Smithsonian museum exhibits winner and finalists in portrait competition

WASHINGTON – This year’s winner of the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery is artist Alison Elizabeth Taylor with her marquetry hybrid work titled “Anthony Cuts Under the Williamsburg Bridge, Morning.”  As first-prize winner,…

Smithsonian’s chief says more museums must wait, maintenance is top priority

WASHINGTON – As the public demand for new museums increases, the Smithsonian Institution’s chief says his top priority is getting on top of a huge maintenance backlog at the world’s largest museum and research complex before he considers expanding.  Smithsonian…

Workers tackle strange substance that has dirtied Jefferson Memorial

WASHINGTON – One hundred and twenty-nine feet above the ground, the dome of the Jefferson Memorial yields panoramic views of the White House, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial from across the Tidal Basin.  But these views are not accessible…

New Amur tiger at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian National Zoological Park on March 1 welcomed a new Amur tiger to its “Great Cats” exhibit in a conservation effort to increase the population of the critically endangered subspecies. If all goes well, 6-year-old Nikita will…

Federal workers to get back pay, but tales of woe mount

WASHINGTON – Furloughed federal workers will be compensated for the time they spent working without pay, thanks to a bill sponsored by Maryland’s senators and signed into law Wednesday by President Donald Trump. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Democratic Sen.…

National Zoo soon will wave bye-bye to Bao Bao

WASHINGTON — Bao Bao, born pink, blind and hairless and who has become a beloved animal of the National Zoo, will be leaving for China this winter. The zoo has an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association under which…

Bei Bei Plays, the Crowds Keep Coming to National Zoo

This year’s arrival of new baby panda is delighting tens of thousands of visitors

Smithsonian’s $82 Million Budget Increase Gives Hill Pause

Smithsonian said it needs to begin work on massive renovation of National Air and Space Museum.

African American Museum Kicks Off Countdown to 2016 Grand Opening

To kick off the year-long countdown to its grand opening, the museum hosted a three-night event last month to celebrate the anniversaries of three major milestones in African American history.

National Fossil Day Hosted at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Several students from around the region gathered at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to celebrate National Fossil Day.