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The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age

This exhibition presents the Wrights' technical achievements and examines the cultural impact of early powered flight.

Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There

This exhibition reveals why a good clock is crucial to navigation -- for 18th-century mariners to current-day GPS users -- and how increasingly accurate timekeeping has influenced how we find our way.

Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing

View Chinese artist Xu Bing's seminal, best-known piece A Book from the Sky (Tianshu), along with books, scrolls, and wall posters all using 2,000 unreadable imitation "Chinese characters" that were invented by the artist to express humankind's struggle with communication.

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Learn about the Smithsonian's dinosaurs with everything you want to know--including the top 10 misconceptions.

Invention Stories

Explore the stories of inventors, both famous and little-known, whose creative habits of mind began in childhood play and resulted in a variety of useful contributions.

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists

Follow the Lewis and Clark trail, and discover the flora and fauna as they described it along the way.

Lewis and Clark: Mapping the West

This site features online access to Lewis and Clark maps and other primary resources, and provides related activities and lesson plans.

Life of a Vertebrate Fossil

Follow what paleontologists do in each stage in the life of a vertebrate fossil.

Ocean Portal

The Ocean Portal is a unique, interactive online experience that inspires awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the world’s Ocean, developed by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and more than 20 collaborating organizations.

Portraits of the Presidents

Presidential portraiture has been a major collecting concern at the National Portrait Gallery ever since it opened its doors in 1968.

Smithsonian Wild

Explore "camera trap" images of collected at research sites around the world! Explore by location or species.

Smithsonian X 3D

The Smithsonian X 3D Collection features objects from the Smithsonian that highlight different applications of 3-D capture and printing, as well as a state-of-the-art 3-D explorer.

Space Scoop

Bringing news from across the Universe to children all around the world. Universe Awareness and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Suited for Space

Explores the evolution of spacesuit development from the first quarter of the 20th century until the dawn of the shuttle era.

The Dynamic Earth

Since our planet's birth 4.6 billion years ago, rocks have been continually forming and, over time, changing from one kind to another. Explore this online feature about geology, gems, and minerals.

The Invention of the Electric Guitar

This online exhibition tells the story of how innovative makers and players created a new sound that profoundly changed popular music.


The first digital dinosaur, existing accurately in the computer, and able to be shared as easily as email.

Research Resource

Arago: People, Postage and the Post

The Postal Museum's educational and research Web site, presents the collections in a context-rich setting with full color images and zoom-in capability.

Archive of African Artists

Illustrated here is a sampling of exhibition announcements and gallery brochures for 21 African artists from eleven countries.

Teacher Resource

American History Explorer

Resources for teaching and learning American History.

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