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  • 2nd inaugural fashion set for presidential library

    While a first lady's first inaugural gown is traditionally donated to the Smithsonian, Michelle Obama's second inaugural gown is destined to be among the first objects in a future Obama presidential library.

  • Museum: Mars Day
Mars, the planet, is not the selling point it once was. Edgar Rice Burroughs' turn-of-the-twentieth tales about John Carter and the red planet Barsoom" satiated the appetites of young Americans hungry for stories about space. Today, movies about space--like "John Carter," "Prometheus," "Mars Needs Moms," "Apollo 18"--are commercial flops. Perhaps it's the economy; space travel feels downright irresponsible at a time of record deficits. Or maybe the lack of interest in our planetary cousins is due to the fact that no fantasized-about alien technology can compete with what's currently available at the Apple store. Regardless of the root of our disinterest, the Smithsonian is not giving up its quest for our attention. At Mars Day!, visitors young and old can talk to people whose job it is to plot future human missions to the red planet and monitor the travel of Curiosity, the rover being sent to replace Spirit and Opportunity (may they rest in pieces).Friday July 13 at the National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW. Phone: 202/633-1000. Web:

    EDITORIAL: Spaced out at the Smithsonian

    Accustomed to free access to Smithsonian museums, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum's center in Chantilly can be taken aback by the hefty $15 parking fee.

  • Artist Nam June Paik used electronics in inventive and goofy ways

    Nam June Paik has been rightly called the George Washington of the video art movement. The South Korean-born artist, who died in 2006 at age 73, led a revolution in embracing television and electronics during the early 1960s to create provocative, quirky and influential works.

  • The Civil War as artists saw it

    The Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibition, "The Civil War and American Art," which opens today, has two stars. One is the enslaved black American; the other is Winslow Homer.

  • Where are all the space shuttles now?

    The last of NASA's space shuttles to fly, Atlantis, is the last to move to its new retirement home, just 10 miles away at Kennedy Space Center's main tourist site. A look at each of the shuttles in the order they flew, including the test model.

  • Smithsonian reopening in DC, no major storm damage

    The Smithsonian Institution's museums and National Zoo are reopening in Washington after shutting their doors for two days because of superstorm Sandy.

  • Smithsonian to reopen with no major storm damage

    The Smithsonian Institution's museums and National Zoo are reopening on the National Mall after shutting their doors for two days because of superstorm Sandy.

  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets Smithsonian showcase

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

  • Smithsonian to lend Dorothy's ruby slippers to UK

    Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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