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Smithsonian Asks Judge’s Help With Bug Collection

Entomologist Carl J. Drake spent his life studying bugs. When he died in 1965, he left his life savings and his vast insect collection to the Smithsonian. But now Drake’s will has become something of a pest.

06/13/2014

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Smithsonian Names Director For Hirshhorn Museum

The Smithsonian has named Melissa Chiu, a museum leader for the Asia Society in New York City, as the next director of the Hirshhorn Museum for modern and contemporary art in Washington.

06/06/2014

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Star-Spangled Banner Manuscript Will Join Flag At Smithsonian

Its home is the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, but the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner is about to leave town for a little while.

05/27/2014

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Smithsonian To Fly Drones For ‘Future’ Festival

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future.

05/14/2014

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Smithsonian Makes Deal To Offer Online Courses

The Smithsonian Institution is venturing further into online education with a new deal to provide content for digital courses in history, science, culture and the arts, the museum complex announced Monday.

05/05/2014

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Smithsonian’s Dinosaur Hall Closed For $48M Jurassic Overhaul

Closed for repairs. The dinosaur hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has shut down for five years.

04/28/2014

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Zoo Launches ‘Endangered Song’ To Help Save Tigers

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo wants to highlight the dwindling number of 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild by launching an “endangered song” on Earth Day.

04/22/2014

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Smithsonian To Host Summer Sleepovers For Students

A “Night at the Museum” will be a reality for students at the Smithsonian this summer.

04/20/2014

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T. Rex Gets New Home In Smithsonian Dinosaur Hall

More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. Rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana.

04/15/2014

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Mickey Rooney Portrait Installed At Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has installed a photograph of entertainer Mickey Rooney with his frequent co-star Judy Garland to honor the late actor at the museum in Washington.

04/10/2014

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Air And Space Museum Reopens After Evacuation

Museum officials say the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has reopened after being evacuated when a suspicious briefcase was found near an unconscious person in one of the galleries.

03/26/2014

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Hirshhorn Gift To Fund Contemporary Art Purchases

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum has received a $1 million gift to fund the acquisition of paintings and drawings by contemporary American and British artists.

03/25/2014

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