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  • 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…

  • DC museum displays items from 2001 anthrax attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence from the 2001 anthrax attacks is going on public display at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum opened an exhibit Friday about the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection…

  • Smithsonian asks judge’s help with bug collection

    JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Carl J. Drake spent his life studying bugs, everything from aphids to water striders. When he died in 1965, the entomologist left his life savings and his vast…

  • Smithsonian studies Shriver family ancestors in D.C.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthropologists from the Smithsonian have been analyzing the remains of 16 ancestors buried in the 1800s who were related to the Shriver family that more recently included a sister to President John…

  • Smithsonian names director for Hirshhorn Museum

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian has named Melissa Chiu, a museum leader for the Asia Society in New York, as the next director of the Hirshhorn Museum for modern and contemporary art in Washington. Chiu…

  • Smithsonian Sleepovers let kids get lost in history

    If your kids love the \”Night at the Museum\” movies, they can go on a nighttime museum adventure of their own with Smithsonian Sleepovers.

  • National History Museum’s Dinosaur Hall closing for major renovation

    The great Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian\’s National Museum of Natural History is getting a major facelift.