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Recent Acquisitions
November 6, 2015 – October 30, 2016

This annual exhibition features 29 objects that tell the story and identity of America through the art of portraiture and showcase some of the newest additions to the museum’s collection.

Portrait Gallery
Jewels of Appalachia
October 17, 2015 – Indefinitely

Visitors can peer into the underground world of salamanders and learn why the tiny creatures are critical to the Appalachian ecosystem—home to more salamander species than any other region on the planet—as well as what Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are doing to save them.

National Zoo
Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s
September 25, 2015 – April 24, 2017

The Arts and Crafts movement in America took hold just as the rising middle class began to realize its potential to purchase more consumer goods. Among the manufacturers featured are the Steuben Glass Works, Phoenix Glass Company, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Biloxi Art Pottery, Paul Revere Pottery, and Matt Morgan Art Pottery.

American History Museum
African Elephant
September 4, 2015 – Ongoing

Our iconic 12-ton, 14-foot-tall African Elephant has undergone a remake! The new setting explores the evolution of elephants from their earliest predecessors to the three modern-day species. Learn about elephant behavior and the threats facing elephants today. 

Natural History Museum
The Earliest Known Photograph of the Castle
August 10, 2015 – Indefinitely

The earliest known photograph of the Castle, taken in 1850 during the building's contruction, is on view.

Smithsonian Castle
PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard
August 3, 2015 – September 2017

More than 500 artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world reveal regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, childhood humiliation, and other compelling confessions

Postal Museum
Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
July 3, 2015 – July 9, 2017

This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805-1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age.

American Art Museum
Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed
July 2, 2015 – April 2017, TBA

Photographer Feodor Pitcairn and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson reveal a land of fire, ice, hardy life, and natural beauty. Experience the remote beauty of Iceland, a land sculpted by the elements and forged by active geologic activity.

Natural History Museum
Places of Invention
July 1, 2015 – Ongoing

What is it about a particular place that excites a creative mind and sparks invention and innovation? Discover what can happen when the right mix of inventive people, ready resources, and inspiring surroundings come together.

American History Museum
American Enterprise
July 1, 2015 – Permanent

Learn how business and innovation helped the United States develop from a small dependent agricultural nation to one of the world's largest economies.

American History Museum
Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910
July 1, 2015 – February 26, 2017

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.

American History Museum
The Value of Money
July 1, 2015 – Permanent

The Value of Money examines global histories of exchange, cultural interaction, political change, and innovation through more than 400 objects from the National Museum of American History’s National Numismatic Collection.

American History Museum
July 1, 2015 – Ongoing

Spark!Lab reveals the real story behind inventors’ work through hands-on activities that help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. (Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., except Tuesdays)

American History Museum
Object Project
July 1, 2015 – Ongoing

Object Project features more than 300 objects, a “magic” scrapbook, an opportunity to virtually try on clothing from the collection, and a special version of “The Price is Right.”

American History Museum
Inventing in America
July 1, 2015 – Indefinitely

Inventing in America, a collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, focuses on inventions and innovators of the past and present, including Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison. The displays feature early patent models, trademarks, and inventions of National Inventors Hall of Fame members.

American History Museum
Inventive Minds
July 1, 2015 – Indefinitely

Inventive Minds, a gallery within the Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation, will introduce visitors to the mission and work of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, particularly its efforts to document invention.

American History Museum
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
June 26, 2015 – June 1, 2018

Explores the foundations of the Inka Road in earlier Andean cultures, technologies that made building the road possible, the cosmology and political organization of the Inka world and the legacy of the Inka Empire during the colonial period and in the present day.

American Indian Museum
Coral Lab
June 25, 2015 – Permanent

Learn about the amazing life of corals, their threats and the bold work Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists are undertaking to conserve them.

National Zoo
National Geographic Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting
June 4, 2015 – Summer 2016

Take a personal journey into the wonders of wild Africa as seen through the lens of National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.

Natural History Museum
1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta
June 4, 2015 – November 2017

The world's rarest postage stamp, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, will be prominently displayed in the museum’s William H. Gross Stamp Gallery for a two and one-half year period. Note: The stamp will not be on view May 23 – June 10, 2016.

Postal Museum

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