Morning at the Museum is a special program designed to help children with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities enjoy a visit to Smithsonian museums. Max Kibblewhite takes a look at the program’s origins and its approach to making the Smithsonian a welcoming experience for visitors of all abilities. Continue reading Morning at the Museum
For part four of our #InclusionWorks series, Max Kibblewhite spoke with Beth Ziebarth and Ashley Grady of the Smithsonian Accessibility Office about how the Smithsonian is working to make our exhibits, programs and educational opportunities available to everyone. Continue reading #InclusionWorks: Sharing the Smithsonian with every visitor
For part three of our series, #InclusionWorks, Max Kibblewhite spoke with Carol Gover, the Affirmative Employment Manager in the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs, who explains how the Smithsonian provides accommodations for staff with disabilities to help them better perform their jobs. Continue reading #InclusionWorks: Let’s be reasonable
Katherine Ott is the curator of Science and Medicine at the American History Museum. She researches and oversees collections that attest to our changing perceptions of wellness, illness and bodily difference. For part two of our series highlighting Disability Employment Awareness Month, Max Kibblewhite spent some time with Ott to learn more about how notions of disability are reflected in our collections. Continue reading #InclusionWorks: How do you collect a stare?
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We’re highlighting diversity at the Smithsonian with a special series on accessibility, accommodation, resources and programs. In part one, we define our terms and give a preview of what’s ahead. #InclusionWorks Continue reading #InclusionWorks: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Remember middle-school sleepovers? The giggling, the ghost stories, the midnight raids on the fridge? Well, imagine rolling out your sleeping bag beneath a 50-foot whale, at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, or in the shadow of the space shuttle Discovery. That’s exactly what kids and their grown-up companions can do when they attend a Smithsonian Sleepover. Continue reading To sleep, perchance to dream…of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
For a millennial. 40 years must seem like an eon, while for someone nearing retirement, it seems like the blink of an eye. Staff from the Air and Space Museum reflect on the past four decades: what’s changed, what hasn’t and what’s on the horizon. Continue reading The more things change…
The Smithsonian is home to the rare and unusual, the awe-inspiring and beautiful, and collections that can be found nowhere else on Earth. But who knew we’re also the go-to destination for pocket-monster collectors? Continue reading Gotta visit ‘em all!
Max Kibblewhite spent all night at the Air and Space Museum to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic building and lived to tell about it. Here’s the report. Continue reading All Night at the Museum
The Smithsonian has a long history of diversity–in our collections, in our exhibitions and in our staff. As Pride month draws to a close, Max Kibblewhite takes a look at how the Smithsonian is preserving and promoting the stories of the LGBTQ community. Continue reading The Pride of the Smithsonian