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A Puerto Rican Carnival

Experience a Puerto Rican carnival and design your own mask!

Choose Ur Style

Play dress up with traditional or modern African styles.

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.

Digging for Answers

Are you a brainiac on the subject of the human brain? An authority on American authors? An ace on astronomy? A whiz on The Wizard of Oz? If not, don’t worry. The game Digging for Answers tests your research skills as well as your expertise.

Meet the Mariachi! Explore Mexico's Musical Gift to the World

(Grades 4-8) This is an introduction to the inviting sounds of mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and how it is important to people. The activity uses maps, video, and interactive instrument demonstrations to give an "insider's view" that will help students enjoy the music and learn to talk about it with others.

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 Kids

Find lots of fast, fun, cool, scary, patriotic, and beautiful things from the Smithsonian and send free E-cards to your friends!
 

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.

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American Indian Museum Blog

From the Smithsonian's American Indian Museum, dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of all tribes of the Western Hemisphere.

Bento: Art Outside the Box

Stories of incredible art, artists, and the people who make it all possible at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art.

Journeys Blog

An online forum for sharing your travel experiences and discovering far-flung travel destinations.

Smithsonian Collections Blog

Highlights of the hidden treasures among the more then 2 million Smithsonian collections online.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Blog

Reports from the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Folklife: Talk Story

Research, travels, and stories from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Smithsonian Insider

Smithsonian Insider shares with you the astounding and diverse work being conducted by the Smithsonian around the world.

The Affiliate

News about our Affiliates, exhibitions, and programs.

Unbound: Smithsonian Libraries Blog

Connecting, ideas, information and you.

Online Exhibition

A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico

Carnival masks and costumes, musical instruments, colonial art, and jewelry from Teodoro Vidal's collection explore Puerto Rican history and culture during the past 500 years.

A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s

View works by 11 Nigerian artists of the Oshogbo Movement, center of a major artistic renaissance.

A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Collection of Lawrence Gussman

View an exhibition from the Lawrence Gussman collection including 75 objects representing 30 African cultures.


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