Celebrate Smithsonian

Go behind-the-scenes for an insider's look at iconic Smithsonian artifacts, beloved American treasures, and state-of-the-art research facilities on this exclusive tour led by top curators and collections managers.

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 Washington, D.C. skyline at night  The Smithsonian Institution Building, affectionately known as "the Castle"  Early Eastern Airlines airplane in the Aviation Gallery of the National Air and Space Museum  Panorama of the Smithsonian Castle, museums, and the Enid A. Haupt Garden  Entrance to the Smithsonian American Art Museum  Aviation Gallery, National Air & Space Museum  Collections from Smithsonian's Museum Support Center  National Museum of American History. Credit: Smithsonian  The Peacock Room by James McNeil Whistler, Smithsonian's Freer Gallery. Credit: Freer Gallery  Iconic kitchen used by American chef Julia Child in her Cambridge home, on view at the National Museum of American History  The Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Credit: Tim Hursley  Modern gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, featuring Thomas Hart Benton's <i>Achelous and Hercules</i>, 1947. Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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An eye opening look at aspects of the Smithsonian that we forget about-or never knew. The range of the Institution's research is astounding! 

Clyde L.

We thoroughly enjoyed Celebrate Smithsonian and look forward to joining a Smithsonian Journeys trip in the future. We thought the program, Smithsonian representatives, and fellow participants were all top notch. 

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Dwight Bowers

Dwight Bowers

Sep 17 - 20, 2014

Dwight Bowers is a Performing Arts Curator in the Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. He served as co-curator of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Red, Hot and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals, which toured nationally. Additional exhibitions include Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song and Muppets and Mechanisms. He has broad expertise in the history of American performing arts and has acted as producer-annotator for over 50 archival recording releases. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, he is currently involved in the development of a new Smithsonian exhibition, America Plays, a history of American Entertainment and Sports, to be presented at the National Museum of American History in 2008.