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1. Smithsonian to Display Trump Portrait Ahead of Inauguration
December 12, 2016

The Smithsonian says the National Portrait Gallery will put up a photo portrait of President-elect Donald Trump a week before the inauguration.   The Smithsonian said in a statement that the portrait will go on display January 13. The portrait of Trump was taken in 1989 and shows him wearing a suit and tossing an apple with his right hand. The Smithsonian says the image is one of four works in its collection representing the president-elect.   This particular portrait was taken...... (read more)

2. What Top Secret Airplane does the Air and Space Museum Have?
November 07, 2016

Where can you go and see an airplane so unique, that it’s a one-of-a-kind? The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center is the place to be. On top of things like a real Space Shuttle and the SR-71 Blackbird, they have a top-secret Japanese airplane that no one else has. What is it and what makes it special? Join VOA’s Steve Miller to find out.... (read more)

3. Ansari, Bezos, Flint Heroes to Be Honored for 'Ingenuity'
October 31, 2016

A mother and a college professor who exposed the Flint, Michigan, water crisis are being honored with American Ingenuity Awards. Smithsonian magazine announced Monday that the winners of prizes for innovations in art, science and culture include Michigan mother LeeAnne Walters and Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor she recruited to test the water. Others include comedian Aziz Ansari; Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.com; ``space archaeologist' Sarah Parcak, who finds...... (read more)

4. US Exhibition Celebrates Beauty of Quran Manuscripts
October 24, 2016

The first major exhibition in the US of the art of the Quran has just opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the nation’s capital. The exhibition is a collaboration by the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul. It features more than 60 of the most important manuscripts of and about the Quran, created over more than a thousand years across the Islamic world - from North Africa to Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. VOA’s June Soh...... (read more)

5. US Exhibition Celebrates Beauty of Quran Manuscripts
October 24, 2016

"The Art of the Qur’an", the first major exhibition of its type in the United States that opened Oct. 22 in Washington, features more than 60 of the most important manuscripts of and about the Quran, created over more than 1,000 years across the Islamic world - from North Africa to Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. The large manuscript created in ink, color and gold on paper, greets visitors at the entrance to the exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery. The...... (read more)

6. Ruby Slippers Project Passes $300K Goal
October 24, 2016

Smithsonian officials are “over the rainbow” after reaching their fundraising goal to help preserve the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”   The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise $300,000 to help preserve the slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of the movie.   Officials say they reached their goal late Sunday night thanks to more than 5,300 supporters in 41 countries across six continents. They say they'll announce a...... (read more)

7. Smithsonian Launches Effort to Save 'Wizard of Oz' Ruby Slippers
October 18, 2016

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to preserve the ruby slippers from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." The museum hopes to raise $300,000 in a month. The slippers, which for more than 30 years have been one of the most beloved items at the museum, were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last. Now the museum wants to...... (read more)

8. Did you know this secret about the new African American Museum of History and Culture?
October 03, 2016

It’s the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the African American Museum of History and Culture. Inside you’ll see more than relics of the past, but a celebration of contributions to American culture. But did you know that even in a museum open barely a week, there are some secrets? Join VOA's Steve Miller as he takes you inside one of Washington's hottest tickets.... (read more)

9. America's Newest Museum Opens, Is a Showcase of African-American Experience
September 25, 2016

President Barack Obama led the nation in dedicating the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington Saturday as the new $540 million museum opened its doors to the public. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the museum and those who made the journey to be among the first to see it.... (read more)

10. America's Newest Museum Opens, Is a Showcase of African-American Experience
September 24, 2016

President Barack Obama led the nation in dedicating the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the new $540 million museum opened its doors to the public. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the museum and those who made the journey to be among the first to see it.... (read more)

11. Smithsonian African American Museum Opens
September 23, 2016

The 400,000-square-foot Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public on the National Mall September 24. Exhibits and artifacts telling the story of the first Africans in the United States and their descendants will be on display.... (read more)

12. VOA Takes Sneak Peek at the Smithsonian’s Newest Museum in Washington
September 21, 2016

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens later this week. What started as legislation under then-President George W. Bush will soon be the latest addition to the Smithsonian's complex of museums on the National Mall in Washington. VOA got a preview of the massive museum. Arash Arabasadi has this report.... (read more)

13. VOA Takes Sneak Peek at the Smithsonian’s Newest Museum in Washington
September 20, 2016

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens later this week. What started as legislation under then-President George W. Bush will soon be the latest addition to the Smithsonian's complex of museums on the National Mall in Washington. VOA got a preview of the massive museum. Arash Arabasadi has this report.... (read more)

14. New Smithsonian Offers a View of Rich Black History
August 22, 2016

Lonnie Bunch leans forward to peer inside a slave cabin from Edisto Island, South Carolina. The dark and cramped interior defies his attempts to showcase the small living space its occupants subsisted on. Bunch flips on the flashlight on a borrowed smartphone, illuminating for his guests the craftsmanship, the hard work and the love that the cabin's former occupants put into what little they had. The unification of the old and the new, and the use of modern techniques to explain...... (read more)

