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America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, the museum hosts 10 rare and important documents from the Springfield library and museum.

America's Presidents America's Presidents

This exhibition displays multiple images of the presidents of the United States, including Gilbert Stuart's "Lansdowne" portrait of George Washington.

An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries, Part 2 An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries, Part 2
Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009 Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009

Archival materials reveal how individuals and society were affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Art of the Stamp Art of the Stamp

See 100 original drawings and artworks that were used to create postage stamps, including entries for the famous Elvis stamp design competition.

Asian Games: The Art of Contest Asian Games: The Art of Contest

Explore the role of games as social and cultural activities in the diverse societies of pre-modern Asia through games, paintings, prints, and decorative art.

Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments

See and hear a selection of musical instruments that demonstrate the formal inventiveness of African artists who have created objects that are a delight to both the ears and eyes.

Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz

The life of legendary Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003) is explored through costumes, wigs, shoes, photographs, video, and music.

Beauty Surrounds Us Beauty Surrounds Us

The exhibition features 77 extraordinary objects showcasing the integration of art and daily life in Native cultures throughout the hemisphere.

Benedicte Wrensted: An Idaho Photographer in Focus Benedicte Wrensted: An Idaho Photographer in Focus

View photos of European and Native Americans taken by Danish immigrant Benedicte Wrensted in her Pocatello, Idaho studio in the late 19th century.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present
Binding the Nation Binding the Nation

This gallery provides an overview of mail service in America from colonial times through the 19th century, stressing the importance of written communication in the young nation.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

Through freestanding, illustrated banners with text, this bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families while providing insight into Mexican American history and historical context to today's debates on guest worker programs.

Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Step into the culinary world of Julia Child, America's favorite chef!

Bradley and Hubbard: Masters of Metal Work Bradley and Hubbard: Masters of Metal Work

View selected decorative metal objects from the Smithsonian Institution Castle Collection that trace the history of the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company from its start in 1852 to 1940.

Breaking Racial Barriers: African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection Breaking Racial Barriers: African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection

On view are 20 portraits from an exhibition, which toured the U.S. from 1944 through 1954, entitled Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin.

Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
Business Wings Business Wings

Learn the history of business aviation from open-cockpit biplanes used after World War I to the Lear jet.

Celebrating 100 Years at the National Museum of Natural History Celebrating 100 Years at the National Museum of Natural History

This photographic exhibition highlights the behind-the-scenes research that advances scientific knowledge and inspires the museum's public educational programs.

Celebrity Caricature in America Celebrity Caricature in America

Some 200 works explore the craze for celebrity portrait caricature in America between the World Wars. 


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