Could the universe’s earliest stars have formed planets, and if so, what might they have looked like?
Peter Sefton, D.C. Preservation League trustee, reflects on how Washington, D.C. has changed in recent years.
This camera-trap image shows a forest elephant passing a beehive protecting a wild fruit tree in Gabon.
A 3-D rendering of the Apollo 11 Command Module with a view inside the hatch. The seats inside are where astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat during the historic moon landing mission on July 20, 1969.
Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of the artist Nam June Paik Estate Nam June Paik is a pivotal figure in the history of modern art.
“The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” is on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017.
Sophie Blanchard performing at the restoration of the monarchy in 1814, with King Louis XVIII. Image from the Scrapbook of early aeronautica.
All “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” images courtesy National Zoological Park Great white sharks, killer whales, sea lions, even polar bears—the ocean is full of giant predators.
Master stone carver Bernat Vidal chisels a piece of Seneca sandstone during the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
Knowing what we take from our oceans matters. Smithsonian scientists are developing tools to better understand and protect our oceans.
European Medicinal Leech “Hirudo medicinalis.” Sucker is on the right, blood-feeding mouth is on the left.
Food is an important element of Basque life. In the Ostatua Kitchen tent at the Smithsonian’s 2016 Folklife Festival, chefs from two Basque culinary schools (Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Artxanda and Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Gamarra) will showcase regional cooking and drinks with cooking demonstrations and workshops.
Traditional Basque dancers at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The National Air and Space Museum will reopen the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” July 1 in conjunction with the museum’s 40th anniversary.
Smithsonian staff scientist, Carlos Jaramillo (shown here), and Bruce McFadden from the Florida Museum of Natural History led a 5 year project to collect fossils from and understand the geology of the Panama Canal expansion earthworks.
Martin Puryear, “Drawing for Untitled,” 2009, about 2009, compressed charcoal on paper, Courtesy of the artist.
“Babe Ruth and Other Red Sox Pitchers” by Underwood & Underwood (gelatin paper print, 1915; Smithsonian’ National Portrait Gallery) The photographic record alone is astonishing: Babe Ruth was arguably the most portrayed American from the beginning of his professional career in the major leagues, in 1914, to his death in 1948.
Market Symphony by Emeka Ogboh Bells ring, but it’s not your grandmother calling you to dinner from the backyard.
The planet’s last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners published June 21 in the journal Biological Conservation.
This animation tells an Arikara story of the creation of a sacred landmark on the plains, the Bear Lodge (Devils Tower), as well as the formation of the Pleiades star cluster.