Hi-C Launches To Study Sun’s Corona
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Hi-C Launches To Study Sun’s Corona

NASA and its partners launched a rocket-borne camera to the edge of space at 2:54 p.m. EDT May 29, 2018, on its third flight to study the Sun. The clarity of images returned is unprecedented and their analysis will provide scientists around the world with clues to one of the …

National Museum of African American History and Culture Announces Walk-Up Weekdays in September
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Announces Walk-Up Weekdays in September

Following Walk-Up Wednesdays in April and May, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced Walk-Up Weekdays in September. Individuals may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday for the entire month of September. Timed-entry passes for individuals will only be required …

Celebrate Summer With Smithsonian “Solstice Saturday”
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Celebrate Summer With Smithsonian “Solstice Saturday”

The Smithsonian will celebrate the first Saturday of summer— “Solstice Saturday”—with free parties, programs and performances June 23. In addition to programs for adults and children, most Smithsonian museums will be open until midnight. Visitors who stay late can hear live music, drink champagne and explore museum exhibitions. “Solstice Saturday” …

National Portrait Gallery Remembers Robert F. Kennedy
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National Portrait Gallery Remembers Robert F. Kennedy

Version en español The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery celebrates the life and legacy of Robert (“Bobby”) Kennedy with a portrait created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1968, commissioned for the cover of Time magazine. The portrait will be on view beginning June 6 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the …

Press Preview for “Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen” at American Art Museum
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Press Preview for “Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen” at American Art Museum

Trevor Paglen is an award-winning artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world. “Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen” is the first exhibition to present Paglen’s early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects …

National Portrait Gallery Presents “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey”
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National Portrait Gallery Presents “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey”

Version en español The year 1968 was a time of revolutionary change in the United States. Americans across disciplines put forth new ways of thinking that overturned the status quo and influenced the events that transpired over those twelve months. Coincidentally, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery also opened to the …

Three Smithsonian Museums Present “America Now: Solstice Edition,” an After-Hours Celebration
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Three Smithsonian Museums Present “America Now: Solstice Edition,” an After-Hours Celebration

Museum visitors can revel in the extra hours of daylight and reflect on American unity with “America Now: Solstice Edition” on Saturday, June 23. This special evening of festivities is a three-museum collaboration between the National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Events begin …

Does Some Dark Matter Carry an Electric Charge?
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Does Some Dark Matter Carry an Electric Charge?

Astronomers have proposed a new model for the invisible material that makes up most of the matter in the Universe. They have studied whether a fraction of dark matter particles may have a tiny electrical charge. “You’ve heard of electric cars and e-books, but now we are talking about electric …

Extinct-in-the-Wild Bird Hatches at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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Extinct-in-the-Wild Bird Hatches at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

A female Guam kingfisher, a brightly colored bird and one of the most endangered bird species on the planet, hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., May 17. The Guam kingfisher is the most endangered species living at SCBI. There are about 140 Guam kingfishers …

Ancient “Sea Monsters” Reveal How the Ever-Changing Planet Shapes Life, Past and Present
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Ancient “Sea Monsters” Reveal How the Ever-Changing Planet Shapes Life, Past and Present

Never-Before-Seen Fossils From Angola Bring a Strange Yet Familiar Ocean Into View May 30, 2018 The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibition Nov. 9 revealing how millions of years ago, large-scale natural forces created the conditions for real-life sea monsters to thrive in the South …

Smithsonian Associates Presents June Program Highlights
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Smithsonian Associates Presents June Program Highlights

May 30, 2018 The June issue of the Smithsonian Associates’ program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs, including seminars, lectures, studio arts classes, performances for adults and children and local and regional study tours. Highlights this month include: Exploring Mars: What’s Next? Monday, June 4; 6:45 p.m. …

Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Launches Project With the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan
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Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Launches Project With the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

New Project Aims To Sustain Bhutanese Weaving Traditions May 29, 2018 The Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage (CFCH) and the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (RTA) have launched a three-year project to preserve and promote traditional textiles and sustain Bhutan’s hand loomed weaving traditions earlier this year. This project …

National Postal Museum Opens Alexander Hamilton Exhibition
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National Postal Museum Opens Alexander Hamilton Exhibition

Original Hamilton–Burr Dueling Pistols on Rare Public Display May 25, 2018 The original pistols used in the infamous 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum through June 24. They are featured in the exhibition “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon,” along …

Free Summer Events at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
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Free Summer Events at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Family Staycation Activities Abound at the Museum’s Virginia Location May 24, 2018 The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., will host family-friendly activities throughout the summer to meet every staycationer’s needs. Special themed events and family days are scheduled, including the popular “Innovations in …

Downtown Manhattan’s Premier Cultural Open-House Event ‘Night at the Museums’ Returns for Fifth Year
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Downtown Manhattan’s Premier Cultural Open-House Event ‘Night at the Museums’ Returns for Fifth Year

