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Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

World's Oldest Souvenirs Included All Kinds Of Contraband

World's Oldest Souvenirs Included All Kinds Of Contraband Aug 12th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Garry Wilmore, Flickr Who here doesn't have a collection of mini monuments, fridge magnets, key rings and mugs collected on vacation? For as long as humans have been traveling, we've had an inexplicable urge to bring back some sort of object that reminds us of our trip, and that's the focus of a new exhibit by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. But don't be fooled, you won't...

'Hyperloop' Could Send People From L.A. To San Francisco In 30 Minutes

'Hyperloop' Could Send People From L.A. To San Francisco In 30 Minutes Jul 17th, 2013 at 4:30PM: It might not be long before people are being whisked from Los Angeles to San Francisco in an underground pipeline akin to the tubes drive-up banks use. The wild idea comes from Elon Musk, who has or has had high stakes in PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX. Here's what Musk told PandoDaily: "How would you like something that never crashed, was immune to weather, that goes three or four times...

How Do Dogs Find Explosives At Airports?

How Do Dogs Find Explosives At Airports? Jul 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: mrccos, Flickr Behind every bomb-sniffing dog at the airport is hours and hours of repetition and reward. For many, their training starts with a canine kindergarten and continues until they graduate from an elite academy run by MSA Security. Around 160 teams work with these dogs, usually in tandem with the same handler for eight or nine years, until the dog is retired. Smithsonian magazine looks...

Smithsonian Relocates Slave Cabin To Be Centerpiece Of Upcoming Exhibition

Smithsonian Relocates Slave Cabin To Be Centerpiece Of Upcoming Exhibition Jun 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture The Smithsonian Institution has received a unique donation – an intact slave cabin from a plantation in South Carolina. The cabin, which was on the grounds of the Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, was donated by the current landowners. For the past month a Smithsonian team has been meticulously dismantling it...

Cutbacks Have Smithsonian Down, But Not Out

Cutbacks Have Smithsonian Down, But Not Out May 3rd, 2013 at 9:00AM: Government cutbacks have affected travel in a number of ways. Passport applications and renewals are taking longer, as is the process for requesting a visa. Traveling abroad, less security at U.S. facilities means less protection for Americans. National parks have closed some facilities and delayed opening of others. Now, even the Smithsonian Institution in Washington is feeling the impact of...

Smithsonian Channel To Air Special King Richard III Discovery

Apr 17th, 2013 at 12:00PM: The Smithsonian Channel will soon air a documentary about the remarkable discovery of the skeleton of King Richard III in a parking lot in Leicester, England. "The King's Skeleton: Richard III Revealed" premieres Sunday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour show was produced by the only team allowed access to the scientists, the excavation and the lab tests used to determine the...

The Perfect DC Museum Cafe: Mitsitam

The Perfect DC Museum Cafe: Mitsitam Mar 19th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Somewhere between pointing at planes at the Air & Space Museum and browsing the day's headlines at the Newseum, my baby fell asleep. We had a small window of time to eat and maybe even have an adult conversation, and a McDonald's inside a food court didn't seem appealing. There are a lot of great Washington, D.C., museums that are free and world-class, but not many great food spots amidst the...

Cyrus Cylinder, 'The First Bill Of Rights,' Tours US

Cyrus Cylinder, 'The First Bill Of Rights,' Tours US Mar 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The famous Cyrus Cylinder, a baked clay tablet from the 6th century B.C. that's often called the "first bill of rights," has made its U.S. debut at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Cyrus Cylinder was deposited in the foundations of a building in Babylon during the reign of the Persian king Cyrus the Great. It commemorates his conquest of Babylon and...

Smithsonian Unveils Evotourism (TM) Website For People Interested In Our Evolutionary Past

Smithsonian Unveils Evotourism (TM) Website For People Interested In Our Evolutionary Past Jan 25th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Ever heard of Evotourism™? No? That's because the Smithsonian Institution just made it up. This month's issue of Smithsonian magazine is all about Evotourism™, which they've decided to trademark so we all have to put that pesky trademark symbol after it. Not a user-friendly way to coin a new term. As their new dedicated site says, Evotourism™ is the "Smithsonian's new...

