A sparse setting (common in traditional art museums from the early 20th century onward) may help visitors better appreciate its beauty, according to a new psychology study.
A sparse setting common in traditional art museums from the early 20th

Distraction May Make Us Less Able to Appreciate Beauty

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05/25/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
The Mongol leader Genghis Khan conquered nearly 12 million square miles of territory—more than any individual in history. Join us as Michael Chang, associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, separates the man from the myth and offers an historical overview of Genghis Khan’s military genius, political savviness, and his questionable use of...
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The Mongol leader Genghis Khan conquered nearly 12 million square miles of

The Rise of Genghis Khan: Forging the Mongol World Empire

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05/24/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
"No work, no bother, no grounds..." The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center brings you the history behind that instant cup of coffee.
No work no bother no grounds The Smithsonians Lemelson Center brings you

Coffee in an Instant | Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

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05/23/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Come enjoy a day-long tour with study leader Kathleen Bashian visiting the 4-acre Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden, the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, the garden at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Arboretum.

Friday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m.
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Come enjoy a daylong tour with study leader Kathleen Bashian visiting the

Washington’s Distinctive Gardens All-Day Tour

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With travel to Portugal on the rise, its capital city, Lisbon, is fast becoming a not-so-hidden jewel. Dianne Konz, a Smithsonian Journeys' study tour leader and frequent traveler to Lisbon, guides an armchair tour of Lisbon this June.

Thursday, June 15 at 6:45 p.m.
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With travel to Portugal on the rise its capital city Lisbon is

Elegant, Intimate Lisbon

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Smithsonian Associates Weekly Roundup!

Here’s what’s happening this week:

The National Gallery of Art’s Renovated East Building
Monday, May 22 at 6:45 p.m.
In September, the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, which houses the modern art collection, reopened after three years. Along with the renovation of existing galleries and construction of new galleries and a roof terrace, there was...
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Learn what causes what causes beautiful polar “glitter bombs” from Science Friday.
Learn what causes what causes beautiful polar “glitter bombs” from Science Friday

A Physicist Explains The Shimmering Science Behind Auroras - Science Friday

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We're hosting a weekend of events exploring the origins of wine civilization this June! Begin the weekend with an evening reception at the Embassy of Georgia in Washington, D.C., experience an all-day seminar exploring the taste and rich history of the Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean, and spend an afternoon at a Grand Tasting of a wide array of contemporary expressions of ancient wines from...
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Were hosting a weekend of events exploring the origins of wine civilization

Smithsonian Presents a Weekend of Events Exploring the Origins of Wine Civilization

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Hear from Bill McShea, a wildlife ecologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, about why camera-trap images are the virtual museum of the future, one that documents biodiversity for ages to come. McShea was involved in the development of eMammal, designed for scientists, citizen scientists, and anyone who wants to join in the fun and discovery of...
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Hear from Bill McShea a wildlife ecologist at the Smithsonians National Zoo

Mammals on Camera: A New Approach to Wildlife Observation

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Before the bombing of Dresden in 1945, the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) in the city’s nearly 400-year-old castle housed dazzling silver and ivory artifacts and even a massive, flawless green gem from India that rivaled the Hope Diamond! While much of the collection was destroyed during the war, the majority of treasures had been moved to a fortress for safekeeping.

After decades of...
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Before the bombing of Dresden in 1945 the Green Vault Grünes Gewölbe

The Treasures of Dresden’s Green Vault

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"Objects of Wonder" is now on view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The exhibition presents hundreds of rarely displayed objects from the world’s most extensive natural history research collection (more than 145 million artifacts and specimens).
Objects of Wonder is now on view at the Smithsonians National Museum
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Lena Jones Weckesser
Check out this time-lapse video of visitors placing more than 750,000 colored dot stickers on a stark white room to help form Yayoi Kusama's "The Obliteration Room."
Check out this timelapse video of visitors placing more than 750000 colored

A time-lapse of Yayoi Kusama's 'The Obliteration Room' at the Hirshhorn

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Karen Maull Horvath
Spend a day led by science and history communicator Steve Lonker exploring Maryland history though excavations from early Native American sites, colonial settlements, 19th-century battlegrounds, and more recent finds! The tour includes a three-course lunch on Solomon’s Island.

Friday, June 23 at 8:00 am
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Spend a day led by science and history communicator Steve Lonker exploring

Archaeology in Maryland: Excavating History All-Day Tour

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Susan Heywood
Jenny Burns
Long before piano-playing kittens catapulted to fame on the Internet, felines were fascinating artists. Explore some rare (and adorable) finds in a new exhibition at Smithsonian's Archives of American Art!
Long before pianoplaying kittens catapulted to fame on the Internet felines were

Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art | Archives of American Art

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Smithsonian Associates Weekly Roundup!

Tickets are still available for the following events this week:

Reading the Gilded Age Authors
Monday, May 15 at 6:45 p.m.
Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops of the...
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If you love the film "Roman Holiday," join us for an offbeat and entertaining overview of the Eternal City's architecture with Rome expert George Sullivan.

Sullivan will follow the cinematic adventures of Audrey Hepburn and costar Gregory Peck around the city, stopping the film at each famous site to provide architectural commentary. Take an armchair tour of the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the...
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If you love the film Roman Holiday join us for an offbeat

Roman Holiday: A Cinematic Introduction to the City’s Architecture

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Teresa Floria Black
Donna Steele Sumner
Marcelo DeUgarte
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 29-July 4 and July 6-9) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year! Check out this year's Circus Arts theme.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 29July 4 and July 69 celebrates its

Circus Arts | Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Scott Turow will be at the Smithsonian on Thursday, May 18! He'll discuss his career and the process of researching and writing his latest novel. A copy of "Testimony" is included in the ticket price, and a limited number of tickets are still available!

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Scott Turow will be at the Smithsonian on Thursday May 18 Hell

30 years after ‘Presumed Innocent,’ Scott Turow still thrills with ‘Testimony’

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The 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I is being observed by Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries. Explore online and examine major artifacts from "The Great War," read stories of heroes who served in Europe and on the home front, learn about technological advances that enabled Allied victory, the impact of WWI on popular culture, and how the Smithsonian contributed to...
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The 100th anniversary of US involvement in World War I is being

World War I Centennial| Smithsonian Institution

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Art historian Lawrence Butler will highlight examples of Islamic art and architecture from the 7th century to today in an upcoming 4-session evening course. Each session highlights a different region and a different aspect of the Islamic arts, and the slide-illustrated talks also feature masterpieces of Islamic art found in Washington-area museum collections. Join us!

Wednesday, May 31 to...
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Art historian Lawrence Butler will highlight examples of Islamic art and architecture

An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture 4-Session Evening Course

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