July 5, 1850. Spencer Fullerton Baird becomes “Keeper of the Cabinet” at the annual salary of $1,500. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: July 5, 1850
April 9, 1987. Great exhibition or greatest exhibition? “The Far Side of Science” opens at Natural History. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: April 9, 1987
May 18, 1979. The first American exhibit hall devoted to evolution opens at the Natural History Museum. Continue reading May 18, 1979
Dive in and explore the Smithsonian Ocean Portal Check out the recently launched Smithsonian Ocean Portal, an award-winning website developed by the National Museum of Natural History and more than 20 collaborators to inspire awareness, understanding and stewardship of the world’s ocean. Wherever you are, YOU are connected to the ocean. Learn more. Do more. Find… Continue reading Find your blue at Ocean Portal
“Mammals in the Limelight” opens in the National Museum of Natural History as a permanent exhibition. The exhibition consists of murals showing environmental changes in North America by depicting the landscape as it was 50, 30, 20, and 10 million years ago. Also included are mounted skeletons, including a fox-sized horse, titantothere and giant stegomastodon,… Continue reading May 30, 1985
What does it mean to be human? The new David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Natural History Museum focuses on the story of human origins and probes the ecological and genetic connections that human beings have had with the natural world throughout time. It examines the shared framework of humankind as well… Continue reading What does it mean to be human?
We’ve all heard of Congressmen with a few skeletons in their closets, but forensic anthropologists from the Natural History museum are digging even deeper at the historic Congressional Cemetary. Continue reading In the news
A new documentary about the controversial anthropologist Melville Herskovitz makes its Washington premiere Oct. 8 at the Natural History Museum. Get a sneak preview here. Continue reading Exploring the “Heart of Blackness”
Climate change affects each and every one of us and everyone is invited to participate in a an online edicational conference to explore the evidence for, impact of and reponse to global climate change. Continue reading Smithsonian scientists look at climate change from a global persepective
A Smithsonian biologist, working with the Natural History Unit of the BBC, has discovered a new species of giant rat on a filmmaking expedition to a remote rainforest in New Guinea.