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From Mariachi to Merengue: This Year's Folklife Festival

Friday, June 26th, 2009

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings three diverse cultural experiences to the National Mall: The music of Latino Culture, African American oral traditions, and the cultural heritage of the country of Wales.

This year, we’re proud to welcome back Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano, who have graced our stage in the past. Nati Cano, who leads the group, has been preserving traditional Mariachi music for more than forty years. Click below to enjoy one of their performances.

Need more Folklife? Click here for this year’s festival web site, which includes a schedule, biographies of participants, and useful information for visitors, as well as artist interviews, webcasts, video, and radio content.

Click here for more information on travel to Mexico with Smithsonian Journeys.

What’s your favorite type of music? Share below.

A Weekend Adventure for the Whole Family

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Now that the stars from the recent hit Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian have left to pursue their various upcoming projects, it’s your turn to spend a weekend at the Smithsonian. Join us for a Family Weekend here in Washington, D.C. to explore the treasures of the Smithsonian.

Below, check out the stars of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as they talk about the excitement of filming a movie at the museums of the Smithsonian Institution.

Video courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel.

Explore the Smithsonian from the Historic Hay-Adams Hotel

Monday, June 22nd, 2009
View from the rooftop terrace of the Hay-Adams Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Freddthompson.

View from the Hay-Adams roof. Photo: Flickr user Freddthompson.

Opened in 1928, the historic Hay-Adams Hotel is the featured hotel for this year’s Celebrate Smithsonian insider’s tour. The homes of John Hay and Henry Adams once stood where the hotel sits now. Its unparalleled views of the executive mansion have been enjoyed for decades by luminaries like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Ethel Barrymore.

The hotel was developed by D.C. real-estate magnate Harry Wardman, who is best known for the thousands of rowhouses he had built in the city, which popularized the use of a front porch. Wardman also built luxury apartment buildings in the Columbia Heights and 16th Street corridors, as well as the Wardman Park Hotel.

Exterior of the Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC.

After undergoing extensive renovations in 2001, the Hay Adams reopened to critical acclaim, as well-known for its service as its distinguished history and architecture. Recently, in January, 2009, the Obama family stayed at the Hay-Adams while preparing for the Inauguration.

Stay at the historic Hay-Adams and go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian. Click here to learn more about our Washington, D.C. weekend at the Smithsonian Institution.

Family Adventure at the Smithsonian

Friday, June 12th, 2009
The 1903 Wright Flyer changed aviation forever. Photo: National Air and Space Museum

The 1903 Wright Flyer changed aviation forever. Photo: National Air and Space Museum

Join Smithsonian Journeys on our special insider’s tour for families and see the setting of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian up close and personal. Click here for more information on our exclusive family weekend here at the Smithsonian Institution. Highlights include dinner with Amelia Earhart, an early-morning IMAX screening of the movie, and a museum treasure hunt. And, for your viewing pleasure, click here for the trailer.

Click here to read Smitshonian magazine articles about the making of the film, interviews, and more.

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.