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Smithsonian Reveals $2 Billion Plan for South Mall

The Smithsonian unveiled a $2 billion plan Thursday to revitalize its Castle and areas of the National Mall.


The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has acquired a collection of more than 1,000 works of art, prints, objects and other materials documenting early human flight, beginning with balloons. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Preservation Workshop Being Held in D.C.

The Smithsonian is teaching Washington-area residents how to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance that may be stored in their attics, basements, closets and garages.


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Cosby’s Art Paired With African Art at Smithsonian

Everybody knows Bill Cosby’s humor, but the comedian has kept his artistic tastes close at home. Now the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby is opening to the public for the first time Sunday at the Smithsonian Institution, revealing some works by African-American artists that until now have been seen only by family and friends.


People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They're calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. credit: AFP/Getty Images

Scientists: Current Time Period May One Day Be Called ‘The Age Of Humans’

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans.


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National Air and Space Museum Plans Big Renovation

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is planning a major building renovation but plans to keep sections of the museum open during construction.


The landscape portrait, "Out of Many, One" by Cuban American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, appears on the National Mall in Washington, DC, October 1, as viewed from the Washington Monument. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Artist Creates Huge Dirt Portrait on National Mall

An art project has transformed a large portion of the national mall into a portrait that can be seen from the sky.


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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.”


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.


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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.


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.