Cellphones put the power of the world at our fingertips and it's all made possible by rocks formed millions of years ago, deep underground.
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Please review our hours and admission information to plan your visit. All Smithsonian museums and the zoo are closed on December 25.
In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, Smithsonian museums, research centers, and the National Zoo will remain OPEN through at least Saturday, October 7, by using prior year funds.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. We are a community of learning and an opener of doors. Join us on a voyage of discovery. Explore our vast digital resources and learn online.
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As the Zoo says farewell to three giant pandas, explore images and video clips of the lovable bears.
Discover Hispanic history and heritage in this bilingual online exhibition.
Get to know notable Latina women who have made an impact on U.S. history and culture.
Swinging for the fences with these items in our collections.
Shy, nocturnal creatures, bats have been both feared and revered.
Celebrating the beauty of the changing season with art and objects in the collections.
Discover country music—an American art form with roots in folk and blues—as reflected in the Smithsonian's collections.
Home to the First Ladies' gown collection, the Smithsonian has many more dresses to discover.
Along with the Ruby Slippers, the Smithsonian has some fabulous footwear in the collections.
Celebrate by exploring our photographs, drawings, scrapbooks, journals, manuscripts, and more.
During a career that lasted more than 60 years, Celia Cruz helped popularize salsa music in the United States.
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