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Irving Penn

Beyond Beauty

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Smithsonian Science News

Cosmic “Death Star” is Destroying a Planet

The Death Star in Star Wars may be fictional, but planetary destruction is real.

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Smithsonian Associates Presents

An Evening with Tom Brokaw

Tuesday, December 1
6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

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PostSecret:
The Power of a Postcard

On view at the National
Postal Museum

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Test your music IQ with Smithsonian Folkways’ FOLK MUSIC trivia topic.

Music of, by, and for the people »

Join us as a digital volunteer!

Help us digitize and transcribe our collections – unlocking stories, increasing access, and discovering new knowledge.

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Introducing...
Smithsonian Mobile


Your FREE mobile guide to
visiting our museums

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

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National Museum of Natural History Presents

A new APP for the BONE HALL

See skeletons in a new way with 3-D graphics, games, video, and more!

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Visiting Us

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.

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