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Watch as Bao Bao departs from Dulles Airport #ByeByeBaoBao
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Today we bid #ByeByeBaoBao, as the 3-year-old panda heads off to her permanent home in China.

Learn more about her journey and the panda conservation work that will continue at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Bon voyage, Bao Bao! National Zoo's panda departs for China
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Watch LIVE as Bao Bao leaves for China #ByeByeBaoBao
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For Presidents Day, learn about Gilbert Stuart's iconic portrait of the first U.S. president, George Washington, in our National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The symbolism behind this life-size portrait of George Washington
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Our National Museum of American History recently added objects to its collection to help tell the story of African American racers who challenged the primarily white world of auto racing. #BlackHistoryMonth

An auto racing legacy: Meet the Black American Racers
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We're taking you behind the scenes on our Instagram account today with panda keepers from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Follow along there for more #ByeByeBaoBao posts like this one:

Meanwhile, in the next yard over, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei are ready for second breakfast. Bei Bei is never far away from Mei Xiang for any meal.

He’ll often try to eat the same...
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Our experts are working to save cultural heritage under attack in Iraq. They explain our active role in preserving local history in Smithsonian Magazine.

Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritage
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Almost 70 manuscripts—from one tiny enough to fit inside a ring to another that took a wheelbarrow to move—are featured in "The Art of the Qur’an" at our Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world. See the exhibition through...
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In a Historic First, a Large Collection of Islamic Qur'ans Travels to the U.S.
Feeling sour on Valentine's Day? Smithsonian Magazine traces the history of anonymous, insulting "vinegar valentines."

Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’
David Ream spent a whole dollar on this card for his wife Marion (much more than the "penny" valentines exchanged by kids those days) and she displayed it on the family mantle every year for #ValentinesDay. Now it's in our National Museum of American History.

The sweet family tradition behind this elaborate valentine from the early 1900s
Galentine's Day started as a holiday celebrating women on the TV show "Parks and Recreation," but we have many real-life stories of female friendship and camaraderie from our National Museum of American History.

This Galentine's Day blog post is for you. You poetic, noble land-mermaid.
For the first time ever, you can see six of legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, all together at our Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Timed passes for #InfiniteKusama's opening weekend will be released Monday, Feb. 13 at noon ET. Get more information and plan your visit at the link below.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opens Feb. 23 at the Hirshhorn Museum
At 187 carats, the Foxfire diamond isn't the only diamond that glows under UV light. But what's intriguing to scientists at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is how it continues to emit an eerie glow for minutes after the light is turned off.

This enormous diamond glows in the dark
Whether you're enjoying a snow day or hiding inside, remember: It could be worse.

This 1922 photo from Smithsonian Institution Archives shows our Castle building after the Knickerbocker storm dropped multiple feet of snow on the area (with a person for scale).
Take a break with these free coloring pages created from books in our Smithsonian Libraries and Biodiversity Heritage Library. #ColorOurCollections

Need to de-stress? You can #ColorOurCollections
Our annual orchid show is back and it's mesmerizing.

There are more than 100 stunning blooms featured at the 2017 Orchid Exhibition by Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden. This is the first time the annual show is at our Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where orchids act as colorful, time-based installations that constantly change over the course of the exhibition. See more:...
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Two species native to South America were reunited in Hawaii, after scientists suspect ticks hitchhiked there on tortoises or iguanas imported by the local zoo.

After 80 years apart, this tick traveled 4,000+ miles to reunite with its favorite toad host
Yes, whales have earwax and yes, we have 1,000 samples of it in our collection.

Like the rings of a tree, these waxy time capsules in Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History give scientists a timeline of data about the whale's life and environment—opening up a whole new canal of ocean study.

For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troves
Before HD and 70-inch flat screens, you could take the game on the go with a personal television set. This one has its own handle for easy carrying.

See more retro objects for the #SuperBowl from our National Museum of American History.

Watching the Super Bowl like it's 1967
For the first time, there's an exhibition devoted to video art at our National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Learn about these slowly moving pieces and their artist from Smithsonian Magazine.

Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move