The Smithsonian Is Finally Getting Crowdfunding Right

On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and… »7/23/15 3:50pm7/23/15 3:50pm

The Smithsonian's New App Brings Museum Skeletons and Fossils To Life

Like it or not, museums can be boring places for kids to explore. Outside of a T-rex, fossils and skeletons are only interesting once you've got a few years of school under your belt. But don't worry, kids, the Smithsonian has got your back during field trips with a new iOS app called Skin & Bones that brings fossils… »1/13/15 2:36pm1/13/15 2:36pm

The Smithsonian's Fantastic Plan to Transform the National Mall

There's no better way to get peoples' attention than by calling a national landmark "a completely overblown toilet." That's how the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels put it last year, describing part of the Smithsonian campus at the southern end of the mall. Today, the architect revealed his plan to fix the area. »11/13/14 11:40am11/13/14 11:40am

The Smithsonian Is Uploading Its Lost Treasures to the Internet

With over 137 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens in its collections, the Smithsonian can't display even one percent of that at any given time. Many historically significant pieces won't go on display in our lifetimes and other likely won't ever see the light of day again. But their replicants will. »11/13/13 9:00am11/13/13 9:00am

Presidential Hair and Plymouth Pebbles: The Illicit Souvenirs of Yore

Stealthily pocketing an actual, physical piece of a national monument is a modern-day no-no. But back in the day, it was pretty common to sneak a little something special to remember your trip by. The bizarre souvenirs that remain give us a glimpse at how tourists of the past memorialized their experiences. »8/19/13 3:01pm8/19/13 3:01pm

RIP Spidernaut: The Space-Traveling Arachnid Is Dead

Her name was Nefertiti. Her species was Phidippus johnsoni. She was the first jumping spider to make it all the way to space and live to tell about it. After spending 100 days aboard the ISS, she successfully readjusted to life on earth where she enjoyed just five days of retirement at the National Museum of Natural… »12/04/12 11:45am12/04/12 11:45am