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  • Smithsonian gets $1.2M gift to sustain endangered languages

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.24 million gift to the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage will fund a new effort to sustain minority languages from Europe. The center said Monday that Ferring Pharmaceuticals donated…

  • Art exhibits worth checking out

    Art museums across the region have much to offer. Here’s a look at some of the exhibits now going on.

  • Smithsonian to post sign outside Bill Cosby’s art collection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it will post a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby’s art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the…

  • Smithsonian launching effort to capture diversity of plants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution are launching a new initiative with the U.S. Botanic Garden and National Arboretum to capture the genomic diversity of the world’s living plants. The National Museum of…

  • Former Cornell president begins leading Smithsonian in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A heart doctor and Ivy League university president is taking charge of the Smithsonian Institution. David Skorton, the former president of Cornell University, begins his tenure Wednesday as the 13th secretary of…

  • The Air and Space Museum is falling apart. We’ve got the details on the $365M fix.

    The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, like the U.S. space program itself, has seen better days. But there is a $365 million strategy to return one of the institution’s most popular attractions to…

  • Artifacts from endangered Syrian town on view at Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An ancient sculpture from a historic town in Syria that’s been overtaken by the Islamic State group is being featured in a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums. The Freer…

  • 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…