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This 1945 handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows the rescuing of art from Buxheim Monastery, Bavaria, Photographs, maps and records from the real corps of soldiers known as “Monuments Men” who were tasked with protecting European cultural sites and recovering looted art during World War II are going on display in Washington, many for the first time. (AP Photo/Edward E. Adams, Smithsonian Institution)

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This 1945 handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows the rescuing of art from Buxheim Monastery, Bavaria, Photographs, maps and records from the real corps of soldiers known as “Monuments Men” who were tasked with protecting European cultural sites and recovering looted art during World War II are going on display in Washington, many for the first time. (AP Photo/Edward E. Adams, Smithsonian Institution)

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This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution, taken in Nov. 2008, shows a family viewing the Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. The original, handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the flag that inspired the song’s lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, what is believed to be the first time the historic pieces have been shown side-by-side, on Flag Day, June 14, through July 6. (AP Photo/Hugh Talman, Smithsonian Institution)

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** FILE ** This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution, taken in November 2008, shows a family viewing the Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. (AP Photo/Hugh Talman, Smithsonian Institution)

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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows a three-dimensional rendering of Abraham Lincoln’s life mask, held at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. the Smithsonian is launching a new 3D viewer online Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, to give people a closer look at artifacts in their own homes. (AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution)

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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows a three-dimensional rendering of Abraham Lincoln’s life mask, held at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. the Smithsonian is launching a new 3D viewer online Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, to give people a closer look at artifacts in their own homes. (AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution)

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Cranes soar above a worksite as construction continues on The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture which will open in 2015, in Washington, DC Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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JACQUELINE KENNEDY by Boris Chaliapin Gouache, watercolor and pencil on board 1960-61 Sight: 44.5 x 31.1 cm (17 1/2 x 12 1/4") Mat (Verified): 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22") National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine NPG.78.TC498

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JULIA CHILD by Boris Chaliapin Tempera on board 1966 Image (Verified): 34.3 x 24.8cm (13 1/2 x 9 3/4") National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time Magazine NPG.78.TC303

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ALTHEA GIBSON by Boris Chaliapin Watercolor and pencil on board 1957 Sight: 62.3 x 46.3 cm (24 1/2 x 18 1/4") Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22") National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time Magazine NPG.78.TC406

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**FILE** In this undated photo released by the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building is seen in Washington. (Associated Press/Smithsonian Institution)

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**FILE** In this undated photo released by the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building is seen in Washington. (Associated Press/Smithsonian Institution)

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Nam June Paik, "Untitled (Robot)" [PaikBot], 1992, single-channel video in robot-shaped assemblage of televisions, radio- and stereo-system parts, and metal hardware, with additions in paint; color, silent, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate, © Nam June Paik Estate

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Nam June Paik, "Megatron/Matrix", 1995, eight- channel video installation with custom electronics; color, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Barney A. Ebsworth, Nelson C. White, and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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On Friday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in conjunction with the African American History and Culture Museum, will open a new exhibit that tells the story of civil rights in America through significant objects, such as Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation that Union soldiers distributed to blacks during the Civil War.

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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)