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Heirloom Garden Heirloom Garden
– Permanent

The Heirloom Garden is a treasury of favorites from what may be considered the classic American flower garden.

Smithsonian Gardens
The Sant Ocean Hall The Sant Ocean Hall
September 27, 2008 – Permanent

Dive in with Phoenix—a model of an actual North Atlantic right whale—and discover how the ocean is a global system essential to all life in this exhibition featuring hundreds of preserved marine specimens, a living coral reef, and many interactive displays. 

Natural History Museum
Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately
September 26, 2008 – January 31, 2015

This exhibition presents an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

Postal Museum
Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989 Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989
September 17, 2008 – January 25, 2009

Examples of Puerto Rican poster art from the late 1940s to the late 1980s are on view.

Ripley Center
Four Indian Kings Four Indian Kings
September 12, 2008 – January 25, 2009

The year 2008 marked the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution. To commemorate this event, the National Portrait Gallery exhibited the earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American aboriginal people painted from life.

Portrait Gallery
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
July 19, 2008 – January 10, 2010

This exhibition introduces the study of soil science and demonstrates the vital role soil plays in sustaining human welfare, assuring future agricultural productivity, and environmental sustainability.

Natural History Museum
Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls
July 10, 2008 – September 1, 2008

On view for the first time is the Smithsonian's own crystal skull.

Natural History Museum
TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity
June 11, 2008 – December 28, 2008

View never before or rarely seen African costumes and textiles drawn from the National Museum of African Art's collection.

African Art Museum
Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture
May 9, 2008 – February 8, 2009

Featuring 61 pieces from the late 19th century to the present, this exhibition demonstrates how posters function as portraiture.

Portrait Gallery
Herblock's Presidents: Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"
May 2, 2008 – November 30, 2008

This exhibition reveals how one of America's greatest political cartoonists—Herbert Lawrence Block—viewed the American presidency for most of the 20th century.

Portrait Gallery
Edward Steichen: Portraits Edward Steichen: Portraits
April 11, 2008 – September 1, 2008

During his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair from 1923 to1936, Edward Steichen created compelling portraits of many of that era’s most celebrated personalities.

Portrait Gallery
Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer
April 11, 2008 – September 1, 2008

Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York.

Portrait Gallery
Victory Mail Victory Mail
March 6, 2008 – June 6, 2011

This exhibition showcases the museum's collection of World War II V-mail correspondence.

Postal Museum
Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution
February 15, 2008 – Permanent

This exhibition shows how butterflies have evolved, adapted, and diversified with their plant partners over millions of years.

Natural History Museum
RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture
February 8, 2008 – October 26, 2008

Images of hip hop stars are as pervasive as the music itself, and the National Portrait Gallery is featuring the work of artists who have explored this phenomenon.

Portrait Gallery
Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani
December 1, 2007 – February 24, 2008

See more than 100 objects that provide a rich archaeological view of the ancient Asian country Colchis—land of the Golden Fleece.

Sackler Gallery
America by Air America by Air
November 17, 2007 – Permanent

This exhibition traces the history of commercial air transportation in the U.S. from 1914 to today and discusses how technological innovations have revolutionized air travel .

Air and Space Museum
Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part II Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part II
November 5, 2007 – March 1, 2009

On view in Part II of this exhibition are U.S. stamps printed from 1894 to the 1920s from the Benjamin K. Miller Collection.

Postal Museum
One Life: Kate: A Centennial Celebration One Life: Kate: A Centennial Celebration
November 2, 2007 – September 28, 2008

This exhibition is dedicated to 20th-century icon Katharine Hepburn, who carefully constructed and maintained her own myth from her earliest days in the studio system through more than 50 years on stage, screen, and television.

Portrait Gallery
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
October 19, 2007 – March 2, 2008

Photographs illuminate the variety of ways that African Americans resisted and redefined an America that needed but rarely accepted its black citizens.

Portrait Gallery

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