As curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, we are regularly confronted by hard physical evidence of just how slippery the past can be.
Beneath the National Museum of American History, floodwaters are intruding into collection rooms, a consequence of a warming planet. A fix remains years away.
Hundreds of thousands of white flags honor the more than 670,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus.
From an enormous roundup of Black American portraits to a two-city retrospective of Jasper Johns, the new art season is buzzing again — and as busy as it ever was.
“Our Shared Future: Reckoning With Our Racial Past” will begin with a livestreamed program Thursday and expand to communities across the country.
Daguerreotypes by James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington are the centerpiece of a collection that could rewrite the early history of American photography.
As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.
Loretta Staples, a U.I. designer in the 1980s and ’90s, had a front-row seat to the rise of personal computing.
After painting a portrait of Taylor, whose killing by police helped galvanize national protests, the artist decided she wanted the work to live on in public.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.
Arizona has allowed its museums to remain open despite a deadly outbreak, while in cities and states with far fewer cases, the doors have been closed.
The cub had a live birth and a social media following — everything, it seemed, but a name. Until now.
Our stories still don’t have a permanent home in our nation’s capital.
At the National Archives Museum, the president warned against a “radical movement” that has emerged from “decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.”
It took generations of women — mothers and daughters, leaders and followers — to secure the 19th Amendment.
Plans for a museum devoted to the history and contributions of Latinos in the United States began forming in the 2000s, but legislation had not gained traction in Congress until now.
Monuments and memorials should present an honest version of the nation’s contradictory story. The Biden campaign can seize this historical moment.
Lonnie Bunch, who oversees a host of museums and libraries, says the role of cultural institutions is to make people “feel comfortable with nuance and complexity.”
His monumental dictionary, after years of fieldwork, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.
Curators surveyed the area outside the White House on Wednesday for artifacts that will help record the emotional turmoil.
Science and children’s museums are studying how to rethink their many tactile exhibits to keep people safe.
It also may herald the return of wearable tech.
Even before the world went into lockdown, a team at the Smithsonian was gathering artifacts of a global pandemic for posterity.