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A peek into our collections, one object at a time
Betty White's Lesser-Known Role
From Hollywood to the home front.
Grace Thorpe: A Life of Service at Home and Abroad
Thorpe was a World War II veteran and advocate for Native American rights.
What a Good Boy!
What kind of dog
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!
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