The naked mole-rats at the Smithsonian National Zoo are getting a second live webcam to show virtual visitors some behind-the-scenes action at the colony, it was announced Thursday.
While the Smithsonian backs a proposal for a women’s history museum, a spokeswoman says the institution wants to prioritize renovations with its limited resources.
A bipartisan pair of female US senators have introduced a bill to establish an American women’s history museum as part of the Smithsonian complex.
The $3.5 million project will enhance the museum’s accessibility and make major improvements to the parking lot and entrance.
The plan will keep the zoo’s three vehicle and three primary pedestrian entry points, but will consolidate the 10 informal entryways down to three, while maintaining direct access to parking lots.
New fencing and gates are being proposed at the National Zoo to increase visitor safety.
The National Zoo and the People’s Republic of China hosted a celebration on the first day of a new exhibit that teaches visitors all about the beloved bears. See photos and watch the video.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C. will resume normal operations Sunday, The National Park Service announced Saturday. The National Zoo will reopen on Tuesday, along with other Smithsonian museums affected by the partial government shutdown.
Typically bustling sidewalks near the Smithsonian’s National Zoo were eerily quiet Wednesday on the first day of the zoo’s closure due to the partial government shutdown. See photos.
Factor in a government shutdown that’s closed the doors of the city’s 17 world-class, free museums, plus the National Zoo, and you’ve got all the makings for some very low snow globe sales on the National Mall.
Walking along the National Mall, Bryan Alcaraz and Jacqueline Laurente-Alcaraz had big plans for their visit, including a stop at the Museum of African American History and Culture. That won’t be happening.
Though the partial government shutdown will likely affect Smithsonian sites, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city tourism officials are highlighting the positives, pointing out the many private museums, galleries and other attractions that will remain open.
While the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be open through New Year’s Day, things will change on Jan. 2 when those agencies also run out of money. Then, their doors will also close to tourists, locals and students on field trips.
On My Take, Clinton Yates praises the employees of the Smithsonian and National Gallery, who despite the shutdown, stayed open, giving tourists a classic Washington experience during the holidays.
There are fewer than 900 whooping cranes left on the planet, and 163 are kept in captivity — but researchers at the Smithsonian are hard at work to ensure the iconic species has a future in North America.
Recreating the District in video game form was no small task. Here's how the developers did it.