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The Bigger Picture

An inside look at the Smithsonian's history and the role of archives in today's world.

The Ocean Blog

Meet amazing creatures, explore the depths of the sea, and discover your own personal connection to the ocean.

The Q? Blog

Blog from Q?rius (pronounced curious), a unique, interactive science education space and a whole new way for teens and tweens to discover science and the natural world.

Unbound: Smithsonian Libraries Blog

Connecting, ideas, information and you.

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"Make the Dirt Fly!": Building the Panama Canal

This exhibition explores the background, planning, and construction of the Panama Canal, focusing on 19th- and early 20th-century activities and concluding with events in 1915 marking the opening of the Canal. 

"So Much Need of Service" – The Diary of a Civil War Nurse

The experiences of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin -- revealed through her diary -- reflect the sacrifices of millions of Americans who contributed to the war effort.

150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth

The National Portrait Gallery marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of four alcove exhibitions -- one each year -- commemorating this period of American history. The first of these exhibitions recounts the death of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a friend of President Lincoln, in Alexandria, Virginia.

1812: A Nation Emerges

Learn about key people who influenced the outcome of the War of 1812, which transformed and unified the United States.

2006 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards

View the winners in 15 categories from the 2006 Nature's Best International Windland Smith Rice Awards,  and the winners in 9 categories from the National Wildlife Photography Awards.  

A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico

Carnival masks and costumes, musical instruments, colonial art, and jewelry from Teodoro Vidal's collection explore Puerto Rican history and culture during the past 500 years.

A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s

View works by 11 Nigerian artists of the Oshogbo Movement, center of a major artistic renaissance.

A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861-1896

Steinway's diary -- with the first entry beginning just eight days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired -- spans 36 years of one of the most dynamic periods in American history.

A Letter from George Washington, November 30, 1785

On view is the letter George Washington wrote on November 30, 1785, to David Stuart, a trusted associate and stepfather to Washington's grandchildren.

A Measure of Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets

See a collection of modern baskets that reveal the central role basketry has played in the everyday life of Americans.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution

Witness the experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII; decision-making and citizen action under the U.S. Constitution.

A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

A New Moon Rises showcases breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. The 61 large prints presented in this exhibition reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder.

A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Collection of Lawrence Gussman

View an exhibition from the Lawrence Gussman collection including 75 objects representing 30 African cultures.

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection

This exhibition features 66 objects produced in the 1980s and 1990s from the Charles and Fleur Bresler Collection to highlight contemporary wood turning's growing sophistication.

A Song for the Horse Nation

The story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present is depicted.

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law, 1964-1971

See more than 60 of Lisa Law's photographs documenting the sweeping personal and cultural changes of the 1960s.


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