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Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade

Explore how ancient Yemen grew fabulously wealthy because of the caravan trade routes of frankincense and myrrh that ran through it.

Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed

Treasures from the museum's collection of Central American ceramics shed new light on the exchange of dynamic ideas about art, culture, politics, and technology within the region’s largely unknown civilizations.

Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt

See a series of panels begun in 1991 by the preeminent contemporary Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian relating to current and historical Egyptian images, both representational and symbolic.

Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa

View paintings, prints, and animated film shorts by South African Artists drawn from the museum's permanent collection.

Corridos sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition

Explore the historical development of the corrido (ballad) in the New World over the past 200 years in this bilingual exhibition of vintage and modern recordings, broadsides, photographs, posters, musical instruments, and other memorabilia.

Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska

Jointly prepared by the Smithsonian and the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the exhibition presents the cultures of Alaska and Siberia from the end of the Ice Age Era to modern times.

Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations

The history of Cyprus is revealed through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which are traveling outside the country for the first time.

Devi: The Great Goddess

See Devi (The Great Female Goddess of India) presented in approximately 120 works—paintings and sculptures in bronze, stone, and terra-cotta—ranging over a period of 2,000 years.

Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection

View approximately 160 Japanese woodblock prints from the 1860s through the 1940s bequeathed to the museum by Robert O. Muller (1911-2003).

Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Visit an exhibition bringing together approximately 250 objects reflecting the unprecedented cross-cultural dialogue that followed the establishment of Portugal's world trading network.

Encounters with the Contemporary

See an exhibition of works by 32 African modernist pioneers selected from the growing permanent collection of contemporary and modern works of art.

Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt

Learn about Egyptian burial ritual and cosmology and what they reveal about life in ancient Egypt.

Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science

View an exhibition that focuses on the icon--an art form associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox church--and features six icons from the museum's collection that have recently undergone technical analysis and conservation treatment.

Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora

See a first-of-its kind exhibition examines the diversity and significance of contemporary visual arts of the Ethiopian diaspora.

First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

View 200 items illustrating the similar aesthetic characteristics found in Native American objects from different North American cultures.

First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection

See a display of 23 works made of wood, ivory, and beadwork from the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection.

Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely

Explore the Arctic’s changing climate. Discover what these changes mean for the Arctic, its wildlife, its people—and the rest of the planet.

Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is home to four giant pandas: Tian Tian (adult male), Mei Xiang (adult female), Bao Bao (juvenile female), and a male cub named Bei Bei. The panda house is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 p.m. summer).However, the line for the panda house may close as early as 2 p.m. if crowds are heavy.

Gifts & Blessings: The Textile Arts of Madagascar

View an exhibit explaining the historical context and dynamism of Madagascar's contemporary cloth production.

Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art

Trace the story of the beautiful coiled basket on two continents, demonstrating the enduring contribution of African peoples and cultures to American life in southeastern United States.


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