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  • Rare spider tortoise hatches at the National Zoo in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo says for the first time a rare spider tortoise has hatched at its Reptile Discovery Center. The zoo says the tortoise hatched May 10 at an off-exhibit area…

  • African art museum launches new graphic novel for students

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is launching its first graphic novel for young visitors based on a Swahili mythological figure from East Africa. The museum says the graphic novel was…

  • New museum on National Mall is 75 percent complete

    WASHINGTON — The National Museum of African American History and Culture won’t open its doors until 2016, but construction work on the building is nearly finished. “It’s about 75 percent complete,” says Derek Ross, chief…

  • National Zoo Instagrams international travels of frozen Giant Panda semen

    In an annual tradition, the National Zoo has found a fascinating (and slightly revolting) way to hype the ‘panda pregnancy watch.’ And yes, it involves selfies.

  • Smithsonian hosts symposium on cultural heritage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution is hosting a symposium with the University of Chicago about how cultural heritage has become a target during global conflicts and an aid for reconciliation. The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery…

  • Smithsonian aims to reopen shuttered site for special events

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian officials are quietly working to reopen one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall that’s been shuttered for a decade. Acting Smithsonian Secretary Al Horvath said Monday that modest interior…

  • Smithsonian to launch new magazine on cultural travel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian Enterprises, the business arm of the popular museum complex, is launching its first new magazine in 30 years with a focus on cultural travelers. Smithsonian Journeys will hit newsstands April 21…

  • New memorial to suffragettes along the Occoquan

    WASHINGTON — March is Women’s History Month, and while some question the need for the annual event, others in the Washington area have first-hand experience they say shows the clear need to keep fighting for…

  • Poison dart frog species hatched for the first time in captivity

    Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute scientists hatched the tiny frogs as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

  • Smithsonian planning new exhibit all about money

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is preparing a new exhibition all about money, money, money. The museum has announced it will open its new Gallery of Numismatics and the first…

  • Arts leaders ask DC mayor to reconsider plan for arts center

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Directors from the Smithsonian, private museums and some performing arts groups are asking D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to reconsider her decision to kill an agreement for a downtown cultural project. The Washington…

  • 2 Smithsonian museums open despite winter weather in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian says the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History will be open despite the snow in the Washington region. The Smithsonian says all of its…

  • Bao Bao adjusts to ice, new home away from mom

    WASHINGTON — The National Zoo’s baby panda is all grown up, and zoo keepers have moved her out of the enclosure she shared with mom and into her own digs. “Anybody who has been watching Bao Bao…

  • 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…