smithsonian A view of the Castle from the Haupt Garden this morning. It is the first #snow day in Washington D.C. this winter, but our museums are still open. (@smithsonianzoo closed to visitors) 3w

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smithsonian Want this Hokusai Thunder god as your phone wallpaper? @freersackler has digitized its entire collection and made it available online. They've also sized some of their high res images for easy download for phone, tablets & desktop wall paper: Go to open.asia.si.edu to browse the entire collection. Find wallpaper downloads under "resources >> digital downloads"

#openfs
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Thunder god; Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849); Japan, Edo period, 1847; ink and color on paper; Gift of Charles Lang Freer; Freer Gallery of Art, F1900.47
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smithsonian Thank you for making 2014 great! We look forward to sharing more behind-the-scenes, artifacts, research and much more with you. Here’s a round-up of your favorites this year. What would you like to see from us in 2015? 1mon

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smithsonian The #Colbert Report may have come to an end, but @StephenColbert’s portrait will live on in our @smithsoniannpg (through April 19). The portrait will be installed today at 4 p.m. near the museum’s America’s Presidents exhibition. 1mon

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smithsonian #TBT The Smithsonian Skating Team practicing at @NGADC’s skating rink December 3, 1980. Via @smithsonianarchives
Pictured here are Gary Sturm, a specialist in the @amhistorymuseum’s Division of Musical Instruments, Christine Smith, a paper conservator at @npg, Betty Walker, a secretary at the @hirshhorn, Lydia Paley, a museum technician in the @NMNH Discovery Room, and Martha Goodway, a metallurgist for the Conservation Analytical Lab

We no longer have a skating team, but we're thinking we should bring it back.
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smithsonian This menorah from @amhistorymuseum was made in 1986 by German immigrant Manfred Anson. And yes, those are small Statue of Liberty figures with words and dates representing events in Jewish history under them. Each Statue of Liberty torch holds a candle.
#HappyHanukkah #jewishhistory
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smithsonian #Regram from @levi_higgs from yesterday's #EmptyCooperHewitt tour. Our @cooperhewitt National Design Museum won't be empty any longer. It reopens today after being closed for a 3-year long renovation. 1mon

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smithsonian A dreary day leads to a beautiful #rainbow over the @smithsoniannmnh 2mon

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smithsonian Space shuttle design concepts at @airandspacemuseum. @nasa originally wanted to develop a fully reusable launch vehicle, but budget cuts meant they instead had to build a partially reusable spaceplane. 3mon

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smithsonian Tales from the Smithsonian Crypt. Our actual crypt. Our founder James Smithson is buried in our Castle Building. #HappyHalloween 3mon

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smithsonian How can you save your killer 'grams for the ages? Head on over to our Facebook page where our archivists are holing a q&a on saving your treasures. Even those born digital. facebook.com/smithsonian 3mon

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smithsonian "You're posing with this monkey on your shoulder and you're going to like it" Queen Henrietta Maria w Sir Jeffrey Hudson, Sir Anthony Van Dyke, 1633 #atnga_lookingtogether 3mon

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smithsonian No need for filter with chiaroscuro. The Repentant Magdalene, Georges de la Tour 1640 #nofilter #atnga_lookingtogether 3mon

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smithsonian Picasso's portrait of Pedro Mañach. His white shirt has hints of blue, green and yellow. #slowart #atnga_lookingtogether 3mon

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smithsonian Today we're supporting our friends at @ngadc for their Instameet! Follow along on your lunch hour with the hashtag #atnga_lookingtogether and explore how users can creatively use Instagram during museum visits. 3mon

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smithsonian #tbt to when staff wore suits and ties while they prepared taxidermy. 3mon

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smithsonian #regram from our @amhistorymuseum: Remembering the legacy of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta today. He designed this two-piece dress, constructed of gilt feathers attached to a silk top and a gold lame skirt. Oscar de la Renta was born in 1932, the son of a Dominican Republic insurance agent. While studying to become a painter, he began sketching for Spanish fashion houses to help pay for his studies. He first thought seriously about a career in fashion when he designed a debutante gown for the daughter of the US Ambassador to Spain, John Cabot Lodge. #fashion #OscardelaRenta 3mon

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smithsonian A very quick #Hyperlapse through some of the newly reopened 3rd floor galleries @hirshhorn! We highly suggest coming and seeing it all for yourself at a slower pace! 3mon

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smithsonian #Repost from @amhistorymuseum ---
Def Jam brought you music by LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Warren G, the Beastie Boys, Foxy Brown, DMX, Jay Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna. Today, the record label turns 30.
In our collection, this 1997 "Spring Breaks and Beats" cassette.
We're curious: who is your favorite Def Jam artist?

#HipHop #REGULATORS #OldSchool
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smithsonian Our @hirshhorn is so hip they have #kale growing in their garden planters. See more fall planting at @smithsoniangardens 4mon

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