One of the more popular items in the Smithsonian’s vast collection of Americana is a pair of Dorothy’s original ruby slippers from the classic 1939 MGM musical. Now the museum is working on a conservation effort, and they’d love for you to chip in on the bill.
Perhaps one of America’s most evocatively named places, the Great Dismal Swamp—which straddles the Virginia/North Carolina border—is mean as hell. But the snakes, bears, and the near-inaccessibility made it a refuge for escaped slaves and their descendants.
Like so many of us, the Smithsonian has been collecting cosmetics for decades, except out of historical interest rather than laziness and fond memories of that frosted blue eyeshadow from junior-senior. And now, you can poke through their holdings from the comfort of your own home.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is planning an exhibition of Bill Cosby’s entertainment career, and people, understandably, are pissed.
Via the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, here’s a family settling into Thanksgiving dinner in 1950.
Today in About Damn Time: the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery uncloaked a portrait featuring the women of the United States Supreme Court, past and present. As of November 2, 2015, the painting hangs in the Washington, D.C. gallery.
Survive enough November 1 hangovers and you’ll be forced to face the fact that Halloween is best experienced as a dorky, candy-heavy good time with a heavy dose of creepiness and an undercurrent of decay. One group doing it right: Museums and libraries, who are taking this holiday as an opportunity to post all their…
On Wednesday, Bill Cosby lost his most recent attempt to keep himself out of court and away from answering questions under oath in yet another sexual battery case.
The downfall of alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby continues: On Tuesday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, which displays Cosby’s art collection, announced it will swap a sign crediting the comedian with another promoting the artists instead.
Paging you genealogy enthusiasts: there’s a project currently in the works to digitize all the records of the Freedman’s Bureau—a pretty major development for anybody tracing her African American roots. And you can help!
The Smithsonian announced Tuesday that, should you be planning a trip to one of their affiliated institutions, you might as well just leave your dumb selfie stick at home because they're not allowing them anymore.
Attention, attention, this is important: feast your eyes upon video footage of 16-month-old panda cub Bao Bao tumbling around in today's snow at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Via Chris Geidner, this video marks Bao Bao's first encounter with the stuff, resulting in high-quality frolicking.
Sloth bears are typically praised in the human community for their slow-moving nature and weird long claws. But one mother sloth bear is ruining that good will and pushing the limits of human patience by eating her own sloth bear babies.
Break out the pink cigars (NOT A EUPHEMISM, KEVIN) and the unattainable beauty standards—the Smithsonian Zoo just announced that their newborn baby panda is a girl! Born August 23, the cub is reportedly squeaky and healthy, and paternity tests determined that her father is the Smithsonian's own Tian Tian. (Her mother,…
The Smithsonian took some time off today from categorizing their robust stamp collection to announce that scientists have discovered a new animal that is being described as a house cat crossed with a teddy bear. Cool description, except a teddy bear isn't actually a real animal, guys.
Lucky for Edna Murphey, people attending an exposition in Atlantic City during the summer of 1912 got hot and sweaty.
We tend to think that romance and relationships have gotten more complicated as we tumble further into the world of Grindr apps and online dating. Gone are the days when you'd be asked to go steady by a nervous boy on your parents' porch well before curfew, the days when marriages lasted for 50 years, the days when…
Have you enjoyed your daily cry yet today? If you're not in the mood for an emotional roller coaster right now, it's probably best to avoid this heart-wrenching scene from 1979's The Champ at all costs. The movie is a remake of a 1931 Oscar-winning film of the same name, telling the story of a washed-up boxer (Jon…
The image of Farrah that hung in millions of dude's bedrooms is being preserved for posterity. Ryan O'Neal is donating Farrah's iconic red swimsuit, a 1977 Farrah doll, and Charlie's Angels scripts to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.