Evening Features Free Admission, Special Events at 14 Cultural Institutions May 23, 2018 To mark the fifth annual “Night at the Museums” Tuesday, June 19, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York will feature activities inspired by its newly opened imagiNATIONS Activity …

Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection of Japanese Photographs Acquired by Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler
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Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection of Japanese Photographs Acquired by Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler

Two Exhibitions Explore Modernity in Japan May 21, 2018 The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have acquired more than 400 photographs from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection, expanding dramatically the scope of the museums’ holdings in modern and contemporary Japanese works on paper. …

Press preview for “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” exhibition
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Press preview for “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” exhibition

Media only:  Jermaine House   (202) 633-9495 housej@si.edu Alex Fairchild (202) 633-0282  fairchilda@si.edu What:  Press preview for “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” exhibition Date:  Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 9:00am When:  Wednesday, June 6 7:30–9 a.m.:    Media check-in and continental breakfast 9-9:40 a.m.:     Remarks and Q&A 9:40 …

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Launches “She Can” STEM Summer Camp
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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Launches “She Can” STEM Summer Camp

Free Aviation-Focused Camp Aims To Engage Underrepresented Communities May 18, 2018 The National Air and Space Museum will launch the “She Can” two-week STEM summer camp this July and August at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The camp is designed for students with an interest in aviation …

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Presents “Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting” as Part of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary
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Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Presents “Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting” as Part of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary

May 17, 2018 Version en español The first commercially viable form of photography, daguerreotypes brought portraiture within reach of average Americans in the mid-1800s. Today, they are an essential part of the museum’s collection. “Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting” celebrates the Portrait Gallery’s tradition of collecting with this intimate exhibition …

Ruby Slippers Return to View at the Smithsonian Oct. 19
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Ruby Slippers Return to View at the Smithsonian Oct. 19

May 16, 2018 The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz return to view Oct. 19 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History after a year of research and conservation treatment following the museum’s successful Kickstarter campaign to #KeepThemRuby. The Ruby Slippers display is one of eight installations showcasing …

Smithsonian Exhibition Explores the History and Challenges of Fighting Infectious Diseases
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Smithsonian Exhibition Explores the History and Challenges of Fighting Infectious Diseases

“Outbreak” Opens May 18 May 16, 2018 This year, 2018, is the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza, a pandemic that took the lives of 50 to 100 million people—between 3 and 5 percent of the world’s population at that time. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will mark …

Photograph of the Late Tom Wolfe On View at the National Portrait Gallery
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Photograph of the Late Tom Wolfe On View at the National Portrait Gallery

May 16, 2018 Version en español The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of acclaimed journalist and author Tom Wolfe with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh. The portrait was installed this morning in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor, and it will remain on display through …

Smithsonian Science Supports Costa Rican Cetacean Conservation
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Smithsonian Science Supports Costa Rican Cetacean Conservation

Research Contributes to Maritime Safety and Cetacean Protection in Costa Rican Pacific May 15, 2018 The Directorate of Navigation and Safety at Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, with advice from Héctor M. Guzmán, marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, spearheaded legislation to establish …

Advisory: National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition
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Advisory: National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition

Media only:  Marty Emery  (202) 633-5518  emerym@si.edu   John Gibbons  (202) 633-5187  gibbonsjp@si.edu   What:  National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition; Original Hamilton–Burr Dueling Pistols on Rare Public Display Date:  Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 9:00am When:  Thursday, May 24 9 a.m.: Remarks and preview of exhibition (Press …

PBS’s Curious Traveler Host Christine van Blokland to Speak at Smithsonian
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PBS’s Curious Traveler Host Christine van Blokland to Speak at Smithsonian

May 14, 2018 Smithsonian Associates presents an evening with Emmy-winning host, writer and executive producer of PBS’s Curious Traveler, Christine van Blokland, Tuesday, June 19, at 6:45 p.m. in the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. At this exclusive event, van Blokland will suggest that visitors approach a new city exactly …

LGBTQ Publisher, Journalist and Pioneer Mark Segal Donates Collection to National Museum of American History
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LGBTQ Publisher, Journalist and Pioneer Mark Segal Donates Collection to National Museum of American History

Media only:  Valeska Hilbig (202) 633-3129 hilbigv@si.edu Laura Duff (202) 633-3129 duffl@si.edu What:  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will receive a donation of papers and objects from the personal collection of Mark Segal, publisher, activist, journalist, civil rights pioneer and national LGBTQ leader. Date:  Thursday, May 17, 2018 …

Nine Smithsonian Museums Received Works From the Corcoran Gallery of Art Trustees
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Nine Smithsonian Museums Received Works From the Corcoran Gallery of Art Trustees

Art Museums Collect Photos, Paintings and Sculptures May 14, 2018 Nine Smithsonian museums were among the art institutions in Washington to receive the collection that became available following the closure of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2014. The distribution of more than 10,000 works was announced May 14 by …

