smithsonian Soon, you’ll be able sit where the astronauts sat on the historic 1969 trip to the moon.
Our 3D team recently wrapped up scanning the Apollo 11 Command Module at our @airandspacemuseum (more on their discovery of astronaut graffiti in yesterday’s post). They’ll have an interactive, printable 3D model available at 3d.si.edu in June, but you can get a preview in this video to tide you over.
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smithsonian Today we announced big news about the Apollo 11 Command Module at our @airandspacemuseum.
When our 3D team scanned the object, they found a set of markings that hadn’t been seen in the nearly 50 years since the historic moon landing—a discovery of astronaut graffiti.
It includes some notes, figures and this hand-drawn calendar likely created by the crew during flight.
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smithsonian This animated artwork introduces itself. Agnieszka Polska's “I Am the Mouth” features a large set of lips (the artist’s) against soft waves.
You can see it, plus more works that explore the relationship between the digital and the physical during this high-tech era in #SuspendedAnimation, a new exhibition open now at our @hirshhorn.
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smithsonian We’re getting into the #MardiGras spirit with this headdress in the collection of our Anacostia Community Museum. It’s part of a costume that was worn by the honorary grand marshal of the New Orleans parade in 2004. 5d

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smithsonian Happy #LunarNewYear! In honor of the #YearOfTheMonkey, “Monkey on a Stick” by Anna Hyatt Huntington from our @americanartmuseum. For more holiday festivity and facts, follow our Asian Pacific American Center @smithsonianapa 6d

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smithsonian Now that’s a super bowl. Get your snacks ready for the big game with this 1990s bowl from our @amhistorymuseum. #SuperBowl #SuperBowl50 1w
  •   bayougirl76 I agree @elipdx73 geez 1w
  •   fenelson2 A cheap plastic bowl is being preserved by the Smithsonian? Very sad. 1w
  •   peralta182 @lostnthestacks You see what they did there? 1w
  •   mommadnk Pathetic item to take up space in such a wonderful museum! Let the NFL collect this incredible "artifact".... 1w
  •   amhistorymuseum @fenelson2 @mommadnk It may not look like much, but this object is an important part of our #FoodHistory exhibition. In one exhibit section, we look at the rise of snacking in American food culture. Not far from Julia Child’s kitchen, we trace dramatic changes in how and what Americans have eaten in the last 50 years. Super Bowl snacking IS part of American history, although maybe not as exciting to some as other objects you can find in the museum. While we collect very old stuff, we also collect and display more recent objects as well. Very soon, we’re sending two curators to New Hampshire to collect objects that represent contemporary political history. - Erin, National Museum of American History 1w
  •   akhemmings @amhistorymuseum well said:) 1w

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smithsonian Getting the angle just right, pre-Instagram. #ThrowbackThursday to our early 20th-century photography lab, where apparently skulls were in the spotlight.
Photo from Smithsonian Institution Archives #tbt
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smithsonian #CurrentMood in DC today 🌧
Wind and Rain, woodblock print by Bertha Lum, from the Robert O. Muller Collection of our @freersackler
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smithsonian It’s official! Our National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public Sept. 24, 2016. Follow them at @nmaahc as we #BuildNMAAHC. 2w
  •   anniecampbellvonbelcher 🏽️Wow, maybe some people need to learn to look beyond their own unnecessary aesthetic judgements to be able to appreciate that this long awaited museum just begins to fill a gaping hole in a city filled with monuments to the "achievements" of white people. 2w
  •   smithsonian @hhdog83, @christopherjstephens and @the_peckocalypse: We’re sorry you don’t like the design. @nmaahc’s design was a collaboration of four firms that formed Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR. The tiered structure is inspired by a traditional African wooden column that has a crown at the top, while reaching toward the sky as an expression of faith, hope and resiliency. The panels on the exterior are made to look like ironwork created by slaves in New Orleans in the 19th century. 2w
  •   christopherjstephens @smithsonian knowing the inspiration of the design doesn't make it any less ugly. It completely disrespects the decades of work that kept the Mall free of such poor design choices. You have effectively destroyed one if the most important public sites in the nation. Shame on you. 2w
  •   matthewknightl An image in Mark Duerksen's blog illustrates the inspiration for the outer facade of the building clearly. See here: http://markduerksen.com/tag/yoruba/ . My question: have they applied the final "bronze" finish to the panels already? 2w
  •   hhdog83 I appreciate the reply! Thanks :-) 2w
  •   m.x.r.d @christopherjstephens don't be so closed minded! A city is always growing! It's eye catching to see something so different and unique. And the inspiration behind the building design is beautiful. 1w
  •   holtarose The necessity and importance -undisputable! The design -has grown on me as time passes. The place where it is -unfitted! Blocks the view and looks odd whether you are on Constitution or the mall. Alas! 1w
  •   extra_chrispy7 I want to go to there 1w

