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April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

We couldn’t do what we do without our 6,329 volunteers.

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Mystery Solved!

Algae assassin found responsible for
whale mass grave

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Smithsonian X 3D

Interact with 3D models of Smithsonian treasures
and scientific research.

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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Presents

Kiyochika
Master of the Night

On view through July 27, 2014

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Natural History Museum Presents

Smithsonian Science How?

Our free interactive webcasts introduce students and other learners to the research and personalities of Smithsonian scientists and experts.

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2013–2014 3rd Annual Global Spark!Lab
Invent It Challenge

Think about a real world problem and come up with a solution.

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Best of Both Worlds

Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age


A new e–book by Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough explores our digital journey.

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Smithsonian magazine’s 2nd Annual

The Future is Here Festival

Featuring: Patrick Stewart, Brian Greene, Adam Steltzner, George Takei, and many more

May 16-18, 2014

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Introducing...
Smithsonian Mobile


Your mobile guide to
visiting our museums

Discover what you can see and do, search our collections, access podcasts and other apps, add your tips and photos!

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Smithsonian
Craft Show

Quest for the Best

April 10-13, 2014
Preview night April 9

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Visiting the Museums & Zoo

Most museums are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery are open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. All are closed Dec. 25.

Today's Extended Evening Hours

Visiting with Kids

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