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Smithsonian Traces Fragments of Star-Spangled Banner

Two hundred years after a massive flag was hoisted over the fort in Baltimore that withstood a British attack, Americans from Maine to California may still have fragments from the original “Star-Spangled Banner.”

09/12/2014

Actors dressed as George Washington and his wife Martha look at a portrait of the first U.S. president by Gilbert Stuart at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on January 19, 2013. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Famous George Washington Painting to be Restored

One of the most famous portraits of George Washington will soon get a high-tech examination and face-lift of sorts with its first major conservation treatment in decades.

09/08/2014

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Bison Return to Collection at National Zoo in D.C.

American bison have returned to the National Zoo in Washington after inspiring the park’s creation in the 1880s.

08/28/2014

Aerial photo of the National Mall. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

6-Acre Sand and Soil Portrait Coming to National Mall

The Smithsonian says it has commissioned a work for the National Mall, a portrait made out of sand and soil that will stretch over six acres.

08/19/2014

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Smithsonian Adds LGBT History to Museum Collection

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”

08/19/2014

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Your City Guide to Washington, D.C.

Refer to this guide to the best dining, lodging and attractions in Washington D.C.

08/19/2014

The Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Smithsonian Museums, Zoo Battle For ‘Most Iconic’ Title

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Smithsonian organizations are engaging in some serious smack talk as they battle to win the “most iconic” title during the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Objects (and Bao Bao the panda cub) were […]

08/14/2014

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Smithsonian Natural History Museum Reopens After Emergency Repairs

The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum was closed Thursday morning for emergency technology repairs.

08/14/2014

The Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Smithsonian Seeking Volunteers to Digitize Objects

The Smithsonian Institution wants the public’s help to digitize museum collections faster to make them available to researchers online.

08/12/2014

Scientists say the meteor strike that killed the dinosaurs came at the worst possible moment for them, best possible moment for us. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Scientists: Bad Luck Killed The Dinosaurs

Scientists say dinosaur population was already under stress from other global calamities when the big rock hit.

07/28/2014

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