Smithsonian

Cornell University President Dr. David Skorton speaks during a news conference at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, Monday, March 10, 2014, where he was named the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Skorton, a cardiologist, will replace Secretary Wayne Clough, who plans to retire in October after six years. The 64-year-old will be the first physician to lead the organization and its 13th secretary since 1846. For much of its history, the Smithsonian has been led by scientists. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Cornell president named new head of Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Board of Regents on Monday named Cornell University President Dr. David Skorton to lead the world’s largest museum and research complex in the nation’s capital. Skorton, who is a cardiologist, […]

03/10/2014

A detail of the front of the second inaugural gown worn by first lady Michelle Obama is shown in a storage area at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Michelle Obama’s 2nd gown lent to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama’s fashion is making history again, at least for the next year, as her second inaugural gown will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution. Before it’s stowed away for a future […]

01/13/2014

This image provided by NASA shows loose, BB-sized, hematite-rich spherules embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion. The Mars Rover Opportunity found this cluster of them at its Eagle Crater landing site and analyzed their composition with its spectrometers. Hypotheses about their formation have contributed to the story of water on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University)

Mars rover photographs featured at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years after NASA landed two rovers on Mars for a 90-day mission, one is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the planet’s surface. Now […]

01/07/2014

A 3-D rendering of Abraham Lincoln’s life mask, held at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. (AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution)

Smithsonian makes push in 3D imaging of artifacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of […]

11/13/2013

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough (AP Photo)

Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution and will furlough U.S. Park Police officers who guard the nation’s monuments.

04/16/2013

Cyrus Cylinder, a Babylonian artifact. (AP Photo)

Cyrus the Great artifact shown in US for 1st time

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nearly 2,600-year-old clay cylinder that’s been described as the world’s first human rights declaration is being shown for the first time in the U.S.

03/07/2013

Museums open free on Saturday

This Saturday, September 29th, museums nationwide will open their doors for free and local museums in your area are participating.  Museum-goers can download free tickets on the Smithsonian website, which grants free admission for 2 […]

09/24/2012

Smithsonian plans 1st ad campaign to broaden reach

WASHINGTON (AP) – The most-visited museums in the U.S. are about to launch their first-ever national advertising campaign to connect more people with the Smithsonian Institution online, in schools or in the museums themselves. The […]

09/20/2012

Google maps Smithsonian for visitors

(AP) – The world’s largest museum complex is being mapped room by room through a partnership with Google. Beginning Tuesday, visitors at the Smithsonian Institution can use a smartphone to find their way through 17 […]

07/10/2012

Smithsonian opens new, diverse US history timeline

(AP) – Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American history that includes a piece of Plymouth Rock, a […]

04/11/2012