January 29, 2011. The exhibition “Orchids: A View from the East” examines the role these fascinating and beautiful plants have played in Chinese culture. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: January 29, 2011
January 26, 1957. An entire house is reconstructed for the “Hall of Everyday Life in Early America.” No actual residents are reconstructed. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: January 26, 1957
August 27, 1984. A really pretty green rock goes on display at the Natural History Museum. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: August 27, 1984
May 27, 1994. The kraken is released. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: May 27, 1994
March 21, 1983. The Natural History Museum dives into a study of one of the world’s most scientifically significant coral atolls. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: March 21, 1983
March 8, 1978. The second-largest meteorite ever found in the United States arrives at the Natural History Museum (in a truck, not in a fiery explosion.) Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: March 8, 1978
Snarge is the term used for the feathers and residue left after a bird collides with a plane. Scientists in the Smithsonian’s Feather ID Lab examine snarge to identify the species of birds involved in the hundreds of bird strike cases they solve each year, aiding with aviation safety. Migrate to other bird projects at… Continue reading What exactly is “snarge”?
The Hall of the World of Mammals opens at the National Museum of Natural History, illustrating “biological principles.” Henry W. Setzer is the curator in charge of the hall, Rolland Hower supervises the exhibits staff of the Natural History Laboratory and Thomas Baker is the designer. The taxidermy work was supervised by Watson M. Perrygo,… Continue reading November 23, 1959
Gary Hevel, a museum specialist at the National Museum of Natural History, examines a specimen tray of tropical long-horned beetles. These iridescent beetles, native to South America, represent only a small fraction of the more than 35 million specimens of insects in the Smithsonian’s entomology collection. Photo by John Gibbons
“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations”—Natural History Museum through May 1, 2011 Discover the history of Cyprus, its struggles and achievements—through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which will be on view for the first time outside the country. This exhibition is presented in coordination with the Embassy of Cyprus, Director of Antiquities.