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A Puerto Rican Carnival

Experience a Puerto Rican carnival and design your own mask!

Air and Space Mobile Missions

Are you cut out for a career in aerospace? Find out with Air and Space Mobile Missions!

America on the Move Games

Match vehicles and destinations. Drive through time. Become a director by selecting vehicles for a new movie.

Bottlecaps to Brushes

Follow Cappy the giraffe on an adventure through American art.

Buffalo Hide Painting

Discover buffalo hide art and create your own painting!

Build a Sod House

Imagine you're a settler on the open prairie, and you need to build a house.

Day of the Dead: Build Your Own Altar

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits.

Do Try This at Home!

Try you hand at these fun activities from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

GO FLIGHT: National Air and Space Museum

Connect with the stories and artifacts of the world's largest aviation and spaceflight collection with our official app.

IdeaLabs

How deep is the ocean? How high is the moon? How big is the universe? How old are the ancient Greek myths? Check out Smithsonian IdeaLabs to find answers.

Meet Me at Midnight

Take a vivid journey through the American Art Museum’s collection in this interactive adventure.

Our Story: American History Stories and Activities

OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

Postal Museum Activity Zone

The National Postal Museum's website offers a variety of online activities for kids of all ages!

Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

Assume the role of a Smithsonian intern to solve puzzles, find clues, decipher documents, and explore cartes de visite photographs from the museum's collection.

Romare Bearden Black Odyssey Remixes

Create your own collage art based on the incredible works of American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988). With this lively, colorful, and highly engaging app, you can remix works from Bearden's original series to create your own unique works of art, and express your personal journey.

Smithsonian Channel App

Stay connected with Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts — on the go, anytime, anywhere with the Smithsonian Channel app for iPhone and iPod Touch. View full episodes and hundreds of video clips of your favorite Smithsonian Channel programs. Check the schedule for what’s on tonight, tomorrow or next week.

Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Mixer

This interactive feature explores jazz from different perspectives: chronologically with a timeline, geographically with a world map, and musically with a virtual mixer in which you can listen to and observe the musical elements of jazz.

Stories of World Heritage

Discover ten stories from UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The list of the most outstanding natural and cultural sites in the world. Add your voice to the conversation! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and to further its objectives, the Smithsonian and UNESCO have partnered to produce the Stories of World Heritage website.

U. S. Rationing During World War II

Introduction to primary sources as well as an introduction to life on the home front. You can examine a ration book, morale posters, and an Office of War Information film to learn how Americans lived in a time of sacrifice.
 

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African American History and Culture Museum

American history through an African American lens.


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