discovered fossil sea urchin is the oldest of its kind

Researchers have uncovered a fossil sea urchin that pushes back a fork in its family tree by 10 million years, according to a new study. A team from USC found the Eotiaris guadalupensis in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution...Show More Summary

First Transgender Person Featured in National Portrait Gallery's Collection

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Out.com

Pictured: Sylvia Rivera (with Christina Hayworth and Julia Murray) by Luis Carle, gelatin silver print, 2000. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the support of the Latino Initiatives...Show More Summary

Sylvia Rivera Gets a Place in the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution got a little more diverse this month, adding its first portrait of a transgender American — Stonewall participant and pioneering activist Sylvia Rivera. “At the National Portrait...Show More Summary

David Skorton installed as 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian in ceremony held in Arts and Industries Building

4 months agoArts : Artdaily

David J. Skorton was installed as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution during a ceremony held today Monday, Oct. 19, at the Smithsonian?s Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall. The Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr.,Show More Summary

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