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smithsonian On this day in 1960, four black students sat down at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, asked for service and started a movement.
The peaceful protest of Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil and David L. Richmond — along with the hundreds of community members who followed suit — led to the desegregation of the counter on July 25.
A piece of the lunch counter is now in the collection of our @amhistorymuseum.
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smithsonian It may be cold outside, but we feel warm just looking at these beauties from the @smithsoniangardens #orchid collection.
Top (L to R): Guarianthe bowringiana and Cattleya purpurata. Bottom: Brassavola nodosa
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smithsonian Meet baby Charlotte, a porcupette born Oct. 5 at @smithsonianzoo.
How do we find out whether a baby porcupine is a Charlotte or a Charlie? Through her quills.
The Zoo’s Genetics Lab can tell the sex of a prehensile-tailed porcupine by checking chromosomes in the quills. Without genetic testing, we’d have to wait about a year (when the animal reaches sexual maturity) to find out.
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smithsonian Today we went behind the scenes in @amhistorymuseum’s #PoliticalHistory collection, getting a look at some of the thousands of objects dating from before the Revolutionary War through just last week.
This dress from the collection, covered with an “Ike” print, was worn by an Eisenhower supporter.
Curators look for items that show how Americans interact with democracy—and people often express their point of view through what they wear. More than only signs and ballots, political history includes fashion too.
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smithsonian This looks familiar.
A Winter Morning–Shovelling Out for Every Saturday, 1871, by Winslow Homer from our @americanartmuseum.
#DCsnow #DCdigout #blizzard2016
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smithsonian We feel you, guy at the Castle almost 100 years ago.
Our D.C.-area museums and the @smithsonianzoo remain closed today, Jan. 25, after #blizzard2016. As soon as we know our opening status for the rest of the week, we’ll post on Twitter (@smithsonian) and update si.edu.
Photo: Knickerbocker Snowstorm Hits Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 1922, from Smithsonian Institution Archives.
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smithsonian We got a little snow last night in DC, with lots more predicted for the next few days. ️ For the status of our museums this weekend, you can check our Twitter account @smithsonian or website, si.edu. 3w

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smithsonian A Sunday school class in Augusta, Maine made this quilt in 1863 to give warmth and comfort to Civil War soldiers. The girls included more than 150 handwritten inscriptions, from riddles to Bibles verses, offering encouragement.
The quilt made its way to a DC hospital. It survived the war and is now in our collection.
This year, our @amhistorymuseum is sharing objects that illustrate how Americans have participated in their culture and democracy, working together to create change and achieve goals. #AmericaParticipates
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smithsonian Look into this artwork and you’ll see yourself reflected in the small mirrored windows.
Surrounded by plenty of glitter, Joseph Cornell’s "Untitled (Pink Palace)," 1946, shows a grand building set back in the woods. It’s one of many of Cornell’s pieces that explore themes of fairy tales and a world different from his own.
You can see this piece in our @hirshhorn’s #MarvelousObjects exhibition, where it’s on loan from @americanartmuseum.
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smithsonian Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Here he is greeting supporters in Baltimore after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Martin Luther King Jr. by Leonard Freed, gelatin silver print, 1964. @smithsoniannpg.
#MLK #MLKDay
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smithsonian Looks like someone came prepared for #NationalHatDay. "Hat and Shadow" by Alice Pike Barney, from our @americanartmuseum 4w

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