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Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments
June 25, 2000 – April 8, 2001

See and hear a selection of musical instruments that demonstrate the formal inventiveness of African artists who have created objects that are a delight to both the ears and eyes.

African Art Museum
Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mache Anatomical Models
May 13, 2000 – July 8, 2001

Examples from the museum's unique collection of papier-mache anatomical models constructed by French physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux (1797-1880) are used to explore the history and educational use of such models for the medical and lay person.

American History Museum
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
April 29, 2000 – August 13, 2000

Commemorating the 1,000-year anniversary of the Vikings' landing in North America, this exhibition explores the impact of Leif Ericsson's journey and introduces new archaeological evidence that expands knowledge of early Scandinavian and North American life. 

Natural History Museum
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003

This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II.

American History Museum
In Search of Giant Squid
April 1, 2000 – May 6, 2005

Two preserved giant squids are on view. The rare Taningia danae is often referred to as the world's largest flasher because of its ability to flash brilliant blue-green light in the ocean depths. Architeuthis dux, displayed in the museum since 1983, is the world's largest invertebrate.

Natural History Museum
A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s
January 23, 2000 – October 22, 2000

View works by 11 Nigerian artists of the Oshogbo Movement, center of a major artistic renaissance.

African Art Museum
Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
January 3, 2000 – May 29, 2003

This exhibition includes paintings and sculptures from the 1820s through the 1940s. Artists included are Charles Bird King, George Catlin, Irving Couse, Olin Warner, Emanuel Leutze, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and others.

American Art Museum
African Voices
December 15, 1999 – Permanent

This exhibition examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures.

The exhibition will be closed on November 30, 2015 and will reopen to the public February 15, 2016.

Natural History Museum
"Make the Dirt Fly!": Building the Panama Canal
November 20, 1999 – January 22, 2001

This exhibition explores the background, planning, and construction of the Panama Canal, focusing on 19th- and early 20th-century activities and concluding with events in 1915 marking the opening of the Canal. 

American History Museum
On Time
November 18, 1999 – July 9, 2006

The changing ways Americans have measured, used and thought about time during the past 300 years is told through some 200 clocks, watches, and objects.

American History Museum
Tete a Tete: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson
October 29, 1999 – January 9, 2000

Best known as the photographer who first captured the "decisive moment" on film in the 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson has been making portraits throughout his career as an artist and photojournalist. In 1997, on the eve of his 90th birthday, he created an exhibition (and a book with the same name), on his work covering five decades.

Portrait Gallery
Posted Aboard R.M.S. Titanic
September 17, 1999 – March 12, 2001

Learn about the five postal sea clerks who perished aboard R.M.S. Titanic.

Postal Museum
Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974
July 29, 1999 – December 5, 1999

See photographs of the Nixon White House before, during, and after Watergate.

American History Museum
Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa
June 20, 1999 – September 26, 1999

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

African Art Museum
Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time
June 18, 1999 – January 9, 2000

Explore the life of writer Ernest Hemingway through photographs, paintings, 1st editions, letters, and personal memorabilia.

Portrait Gallery
Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People
April 30, 1999 – January 2, 2000

Take an in-depth look at the 10,000-year-old culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, revealed through some 200 objects and artworks.

Natural History Museum
Hans Namuth: Portraits
April 30, 1999 – September 6, 1999

View over 75 b&w and color portraits of major American figures by this German-born photographer (1915-1990).

Portrait Gallery
Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art
April 23, 1999 – September 6, 1999

Take a look at the life and work of this "soul painter."

American Art Museum
Franklin and His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America
April 16, 1999 – September 6, 1999

See portraits of Benjamin Franklin and his friend, men who shared a passion for science.

Portrait Gallery
Smithson Crypt
– Permanent

The final resting place of the Institution's benefactor, James Smithson (1765-1829), is a small chapel-like room located at the north entrance to the Castle.

Smithsonian Castle

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