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  • No more selfie sticks at the Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON — Sorry selfie stick fans visiting Smithsonian museums. You’ll just have to use your arm. Effective March 3, monopod selfie sticks are banned for safety reasons at museums and gardens. This is in addition…

  • Joe Madison aims to set radio record, raise funds for museum

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Radio host Joe Madison is trying to break the world record for the longest hosting of a radio talk this week and is raising money to build the Smithsonian’s new National Museum…

  • Anacostia Museum features slave family’s story in Civil War

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum is opening a new exhibit exploring the struggles and achievements of one slave family in Maryland before and after the Civil War. A diary started in 1841…

  • Smithsonian creates exhibit on human evolution for libraries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian is taking a major exhibition about human evolution on the road to public libraries. The National Museum of Natural History developed a traveling exhibit with the American Library Association based…

  • Research: Blue crabs part of colonial-era diet

    WASHINGTON – Early Americans may have eaten more blue crabs than previously thought. New research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science found evidence of the crabs at archaeological sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay area,…

  • Smithsonian acquires collection on balloons of early flight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has acquired a collection of more than 1,000 works of art, prints, objects and other materials documenting early human flight, beginning with balloons. The museum…

  • National Portrait Gallery installs Stephen Colbert’s picture

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Colbert’s image is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. To mark the end of Colbert’s nine-year persona on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” the museum borrowed Colbert’s portrait. The picture…

  • Florida woman’s orchids donated to Smithsonian

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman’s collection of orchids are finding a new home at the Smithsonian Institution. Helen Hoffman tended to approximately 100 orchids in a greenhouse attached to her Jacksonville home. She…

  • A mammoth, but careful restoration at Smithsonian

    STEVE HENDRIX The Washington Post WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades…

  • Smithsonian museum hosts National Fossil Day in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is celebrating National Fossil Day with about 400 children who will become “junior paleontologists” for the day. The museum is hosting a series of events…

  • Major renovations to Museum of American History underway

    The west wing of the Smithsonian\’s National Museum of
    American History is undergoing a major facelift. A peek inside reveals that
    the changes will bring new ways for visitors to learn and enjoy history.

  • Smithsonian toasts past with flag-inspired drinks (Videos)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner this week with cocktails and a toast to history. The Food Network’s Simon Majumdar is hosting…

  • Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

    BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items…

  • Smithsonian icons duke it out in Smithsonian Summer Showdown

    Will Giant Panda Cub Bao Bao be roughed up by the nation\’s T. rex? Will Wonder Woman lasso Wile E. Coyote?

  • Smoke, noise after cover touches Metro third rail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro says there was a loud noise and smoke when a covering over the third rail touched the rail itself at a station on the National Mall. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says…