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“Living Aloha” Hawai‘i Festival

Share in the spirit of Aloha.

May 15 through May 18

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Move over Matrix

Astronomers create
the first realistic
virtual universe

Smithsonian Science News »

Mystery Solved!

Algae assassin found responsible for
whale mass grave

Smithsonian Science News »

Smithsonian X 3D

Interact with 3D models of Smithsonian treasures
and scientific research.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Smithsonian celebrates in May with kid-friendly activities, performances, films and lectures.

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Smithsonian Associates Presents

Smithsonian Sleepovers

at the National Museum of American History

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Smithsonian American Art
Museum Presents

Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget

Through August 3, 2014

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An American in London:

Whistler and the Thames

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Through August 17, 2014

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Natural History Museum Presents

Smithsonian Science How?

Our free interactive webcasts introduce students and other learners to the research and personalities of Smithsonian scientists and experts.

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2013–2014 3rd Annual Global Spark!Lab
Invent It Challenge

Think about a real world problem and come up with a solution.

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Best of Both Worlds

Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age


A new e–book by Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough explores our digital journey.

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Introducing...
Smithsonian Mobile


Your mobile guide to
visiting our museums

Discover what you can see and do, search our collections, access podcasts and other apps, add your tips and photos!

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Visiting the Museums & Zoo

Most museums are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery are open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. All are closed Dec. 25.

Today's Extended Evening Hours

Visiting with Kids

IMAX® Theaters and Planetarium

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