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A peek into our collections, one object at a time
Vallenato Makes History at the Smithsonian
Colombian Grammy Award-winning singer and composer Carlos Vives is best known for his vallenato chart-topping hits.
A cheerful skeleton gives a wave.
A Neanderthal makes some moves.
Rock ’n’ Roll Ride
The legendary Chuck Berry's red Cadillac.
Sit! Stay! Spell!
A Finery-Feathered Friend
Crocheted suits carry a message about biodiversity.
Let the Games Begin
Mark Spitz set the world record for the most gold medals in a single Olympics.
See the U.S.A. on Paik’s “Electronic Superhighway”
This neon artwork shows the viewer the U.S. by highway--no car needed.
Up, Up and Away
In 1805, the first female aeronaut, Sophie Blanchard, took flight.
The Sultan of Swat
Babe Ruth was the ballpark sensation of his sensational era, the Roaring ’20s.
The Big Man
Why so grumpy, big guy?
Billions and Billions of Periodical Cicadas
When groups of cicadas emerge.
Linn Meyers: An Ephemeral Ebb and Flow
Rippling lines and patterns that pulse with energy.
Wallpaper That Tells a Story
Written in Braille, this wallpaper reveals how it was created.
Roy Lichtenstein transformed a wide variety of source materials as part of his creative process, including comic-strip panels.
An Artwork That Poses a Question
Perceiving ourselves perceiving art.
All About Perspective: Zebras and Their Stripes
Some animated animals offer insights into perspective and color.
A Spoken-Word Brain Massage
An AMSR effect?
Pack a Lunch for Super Bowl 50
A lunchbox that celebrates a Super Bowl.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. greets supporters in Baltimore.
“Call Me Albicetus”: Fossil Sperm Whale Is Named in Honor of Moby-Dick
A fossil whale gets its name from a classic work of literature.
Smithsonian “Breaks Bad”
"Say my name."
A Fragrant Surrealist Icon by Salvador Dalí
Dali originally used a real lobster, that eventually decayed, for his phone.
Waiter, There’s a Tag on My Crab!
Tracking crabs in the Chesapeake Bay to protect them.
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