• 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 tells The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1DJFRBh ) that she’s donating the collection because she can’t take care of it now that…

  • 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 over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “It’s coming,” called one of four technicians…

  • 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 Wednesday for children to talk with paleontologists about their fossil research, learn how scientists extract fossils from rock and handle…

  • 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 a gala cocktail party at the museum Friday to celebrate the flag 200 years after the Battle of Baltimore held…

  • 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 from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating…

  • 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 it happened around 2:42 p.m. at the Smithsonian station. It wasn’t clear why the cover came into contact with the…

  • 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 Service. “Behind the Badge” explores the history of one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement agencies. The new exhibit includes…

  • 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 insect collection to the Smithsonian. But now Drake’s will has become something of a pest. The Smithsonian Institution says that…

  • 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 F. Kennedy. The human remains had been buried in a historic tomb at Washington’s Congressional Cemetery that was in danger…

  • 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 (chew), a native of Australia, joins the Smithsonian in September. She succeeds Richard Koshalek, who resigned last year after a…

  • 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.

  • Museum sleepovers give kids a new perspective of history

    It\’s like a scene out of the Night at the Museum movies — kids between the ages of 8 and 12 can bring a chaperon and stay overnight in either the Smithsonian\’s Natural History Museum or new this year, the American History Museum during selected dates this summer.