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Check This Out – Architecture for Our New Museum

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture  (NMAAHC) is scheduled to begin construction in 2012 and open in 2015. Meanwhile, a virtual museum is already open online.

In 2009, the Smithsonian began evaluating possible architects and selected the firm Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup to design the museum.

Now, a video taking you through the architecture, structure, and design of this innovative new museum is available for your viewing pleasure. Watch below and start counting the minutes until 2015, when you can experience it all live.

Did you know that we’re offering a trip to the Gullah Festival in Beaufort, SC? More information here.

What would you put in the new NMAACH?

What’s New in Mongolia

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Maybe you haven’t thought about Mongolia lately, but we’ve been keeping track of the news from the steppes.

Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Sunrise over a traditional Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang


  • Nomadic herders are embracing solar energy for their ger tents, helping in the fight against climate change.
  • British adventurer Ripley Davenport will walk 1700 miles across Mongolia, from east to west, starting in April 2010. His expedition will be the longest solo and unassisted walk ever attempted and will raise funds for UNICEF’s children’s programs.
  • Made in Mongolia, a line of handmade felt clothing, accessories, toys, and housewares, has launched  and grown with the assistance of the Irish government. MIM aims to allow Mongolian women and their communities greater self-sufficiency while preserving traditional crafting skills.


What intrigues you about Mongolia?

Smithsonian Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Mexican Hot Chocolate. Photo: Flickr user e.t.

The Smithsonian Institution is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, with more than twenty events — films, performances, talks, tours, and family programs. Here are some highlights:

From Smithsonian Magazine: Harlem Transformed - The Photos of Camilo José Vergara.

From the Folks at the Food and Think Blog: A Brief History of Chocolate, replete with Video!

If You’re Not a Local: Check out Hispanic Heritage Month events in other cities.

But if You’re in Town: Please join us in celebration!

If you want to know more: Click here for more information and a complete schedule of programming.

Behind the Scenes of Our Newest Exhibits

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Here at the Smithsonian Institution, discoveries of bones aren’t unusual. Sometimes they turn up where expected, at old cemeteries or burial sites. Other times they pop up in unusual places, as many graves end up unmarked after the passage of time. In 2005, Smithsonian forensic anthropologists recovered the bones of several early colonists from Jamestown, the first settlement in early 17th century Chesapeake. What they found at James Fort shed new light on the difficult lives of the earliest European settlers. Today, their findings are on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in our Written in Bone exhibit.

Skulls on display at the National Museum of Natural History. Photo: Betsy Brand

Skulls on display at the National Museum of Natural History. Photo: Betsy Brand

See the exhibit for yourselves on our Celebrate Smithsonian tour, September 9-12. Enjoy unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to our collections and talk with the curators of Written in Bone.

Now Showing: Night at the Museum

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian opens today at theaters nationwide. We’re showing it right here at the Institution, in our IMAX theaters, too. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the movie set with National Air and Space Museum curator Dr. Margaret Weitekamp and our own Smithsonian Channel’s Andrea Michnik.

Kamunrah's Treasure Trove, capped by Archie Bunker's "throne." Photo: Leah Ibraheem

Kamunrah's Treasure Trove. Photo: Leah Ibraheem

Kamunrah’s Treasure Trove is on display in the Smithsonian Castle, so make sure to stop by if you’re in the area. Don’t forget to check out our interactive treasure map to check out your favorite items from the movie.

And, if you’re looking for something to spice up your summer vacation, join us Jul 24-26 for a movie-inspired Family Weekend in Washington, DC. Hope to see you here!