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Pollinator Garden

Stroll along the walkways in the Pollinator Garden to see four habitats of native plants that attract a variety of colorful butterflies spring through fall.

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

Captivating images by photojournalist Brian Skerry reveal the mystery and beauty of the undersea world.

Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls

On view for the first time is the Smithsonian's own crystal skull.

Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

From Althea Gibson's struggle to break the color barrier and excel as a tennis champion, through the "Battle of the Sexes" between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, to the humanitarian efforts of baseball star Roberto Clemente, sports illustrate many facets of American life.

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth

See original props, models, costumes, characters, and artwork from the Star Wars trilogy that are used to compare elements of the films to elements of mythology, following a classic mythological "hero's journey."

Taking America to Lunch

On view are more than 50 children's and workers' illustrated metal lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s to celebrate the history and endurance of American lunch boxes.

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

This exhibition of more than 900 objects related to the 43 men who have held the nation's highest office explores the public, personal, ceremonial, and executive boundaries of the presidency.

The Dolls' House

This dollhouse and its 800 miniature furnishings represent a romantic view of the life of a large and affluent American family in the early 1900s.

The First Ladies

Learn how first ladies have shaped the role of first lady as the role of women in society evolved. On view are more than two dozen gowns, including those worn by Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Peacock Room Comes to America

Restored to its appearance in 1908, the Peacock Room's special exhibition highlights "points of contacts" between American and Asian art.

The Sant Ocean Hall

Dive in with Phoenix—a model of an actual North Atlantic right whale—and discover how the ocean is a global system essential to all life in this exhibition featuring hundreds of preserved marine specimens, a living coral reef, and many interactive displays.

The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age

This exhibition presents the Wrights' technical achievements and examines the cultural impact of early powered flight.

Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There

This exhibition reveals why a good clock is crucial to navigation -- for 18th-century mariners to current-day GPS users -- and how increasingly accurate timekeeping has influenced how we find our way.

Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing

View Chinese artist Xu Bing's seminal, best-known piece A Book from the Sky (Tianshu), along with books, scrolls, and wall posters all using 2,000 unreadable imitation "Chinese characters" that were invented by the artist to express humankind's struggle with communication.

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AnimalCams Live Video Stream

Take a virtual visit to the National Zoo any day of the week by tuning into our live Web cams, which feature many of the Zoo's animals.

Dinosaurs!

Learn about the Smithsonian's dinosaurs with everything you want to know--including the top 10 misconceptions.

Invention Stories

Explore the stories of inventors, both famous and little-known, whose creative habits of mind began in childhood play and resulted in a variety of useful contributions.

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists

Follow the Lewis and Clark trail, and discover the flora and fauna as they described it along the way.

Lewis and Clark: Mapping the West

This site features online access to Lewis and Clark maps and other primary resources, and provides related activities and lesson plans.

Life of a Vertebrate Fossil

Follow what paleontologists do in each stage in the life of a vertebrate fossil.


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