This 50-foot prehistoric giant great white shark was imposing. Its species name means “big tooth.” Three guesses what this monster used for hunting.
Haunted by the traces that the human body leaves behind, the work amasses personal memories through an accumulation of nearly 400 individual shoes. Collected by the artist, each shoe comes with a note from the donor describing lost individuals and past moments.
Scientists can often anticipate volcanic activity through a series of small earthquakes below the surface of a volcano or when a volcano inflates, like a balloon. But there is one type of volcanic eruption that can be near impossible for scientists to anticipate.
Stadium lighting was still rare in 1934 when artist Morris Kantor saw this night baseball game in West Nyack, New York. Minor league, Negro League, and exhibition stadiums like this one used portable or permanent lighting for night games. This meant that people lucky enough to have jobs could now go to games after work, and the extra revenue helped struggling clubs survive.The baseball field gave isolated Americans a place to take comfort in the crowd.
A handmade stamp canceling device once used the postal service.
Shoes worn by famed Afro-Cuban vocalist Celia Cruz.
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Abraham Lincoln's gold watch.
When you are standing next to a Japanese folding screen. This delicate Japanese art form often depicts a story in progress. This screen shows cherry blossoms in early spring. A rope strung around the trees holds up large, ornate brocades. The cloth acts as curtains to block off the area for a blossom-viewing party.
Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal.
The rolled leaf beetle C. alternans
Happy American Archives Month! The Smithsonian Institution Archives staff show us how the Smithsonian has been crowd sourcing for 165 years.
Swarna is one of the National Zoo’s three new female Asian elephants.
Baseball autographed by Babe Ruth, 1926.
Natural chocolate is actually a reddish color. Chocolate didn't turn brown until chemists got their hands on it.
An olivine crystal from the Pacific Ocean.
The Dom Pedro aquamarine.
Surprisingly, Lovelace never met her poet father due to a parental squabble. In fact, her overprotective mother sheltered her from the arts and nudged her to pursue math and science. Lovelace is best known for translating and adding to notes about Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, including a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers; this is widely consider to be the script for the first computer program.
The Apollo Lunar Module number 2
The Natural History Museum's new interactive learning space.
At the turn of the 20th century, the majority of baseball players sported mustaches. But by the 1930s, fuzzy upper lips were frowned upon in the major leagues. The idea was to make the game more appealing to families, by keeping the boys clean-shaven and well groomed.
Ancient bones from an endangered seabird, the Hawaiian petrel.
Dancers celebrate the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.
Meet Homo floresiensis, nicknamed “hobbit” because of its short stature and large feet. This early human species lived on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Its body and brain were very small, probably due to the scarce resources available on the one island where it’s been found so far.
A male purple-throated carib hummingbird.
Sugar skulls from a Day of the Dead celebration.
Companies pay millions to broadcast innovative ads during the Super Bowl. In 1984, Apple promised in its Super Bowl XVIII spot that when its Macintosh was released, “you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984’.” The “Classic” Macintosh PC introduced clickable icons (with the newly introduced “mouse”) to open programs instead of typing out program commands.
You can 3D print a model of a supernova made from Smithsonian data. It is one of 23 collection items that have been 3D scanned and data made available for download by the Smithsonian 3D Digitization team.
National Postal Museum Atrium
The ensemble worn by Marian Anderson for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
A Norway Rat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
With a list jotted down on a scrap of paper, Pablo Picasso listed the European artists he recommended for the 1913 Armory Show. With phonetic spelling, Picasso recommended Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Leger and Juan Gris, among others.
The variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
“Stephanocyathus (A.) spiniger,” a solitary, deep-water coral species.
It can! In this case, a fear of iguanas can be an inspiration to explore identity in pictures. Karen Miranda Rivadeneira is a Latina artist featured in the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition, Portraiture Now: Staging the Self. Karen uses photography to explore the intersection between memory and identity.
Katydids! Their front wings have special structures that can be rubbed together to make sounds. They hear these sounds with flat patches on their legs that act as ears.
The Freer Gallery's renowned Peacock Room.
A Volkswagen Beetle named "Vochol®" was decorated by indigenous craftsmen.
The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.
A Jungle Nymph at the O. Orkin Insect Zoo.
When wearing the Armbrust cup. This odd device, worn over the face, converts condensation from breath into drinking water. Renowned pilot Charles Lindbergh always took one with him on flights over the ocean in case of an emergency landing.
At The National Postal Museum, visitors can create their own stamp collection on topics that interest them most. Interactive stations also allow visitors to create their own stamp designs.
A witch hazel tree in Smithsonian's Ripley Garden.
A guitar from Smithsonian's vast musical instrument collection.
Presidents and prehistoric swimming: Discover sloths in a whole new way!
Few have witnessed the flamboyant courtship displays of Papua New Guinea's Flame Bowerbird. Hidden in the dense jungles, the bird's extraordinary mating ritual has captured the interest of wildlife experts across the world.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall.
This photo is one of 100 that make up the “American Cool” exhibition at the Portrait Gallery.
The Smithsonian honors the musical legacy of Coltrane during Jazz Appreciation month.
If you were a pirate, not much. Being constantly at sea meant little food and a lot of mold, so pirates mostly survived on a diet of dried meats and, you guessed it, rum.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction.
May 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut with DC Comics.
70% of the world's people live in the coastal zone. Join the fight for this guy.
Yes. Massive pesticides used for growing coffee on plantations can immediately affect tropical forests and the birds that live there. Luckily, some coffee growers are using shade-grown coffee, which plays a key role in environmental conservation and for migratory birds.
Lady slipper orchids are just some of the varieties in the exhibition “Orchids of Latin America.”
This is the smallest shark, a dwarf lantern shark – smaller than a person's hand!
Yes. In ancient Egypt, amulets made of stone often represented sacred animals, including cats. Amulets were believed to give their owners magical protection from evil forces.
This folk art guitar has a two chambers for stashing strings, picks or snacks
Venus fly-trap anemone, deep in the Gulf of Mexico
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has illustrated the energy distribution of our universe by using a jar of jelly beans, mostly black. Dark energy and dark matter (black jelly beans) take up most of the Universe.
Abraham Lincoln's life mask by sculptor Clark Mills, 1865
Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji: an icon in Japanese art
Both grew out of communities that were innovation hotbeds—the microchip from Silicon Valley and hip-hop from the Bronx. By building primitive song mixers, constructing speakers out of trash cans and hacking power from street lights, early MCs in the 1970s’ Bronx demonstrated problem solving, risk taking and creativity, inventing a new style of American music. The Smithsonian studies how inventive communities form and impact culture.