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Chasing Venus: Observing the Transits of Venus, 1631-2004

Through books, manuscripts, and period scientific instruments, this exhibition examines the 'transit of Venus', the scientific and nationalist debates of the day, and explains the event's significance today.

Circle of Dance

Learn how music and dance continue to bind American Indian communities to all living things, to the earth, to the spirit world, and—when people have deep ancestral claims to their dances—to the past.

COBOL

Learn about COBOL, or Common Business Oriented Language, one of the first computer-programming languages to run successfully on different brands of computers, in this case.

Corridos sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition

Explore the historical development of the corrido (ballad) in the New World over the past 200 years in this bilingual exhibition of vintage and modern recordings, broadsides, photographs, posters, musical instruments, and other memorabilia.

Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt

This exhibition features the oldest surviving Anglo-American star map, hand-drawn by Simeon De Witt, surveyor for George Washington.

Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska

Jointly prepared by the Smithsonian and the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the exhibition presents the cultures of Alaska and Siberia from the end of the Ice Age Era to modern times.

Customers and Communities

This gallery focuses on the modern changes in mail service introduced at the turn of the 20th century.

Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations

The history of Cyprus is revealed through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which are traveling outside the country for the first time.

Dancing the Dream

Explore the relationship between the art of dance and the evolution of a modern American identity through images of performers, choreographers, and impresarios.

Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president during the Great Depression, used stamps to communicate with the American people.

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers and Their Signature Works

Two of the greatest jazz composers were Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967). This exhibition examines two of their most ubiquitous pieces.

Earl Shaffer and the Appalachian Trail

Focus on the American environmentalist, naturalist, and activist Earl Shaffer (1918-2002), who in 1948 became the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail more than 2,000 miles -- in one continuous hike. 

Edison After Forty

This exhibition of 60 photographs focuses on the later years of Thomas Edison's career.

Electricity: Lighting a Revolution

This exhibition reveals how Thomas Edison's incandescent electric light bulb and other inventions transformed our world.

Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt

Learn about Egyptian burial ritual and cosmology and what they reveal about life in ancient Egypt.

Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1925

Through more than 100 portrait photographs, this exhibition tells the story of the changes that occurred in the American West during the 80 years between the Mexican War and passage of the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924.

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.

Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War

This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II.

Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000

This mouth-watering exhibition explores the social changes that have changed how we eat and features Julia Child's kitchen.

Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely

Explore the Arctic’s changing climate. Discover what these changes mean for the Arctic, its wildlife, its people—and the rest of the planet.


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