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America's Smithsonian

March 1, 1998 – April 12, 1998

Museum: Ripley Center

Location: International Gallery, Sublevel 3

America's Smithsonian, which celebrated the Smithsonian Institution's 150th anniversary in 1996, ends its 2-year, 9-city tour and returns to Washington, D.C., as the final venue. Many of the objects that traveled will return to the museums. This abbreviated version of the traveling exhibition features some 80 objects.

"Highlights of America's Smithsonian" includes the following popular artifacts:

  • Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz
  • Lucretia Garfield's inaugural gown
  • Abraham Lincoln's top hat
  • Abraham Lincoln's photograph
  • Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Cesar Chavez's jacket
  • Samuel Morse's telegraph model and key
  • Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet
  • Indiana Jones's fedora and leather jacket
  • Arthur Ashe's and Chris Evert's tennis rackets
  • George Washington's sword and scabbard
  • Photograph of Frederick Douglass
  • Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Edison's light bulb Alexander
  • Graham Bell's "box" telephone
  • Chinese jades and bronzes
  • Pre-Columbian American pieces
  • Art from Africa
  • Tiffany lamp
  • Pablo Picasso's Head
  • Andy Warhol's Flowers
  • Edward Hopper's 11:00 AM
  • Childe Hassam's South Ledges, Appledore
  • Touchable 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite
  • Fossilized dinosaur bones
  • Amelia Earhart's flight suit
  • Lewis and Clark's compass
  • Richard Petty's race car
  • Mercury "Freedom 7" spacecraft
  • Fossils in amber