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A peek into our collections, one object at a time
Still Rolling Around
Even in the digital age, the Rolodex survives.
Beautiful Blue Morpho
What makes this butterfly blue?
Confirmation at Last of a Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way
Eight radio observatories across the planet formed a single “Earth-sized” virtual telescope to capture the image.
The Photographer Who Captured Humans and Animals in Motion
Muybridge’s groundbreaking photography captured the moment all of a horse’s hooves were off the ground at once.
The Coal Miner’s Daughter and a Canary Yellow Dress
Country music icon Loretta Lynn created her own look and sound.
Elizabeth Catlett Showcased Issues Through Her Art
Catlett’s sculptures show her long-standing interest in African American dignity, struggle, motherhood and uplift.
A Fearless Journalist
Ethel Lois Payne broke down barriers.
Her Moment in the Sun
Celebrated playwright and civil rights activist Lorraine Hansberry in her Greenwich Village apartment.
A Little Mouse Hygge
A pleasant scene from Beatrix Potter’s
The Tailor of Gloucester
Shedding Light on the Sun
In a historic event, Smithsonian scientists help probe the sun.
Taking Off With a Jet Pack
Imagining the future of flight.
A Nose the Better To Hear You With
The horseshoe bat has excellent echolocation.
A Vibrant Dreamscape
Carlos Almaraz is considered a pioneer of the Chicano art movement.
9/11 Cell Phone
This cell phone helped save a life.
A Whimsical, Thinking Pup
Possibly thinking about the Smithsonian’s birthday…?
A Game Takes Spaceflight
“Captain Video” was based on the first TV show to feature spaceflight.
This jellyfish hides in plain sight.
A 19th-Century Cat Nap
People have enjoyed cute cat photos long before the advent of the internet.
Billions and Billions of Periodical Cicadas
When groups of cicadas emerge.
X-wing Starfighter Stays on Target, Lands at the National Air and Space Museum
"Red Five Standing By!"
Harry the Hipster
Hey, cool cats, it's Jazz Appreciation Month!
Butterflies Are Free To Fly
These butterflies illustrate one of thousands of pages detailing natural history in Central America.
Writing Words in the Sky
For more than 20 years, Suzanne Asbury-Oliver was the only professional female skywriter in the world.
Harvard, Smithsonian Astonomers Help Capture Magnetic Fields Close to a Black Hole
“Stay tuned for true black hole cinema.”
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