15. Smithsonian Exhibit of African Films Explores Our Sense of Time
August 08, 2016

WASHINGTON— Rachel Rymont did not plan on spending part of her day inside a dark museum when she came into DC for errands. However, one look at the National Museum of African Art’s exhibit “Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa,” and the Baltimore artist was hooked. “Senses of Time” is a video and film exhibit meant to examine how time is experienced and produced within the body. The film aspect is a big part of what sets this exhibit apart from others in the museum. “It’s a really different experience than being in a gallery or... (read more)

16. Did you know there's something alive inside the American Indian museum?
August 01, 2016

One of the most iconic figures in American history is that of the American Indian. This week, VOA’s Steve Miller takes you onto the National Mall in Washington to explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Inside are artifacts over 10,000 years old, but did you know there’s also something within its walls that is alive?... (read more)

17. Re-entering Chinese Rocket Sparks California Light Show
July 28, 2016

Californians were treated to an unexpected light show late Wednesday when a Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere. U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn told the Associated Press that the Chinese CZ-7 rocket re-entered the atmosphere, but would not comment on whether the rocket ever posed any danger to people on the ground. She referred further questions to the Chinese government. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts speculated on Twitter the object was debris from a June 15 launch. He told ... (read more)

18. Marines: Man in Iconic Iwo Jima Flag-raising Photo Misidentified
June 23, 2016

The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday that it had misidentified one of the men in an iconic photograph showing the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. The Marines created a review panel this year after two amateur historians working for the Smithsonian Channel raised doubts about the identity of one of the Marines. The panel agreed with the historians that Private First Class Harold Schultz of Detroit was in the photo and that Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class John Bradley was not. Schultz died in 1995. The other Marines in the photo were Rene Gagnon, Ira... (read more)

19. Smithsonian to Host First Major US Quran Exhibit
June 21, 2016

WASHINGTON— The Quran, revered by Muslims, is the centerpiece of a first-of-its-kind exhibition in the United States as the Smithsonian displays exquisitely decorated manuscripts from one of the top Quran collections.   The Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery announced Tuesday that “The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” will bring 48 manuscripts and folios from the museum in Istanbul together with manuscripts from the collection of the Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, which are together the Smithsonian's museum of A... (read more)

20. Researchers Working to Solve Planet 9 Mystery
May 04, 2016

Scientists are pretty sure Planet Nine is out there, they just can't figure out how it got to the outer reaches of our solar system. That's the perplexing conclusion of some new research by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "The evidence points to Planet Nine existing," says Gongjie Li, a CfA astronomer and lead author on the new research.  "...but we can't explain for certain how it was produced." Long journey The existence of Planet Nine has been the stuff of myth and mystery for years.  For consp... (read more)

21. An Artful Playground in Our Nation's Capital
March 24, 2016

When one thinks of things to do in DC, it’s often that places like the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial are the main topics of conversation. However, what is not often talked about are the fabulous art galleries and museums in our nation’s capital. In fact, just the Smithsonian alone has a number of art galleries and museums to keep the DC visitor engaged for days on end. Add to that mix the National Gallery of Art and you have a least a week’s worth of hoofing it from one gallery to another without even considering all the fine private galleries in Wash... (read more)

Author: Cleo Gib

22. Bicycles Brought Sense of Freedom for American Women
March 21, 2016

One of the underappreciated but significant developments on the road to women's emancipation in the United States was the introduction of the bicycle. The significance of the two-wheeler is brought to life at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Historical interpreter Julie Garner — the Wheelwoman — portrays Louise, a fictional character from the late 1890s, as she rides around the museum on an 1898 Gendron Wheel Company Reliance model D. "She is your typical everyday woman,” Garner said. “She is a wife and mother of two. And she is out... (read more)

23. An Artful Playground in Our Nation's Capital
March 21, 2016

When one thinks of things to do in DC, it’s often that places like the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial are the main topics of conversation. However, what is not often talked about are the fabulous art galleries and museums in our nation’s capital. In fact, just the Smithsonian alone has a number of art galleries and museums to keep the DC visitor engaged for days on end. Add to that mix the National Gallery of Art and you have a least a week’s worth of hoofing it from one gallery to another without even considering all the fine private galleries in Wash... (read more)

Author: Cleo Gib

24. Bicycles Equal Freedom for Women
March 21, 2016

In the era before automobiles, bicycles were a means of affordable personal mobility. From the 1880s to the 1910s, Americans took to the wheels, sparking a nationwide bicycle craze. For riders — especially women — bicycles were also a means of independence. A featured program at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History shows visitors how the new freedoms afforded by cycling empowered women to challenge social norms. VOA's June Soh takes us to the museum.... (read more)

25. The Most Underrated Museums in the DC Area
March 03, 2016

If you're visiting the nation's capital, you'd be sorely remiss if you didn't visit at least one museum in DC during your time. Washington, DC, is home to some of the greatest museums in the country, most of them run by the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution. These museums have some remarkable displays of art, historical artifacts, and nature dioramas. You'd be hard-pressed to find an American who hadn't heard of the Smithsonian museums at least once in their lifetime. However, these "museum giants," as it were, are not the only incredible museums available to you in the DC area. If you v... (read more)

Author: Cleo Gib

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