Saturday Is National Archaeology Day

Saturday Is National Archaeology Day Oct 16th, 2012 at 8:00AM: This Saturday, October 20, has officially been declared National Archaeology Day here in the U.S. and to celebrate, the Archaeological Institute of America is hosting a number of events across the country. Additionally, the National Park Service is helping to promote the day as well, offering up opportunities to visit archaeological sites and even volunteer on a live dig. Now in its second...

Get Your Free Museum Day Tickets Here

Get Your Free Museum Day Tickets Here Sep 26th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine, coming up this weekend on Saturday, September 29, when participating museums across the country give free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. Smithsonian magazine hosts the annual event to encourage people to revisit their favorite local museum or try a new one in the area. The deal is simple too. Go to the...

Google Maps Inside Of Smithsonian Musueums

Google Maps Inside Of Smithsonian Musueums Jul 12th, 2012 at 4:00PM: We all know that Google Maps technology is invaluable for finding out how to get from point A to point B - or from point A to point D, with B and C in between. But what happens once you arrive at your destination? Most maps stop being useful the minute you cross the threshold of a building, but, thanks to a new partnership with Google, the Smithsonian's more than 2.7 million square feet of...

An Inside Look Into The Smithsonian's Museum Of Natural History

An Inside Look Into The Smithsonian's Museum Of Natural History May 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: My favorite travel writers share a sense of curiosity about their surroundings, regardless of where they are. You can squish a dozen or so of them into an elevator, take them into an attic and they'll find something of interest. If that attic happens to be just below the grand upper rotunda of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and those writers happen to be a subset of the...

Washington, D.C. breaks ground today for brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, D.C. breaks ground today for brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture Feb 22nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: This morning, Washington, D.C. held a groundbreaking ceremony for their brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture that will be the Smithsonian Institution's 19th museum. The event, attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, marked Black History Month by celebrating a new kind of history museum that looks to educate people through a candid...

Video game exhibition coming to the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Video game exhibition coming to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Jan 18th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Gamers: put "World of Warcraft" on pause, lay down your controllers, and take note. Beginning on March 16, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, will open the first major exhibition of video games. The Art of Video Games will show how video games as an artistic medium have evolved over the past 40 years and will feature 80 games, all of which were chosen in a public vote in 2011....

Smithsonian Archives unveils new website

Smithsonian Archives unveils new website Sep 16th, 2011 at 3:30PM: The Smithsonian Institution Archives records the development of America's greatest museum. With a staggering amount of artifacts, recordings, books, and other records, it now has a new website designed to help people explore this matchless museum from home. The archives got their first website back in the dial-up days of 1995. This newer website takes readers deeper into the Institution to...

Ronald Reagan retrospective at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Ronald Reagan retrospective at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Jul 2nd, 2011 at 9:00AM: Ronald Reagan is the subject of a retrospective at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The multimedia exhibition is called One Life: Ronald Reagan and marks the centenary of his birth. Most of the material covers his time as president, including the attempted assassination in 1981, his handling of the waning years of the Cold War, and bombing Libya. Yes, Gaddafi has...

Thirty years of AIDS: Smithsonian remembers the start of a pandemic

Thirty years of AIDS: Smithsonian remembers the start of a pandemic Jun 5th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Thirty years ago this summer, the first official reports were released about a new virus that destroyed the human immune system. The virus was the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. Since that time HIV/AIDS has become a global pandemic, claiming millions of lives and seriously damaging several developing economies. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is...

Smithsonian in National Latino Musuem controversy

Smithsonian in National Latino Musuem controversy Apr 23rd, 2011 at 2:00PM: The Smithsonian Institution is considering building a National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, DC, but is facing controversy over the idea. The museum is planned for the National Mall, shown here in this image courtesy Andrew Bossi, and would complete a set of museums that include the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and...

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