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Asks Public To Name Female Holstein Calf
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Smithsonian’s National Zoo Asks Public To Name Female Holstein Calf

May 11, 2018 The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is inviting the public to name the newest member of the Kids’ Farm herd—an 8-month-old female Holstein calf. Starting today, May 11, fans can vote on the Zoo’s website for their favorite among three floral names: Magnolia, Hyacinth and Daisy. Voting will close …

Big Fish Produce Disproportionately Bigger Eggs and More of Them
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Big Fish Produce Disproportionately Bigger Eggs and More of Them

A Big Deal for Fisheries May 10, 2018 What difference does it make whether an angler catches one big fish or two smaller fish, each half its weight? Experts assumed that big and small fish invest the same proportion of their energy to make eggs. But a new report in …

Susan Rather Awarded the 30th Annual Eldredge Prize for Her Book "The American School"
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Susan Rather Awarded the 30th Annual Eldredge Prize for Her Book “The American School”

May 9, 2018 The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art to Susan Rather for her book The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era (New Haven and London: Yale University Press for the …

Peter Betjemann Receives the 14th Annual Frost Essay Award for His Article on Robert S. Duncanson’s Literary Paintings
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Peter Betjemann Receives the 14th Annual Frost Essay Award for His Article on Robert S. Duncanson’s Literary Paintings

May 9, 2018 The editorial board of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s peer-reviewed journal for new scholarship, has awarded the 2017 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award to Peter Betjemann for his article “The Ends of Time: Abolition, Apocalypse, and Narrativity in Robert S. Duncanson’s Literary Paintings,” which …

Climate Change May Even Threaten One of the World’s Most Resilient Lizards
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Climate Change May Even Threaten One of the World’s Most Resilient Lizards

May 9, 2018 Sporting a bright red-and-yellow dewlap under its chin, the color-changing Bahamian anole lizard is a popular exotic pet. This wily anole has escaped captivity on enough occasions to successfully invade large areas across the Western Hemisphere. At first glance, this suggests that the anole is well-suited to …

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $1 Million Gift From AAR Corp., Its Chairman and Its Founder
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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $1 Million Gift From AAR Corp., Its Chairman and Its Founder

May 9, 2018 The National Air and Space Museum received a $1 million gift from AAR Corp., its chairman and CEO David P. Storch and the family of its founder Ira J. Eichner. The gift supports the construction of the new Design Hangar in the transformed “How Things Fly” exhibition …

National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition
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National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition

Original Hamilton–Burr Dueling Pistols on Rare Public Display May 9, 2018 The pistols used in the infamous 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr will be on display May 25 through June 24 at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. They are featured in the exhibition “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, …

National Portrait Gallery Presents a Portrait of Henrietta Lacks, a Co-Acquisition With the National Museum of African American History and Culture
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National Portrait Gallery Presents a Portrait of Henrietta Lacks, a Co-Acquisition With the National Museum of African American History and Culture

May 8, 2018 The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of Henrietta Lacks with the installation of a 2017 portrait by Kadir Nelson. The painting will be installed on the museum’s presentation wall on the first floor Tuesday, May 15. The portrait was jointly acquired by the National Portrait …

Cooper Hewitt Announces Winners of 2018 National Design Awards
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Cooper Hewitt Announces Winners of 2018 National Design Awards

Honorees to be Feted at Gala Ceremony Oct. 18 May 8, 2018 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces the winners of the 2018 National Design Awards, recognizing design excellence and innovation in 10 categories. Now in their 19th year, the annual awards promote design as a vital humanistic tool …

National Museum of African American History and Culture Hosts Metropolitan Police Department in New Training Program
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Hosts Metropolitan Police Department in New Training Program

May 4, 2018 The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, earlier this year, began welcoming Washington, D.C., police officers into the museum as part of a new training program created by the Metropolitan Police Department and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. The program, …

Press Preview for “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” at African Art Museum
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Press Preview for “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” at African Art Museum

Media only:  Eddie Burke    (202) 633-4660  burkee@si.edu What:  Press preview for “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” Date:  Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 9:30am When:  Tuesday, May 8 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Where:  Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. S.W.  Pavilion, ground …

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Has a Winner
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Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Has a Winner

Marc Anthony’s Portrait Wins People’s Choice Contest for Public Display May 2, 2018 Version en español The polls have closed, and the National Portrait Gallery will continue its 50th anniversary celebrations with the installation of a portrait of celebrity Marc Anthony on its “Recognize” wall. In April, the Portrait Gallery …

Smithsonian Associates Presents May Program Highlights
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Smithsonian Associates Presents May Program Highlights

May 1, 2018 The May issue of the Smithsonian Associates’ program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs, including seminars, lectures, studio arts classes, performances for adults and children and local and regional study tours. Highlights this month include: O Brothers: How Mark and Jay Duplass Conquered Hollywood …