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Five "fashionable" museum exhibits for those who can't make it to New York Fashion Week

Five Feb 11th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Can't make it to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City? Never fear - these fashionable museum exhibits will help you get your fix. We've heard of a museum where you can touch the goods - but what about one where you can smell them? The Museum of Arts & Design in New York City has hired former New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr to head their "Center of Olfactory Art" as well...

Smithsonian opens up its attic

Smithsonian opens up its attic Sep 30th, 2010 at 2:30PM: The Smithsonian is often called "America's attic." This October, America's attic will be opening up its attic to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how it operates. October is American Archives Month and and the Smithsonian will be celebrating by hosting a free Archives Fair on October 22 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. Experts working with the Smithsonian's collections will be...

Go inside the CIA with the Smithsonian's newest Resident Associates Program

Go inside the CIA with the Smithsonian's newest Resident Associates Program Sep 21st, 2010 at 5:30PM: Ever dreamed of being a spy? In today's increasingly covert operations-governed world, agencies like the CIA are playing a key role in major international events. The latest offering from the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program is showcasing a six-course series about how the Central Intelligence Agency carries out its principal missions of collecting, analyzing, and protecting secrets and...

Museums scramble for retiring space shuttles

Museums scramble for retiring space shuttles Jul 25th, 2010 at 1:00PM: NASA has set the date for the last Space Shuttle launch at February 26, 2011, and as an era comes to a close, museums around the country are fighting to get their hands on one of the retiring vessels. The Space Shuttle Discovery is earmarked for the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It has graciously agreed to give up the shuttle it already has--the Enterprise, which was...

Rick Steves' New Travel Mag

Rick Steves' New Travel Mag May 5th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Just in time for you to change your summer travel plans, the Smithsonian and Rick Steves just launched their special summer edition magazine, Smithsonian Presents "TRAVELS with Rick Steves". (In case you forgot, a magazine is a bundle of glossy paper printed with pretty colored pictures and some words, then bound with staples and placed within arm's reach of the toilet in case you lose your iPad...

Smithsonian draws more people, brings in extra cash

Smithsonian draws more people, brings in extra cash Jan 6th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Last year wasn't bad for everyone. The Smithsonian Institution returned to past glory, logging more than 30 million visits. Action at the Smithsonian hasn't been this high since before the 9/11-related travel market slump. The 18 museums and galleries -- and the zoo -- saw an up-tick of 19.4 percent in 2009, up from 25.15 million visits the year before. The fact it's free to visit probably helped....

Layover: Washington DC (Reagan)

Layover: Washington DC (Reagan) Jun 15th, 2009 at 8:30AM: [Today we're launching our Layover series, what will soon become a database of ideas and logistics for your next extended layover. We'll be covering most of the biggest airports in the country and even a few overseas, giving you a great reason to step out instead of staying in during your visit. Check back often over June and July for updates from your favorite layover city.] One of the best...

Museum Junkie: Smithsonian offers real "Night at the Museum"

Museum Junkie: Smithsonian offers real May 31st, 2009 at 10:00AM: The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is offering a special weekend tour to coincide with the sure-to-be-hit movie "Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian". Visitors will learn the real story behind the sites and artifacts featured in the film during the Smithsonian's "Family Weekend in Washington, D.C.", on July 24-26. The weekend starts with a dinner with Amelia Earhart at the...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of January 31-February 6

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of January 31-February 6 Feb 6th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Despite all the noise of drunk pilots, celebrities, and credit card scams that can pepper the travel scene, there are gems of places not to be missed and stories worth hearing again. Perhaps you've read that our dear Matthew Firestone who has graced us with his Big in Japan series for more than a year is off to Africa. No new entries for Big In Japan, but you can keep reading previous posts. If...

Smithsonian opens Forensic Files of the 17th Century

Smithsonian opens Forensic Files of the 17th Century Feb 5th, 2009 at 1:00PM: The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History opens "Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th- Century Chesapeake" Saturday, an anthropological exhibition studying the way that early colonists in the Chesapeake region lived and died. Among collected artifacts are about 340 pieces from the SI and 20 other archaeological organizations around the world, including original lead...

NASA wants $42 million for retired space shuttle

NASA wants $42 million for retired space shuttle Dec 18th, 2008 at 2:00PM: NASA has three space shuttles scheduled for retirement in the next two years, and for the first time ever, museums will have to shell out big bucks if they want to display the crafts. NASA estimates that it will cost $42 million to get each shuttle ready for display -- including $6 million to transport it -- and they are asking the museums to foot the bill. NASA has never charged institutions...

Renovated National Aquarium offers an inexpensive option

Renovated National Aquarium offers an inexpensive option Jun 23rd, 2008 at 10:30AM: Gas prices aren't the only expense of a vacation that pinch the finances. Admission fees can be a real downer. If one is traveling with young children, huge, expensive museums can be overwhelming. These are two reasons why the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. sounds appealing to me. At $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children, the admission is not even close to the $18.75 amount for adults...

Smithsonian Exhibit: Encompassing the Globe

Smithsonian Exhibit: Encompassing the Globe Jun 26th, 2007 at 11:31PM: A fascinating exhibit about the golden age of discovery opened this week at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery. Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries is the largest exhibit in the Sackler Gallery's 19-year history. The exhibit runs through mid-September in Washington D.C. If you can't make a visit, at least check out their website, which features a slick...

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