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How deep is the ocean? How high is the moon? How big is the universe? How old are the ancient Greek myths? Check out Smithsonian IdeaLabs to find answers.

Meet Me at Midnight

Take a vivid journey through the American Art Museum’s collection in this interactive adventure.

Meet the Mariachi! Explore Mexico's Musical Gift to the World

(Grades 4-8) This is an introduction to the inviting sounds of mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and how it is important to people. The activity uses maps, video, and interactive instrument demonstrations to give an "insider's view" that will help students enjoy the music and learn to talk about it with others.

Migratory Bird Center Games and Activities

Migration Game - Learn about bird migration while playing a game.
Name that Nest - See if you can identify a variety of bird nests.
Online Coloring Book - Color birds online and learn about feathered travelers.


Morphy and his fellow alien crew have crash-landed on a foreign planet! Help Morphy locate missing crewmembers so that they can repair their spaceship.

Our Story: American History Stories and Activities

OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

Pilot Pals

Pilot Pals’ four games—Gears, Weather, Rocket Stacking and Airplane Parts—introduce children to basic concepts about weather, parts of the airplane, rockets, sizes, shapes and patterns.

Postal Museum Activity Zone

The National Postal Museum's website offers a variety of online activities for kids of all ages!

Prehistoric Climate Change

Use fossils as a thermometer to read temperatures 55 million years ago. You can also watch a video of a fossil digger at work. 

Romare Bearden Black Odyssey Remixes

Create your own collage art based on the incredible works of American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988). With this lively, colorful, and highly engaging app, you can remix works from Bearden's original series to create your own unique works of art, and express your personal journey.

Showbiz Safari

Lights! Camera! Action! Our movie director needs your help! Help Walrus pick actors based on the traits that best fit the movie role.

Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp

Designed for the home and classroom by the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Filament Games, this iPhone/iPad game teaches students how to describe movement and motion while visiting rare animals at the National Zoo.

Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Mixer

This interactive feature explores jazz from different perspectives: chronologically with a timeline, geographically with a world map, and musically with a virtual mixer in which you can listen to and observe the musical elements of jazz.

U. S. Rationing During World War II

Introduction to primary sources as well as an introduction to life on the home front. You can examine a ration book, morale posters, and an Office of War Information film to learn how Americans lived in a time of sacrifice.

Weather Lab

What happens when ocean currents and air masses interact? Find out in Weather Lab!


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.

Online Exhibition

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond celebrates the power of innovation. Packed with interactive challenges; vehicle concept models and prototypes; immersive media presentations; and inspiring innovator stories, this exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Explore the life and legacy of our 16th president through objects from the museum's collection.

Airmail in America

This exhibition examines the critical role the postal system played in the creation of America's commercial aviation industry.

Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately

This exhibition presents an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

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