Hoping to take a selfie with the Hope Diamond or a recreation of a NASA space module on a visit to a Smithsonian museum? Go right ahead. However, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way.
A private collection of African-American art went on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art this week. The collectors are none other than philanthropist Camille Cosby and her husband, comedian Bill Cosby, who began acquiring pieces early on in their 50-year marriage. Gwen Ifill interviews the Cosbys about the exhibit and some of their favorite works. Continue reading
A truck carrying a nearly-complete Tyrannosaurus Rex arrived at the loading dock of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History just after 6 a.m. EDT, Tuesday morning. The dinosaur had just completed its 2,000-mile journey from Bozeman, Mont., where it … Continue reading
NEW YORK — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings – among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom – sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
Misidentified for decades, this newly classified member of the raccoon family finally made its scientific debut. Jeffrey Brown discusses the surprising discovery with zoologist Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian Institution, who tracked the animal down to the cloud forests of Ecuador. Continue reading
Hellbender salamanders are as old as the dinosaurs, but scientists know very little about these ancient amphibians. Scientists need to know how many live in the Midwest and Appalachian regions of the United States and how healthy the population is, but finding and studying these animals is no easy feat. Continue reading
While the 19th century vision of America was as untrammeled wilderness — overwhelming, majestic and sublime — a new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum shows a grittier 20th century America, altered by its inhabitants. "Landscapes in Passing" features the work of three photographers inspired by life on the road. Continue reading
The giant panda is an endangered species, threatened by destruction of their natural habitats and low birth rates. At zoos, like Smithsonian’s National Zoo, veterinarians and zoologists attempt to understand the reproductive cycle of these large mammals to prevent their extinction. Continue reading
From a gigantic rainbow serpent fashioned out of recycled jerry cans to a painting of girls dancing against a Milky Way backdrop, the Smithsonian’s “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” exhibit examines how African artists through time have looked to the sky, the sun, the moon and the stars for inspiration. Continue reading