smithsonian The Bell X-1, the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of sound (piloted by Chuck Yeager), is being scanned in 3D by our Digitization Program Office. Soon you'll be able to explore, download and 3D print a model of this artifact from 3d.si.edu

Also now is your chance to get a unique view of the Bell X-1, SpaceShipOne and the Spirit of St. Louis at our @airandspacemuseum. All three planes have been lowered to the ground for the next month for conservation work and 3D scanning.
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smithsonian It’s #cherryblossom season in Washington D.C. so we gave “Cherry Blossom Flurry at Kambayashi Hot Spring” by Kasamatsu Shiro the #animatedGIF treatment.
Our @freersackler holds many Japanese artworks that feature cherry blossoms, which Japanese poets have long associated with the transience and shortness of life.
This is one of more than 40,000 artworks in their collection that has been fully digitized and made available in high resolution for download as part of the #OpenFS initiative. Explore more artworks at asia.si.edu
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smithsonian But if you still need your #cherryblossoms fix, our weeping cherry won't disappoint @smithsoniangardens 4w

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smithsonian The #cherryblossoms at the tidal basin aren't yet at full bloom but our saucer magnolias sure are. See the loveliness in our Haupt Garden @smithsoniangardens 4w

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smithsonian Here’s our Easter Basket containing various eggs from the collection, from left going clockwise: ⠀

Fossilized crocodile eggs from the Cretaceous period from @smithsonianNMNH

An egg-shaped ornament, originally from Egypt, dating to 404-399 B.C.E. from @freersackler

A broach representing a bird, nest and egg created by Joseph E Senungetuk, Inupiaq (Alaskan Inupiat Eskimo) from @smithsonianNMNAI

A prop egg from the movie Alien from @amhistorymuseum

#eggcellent #easterbasket
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smithsonian #tbt to our @hirshhorn under construction on Dec 14, 1972. The museum celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Stop on by and #FindYourH 1mon
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smithsonian Often confused with #cherryblossoms, the saucer magnolias in the Haupt Garden are just as breathtaking in full bloom...which should be in two weeks or so @smithsoniangardens 1mon

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smithsonian Today in 1927, Cesar Chavez was born. Chavez was a civil rights, Latino & farm labor leader who founded the United Farm Workers union.
A migrant worker during his childhood, Chavez pledged his life to improving the stark conditions of farm labor. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., he practiced the principles of self-sacrifice and nonviolent resistance while seeking justice for the poorest of America’s laborers.
Today, his birthday is an official holiday in 10 states.

Photo by Ernest Lowe, 1966. Gelatin Silver Print, @smithsoniannpg
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smithsonian This beautiful kaleidoscopic image is a ureilite meteorite under a microscope. When illuminated with polarized light, ureilite meteorites appear in dazzling colors separated by black bands of graphite and space diamonds.
Geologists at @smithsoniannmnh study these tiny slices of meteorites to understand the formation of our solar system.
The shattered appearance reflects how the asteroid smashed from an impact, the heat from which caused the crystals to fuse back together with the carbon (black outlines) filling in the spaces in between. This hints at what may have also been happening to Earth billions of years ago.

#artinscience #astronomy #geology #mineralmonday
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smithsonian Today our @amhistorymuseum received a donation from the cast and crew of the T.V. series #MadMen.
Included in the donation were glasses from Don Draper's bar cart, his business cards and Lucky Strike cigarettes; a yellow house dress worn by Betty Draper in Season 1, episode 4; and a gray suit and fedora worn by Don Draper throughout all seven seasons.
A total of 50 objects from the show have been donated to the museum. But sit tight, they won't go on display until 2018 as part of a planned exhibition on American culture.
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smithsonian #tbt to 1975 when our Castle Building was covered in ivy 2mon

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smithsonian Our @amhistorymuseum and @airandspacemuseum (DC) are open today! All other museums in DC and @smithsonianzoo are closed.

Pictured: Lincoln's top hat, Apollo 11 Command Module
#dcsnow
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smithsonian #regram from our @freersackler
Happy #HumpDay from these two #purple and #yellow #camels. This late 19th-century #Iranian #lithograph is hand-colored and titled "Camel Fight"—but they look pretty lovey to us!
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smithsonian Starting today, all our museums will prohibit the use of "#selfie sticks." We encourage you to take selfies--just leave the stick in your bag.

ETA: For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Selfie sticks are now included in this policy.

This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions.

Image: #museumselfie from our @americanartmuseum: Tintype, [Woman with Brooch], unidentified photographer, ca. 1865-1885
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Thrilled to announce "Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection" is now available for download. Lead Belly's legacy on popular music is incomparable. His songs were covered by artists like Johnny Cash, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin. You’ve probably heard “Black Betty” (playing here) in countless commercials, rom coms and sports arenas

Listen to the entire album online. Link in @smithsonianfolkways bio
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smithsonian Teaching butterflies how to selfie @smithsoniannmnh Butterfly Pavillion #feeltheflutter #nmnhphoto 2mon

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smithsonian @andymstone from @Instagram found a new friend in @smithsoniannmnh's Butterfly Pavillion #feeltheflutter #nmnhphoto 2mon

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smithsonian Attack of the monarchs @smithsoniannmnh #empty #nmnhphoto 2mon

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smithsonian This Instameet #NMNHphoto rocks 2mon

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smithsonian @smithsoniannmnh's Bone Hall has a natural Wes Anderson-y #filter. #nmnhphoto 2mon

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