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Smithsonian Associates Presents

Synthesizing Art and Science Through the Senses: Exploring the Aesthetics of DNA

Tues., Sept. 23, 6:45-8:45 p.m.

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Freer and Sackler Galleries present

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

Opens August 30!

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Join us as a digital volunteer!

Help us digitize and transcribe our collections – unlocking stories, increasing access, and discovering new knowledge.

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Smithsonian Channel Presents

Wild Inside the National Zoo

In the first episode of this exclusive Web series, take a behind-the-scenes look at baby giant panda Bao Bao’s first year.

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Smithsonian Channel Presents

Speed Kills

The fastest animals on Earth use speed to kill. Journey across scorching deserts, dense jungles, and murky lagoons where predators and prey run, swim, and fly for their lives.

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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

IMAX® Theaters and Planetarium

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