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Little Golden Books

Learn how Little Golden Books made children's literature more widely available and transformed children's reading habits.

Mammals, Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of

Travel to four continents to see some 274 mammals in lifelike poses in their natural habitat and learn about what they share in common and what makes them unique.

Moving the Mail

Faced with the challenge of moving the mail quickly, the postal service looked to trains, automobiles, airplanes, and buses to deliver the mail.

Object Project

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.”

One Life: Amelia Earhart

Portraits of aviator Amelia Earhart tell the story of her career and pay special attention to her work on behalf of women's rights.

Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn

This exhibition on innovative book design highlights movable, pop-up, folding, and multiple-construction books from the year 1570 to the present day.

Philatelic Gallery

For both the serious collector and those who know little about the renowned hobby of stamp collecting, this gallery highlights some of the best philatic collections in the world.

Places of Invention

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.

Playful Performers

View an exhibition that looks at children's masquerades in Africa using objects, photographs, and video presentations.

Pollinator Garden

Stroll along the walkways in the Pollinator Garden to see four habitats of native plants that attract a variety of colorful butterflies spring through fall.

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

Captivating images by photojournalist Brian Skerry reveal the mystery and beauty of the undersea world.

Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls

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

Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

From Althea Gibson's struggle to break the color barrier and excel as a tennis champion, through the "Battle of the Sexes" between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, to the humanitarian efforts of baseball star Roberto Clemente, sports illustrate many facets of American life.

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth

See original props, models, costumes, characters, and artwork from the Star Wars trilogy that are used to compare elements of the films to elements of mythology, following a classic mythological "hero's journey."

Taking America to Lunch

On view are more than 50 children's and workers' illustrated metal lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s to celebrate the history and endurance of American lunch boxes.

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

This exhibition of more than 900 objects related to the 43 men who have held the nation's highest office explores the public, personal, ceremonial, and executive boundaries of the presidency.

The Dolls' House

This dollhouse and its 800 miniature furnishings represent a romantic view of the life of a large and affluent American family in the early 1900s.

The First Ladies

Learn how first ladies have shaped the role of first lady as the role of women in society evolved. On view are more than two dozen gowns, including those worn by Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Peacock Room Comes to America

Restored to its appearance in 1908, the Peacock Room's special exhibition highlights "points of contacts" between American and Asian art.

The Sant Ocean Hall

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.

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