Recent Acquisitions

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

Philip Haas

John Quincy Adams

Daguerreotype by Philip Haas, 1843

"The Walking Dead" Finds Sanctuary at the Smithsonian

National Museum of American History Accepts Donation of Artifacts From AMC’s "The Walking Dead"

In a special ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History accepted a donation of artifacts from AMC’s post-apocalyptic television series The Walking Dead.

Walking dead promotional photo

Hirshhorn Acquires Full Series of Ragnar Kjartansson’s Acclaimed “Me and My Mother”

Innovative Videos Join 17 New Additions to the Collection, Including Works by Hurvin Anderson, General Idea and Shirin Neshat

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced the acquisition of all four current installments of Ragnar Kjartansson’s (b. 1976) ongoing video series “Me and My Mother,” along with the promise of all future iterations, making it the only institution to own this seminal piece in its entirety.

Hirshhorn exterior

Selena Artifacts Highlight Hispanic Advertising History at the Smithsonian

National Museum of American History Examines Latino Market in “American Enterprise” Exhibit

A new display opening Sept. 12 within the museum’s “American Enterprise” exhibition will explore advertising history through the lens of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971 – 1995). In the 1960s and 1970s, Latinos in advertising and Spanish-language broadcasting began advocating for the buying power of Latino consumers.

Singer Selena posing with bottle of Coke

Hirshhorn Announces Major Acquisition of Japanese Avant-Garde Photography

11 Important Works Span 1960s and ’70s

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced the acquisition of 11 new photographic works—its first by major figures Eikoh Hosoe, Minoru Hirata, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Miyako Ishiuchi, Kōji Enokura and Takashi Arai—introducing an unprecedented

Hirshhorn Museum seen from bwloq

National Museum of American History Collects Hispanic Advertising

Smithsonian Adds Collection From Advertising Pioneer Isabel Norniella

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has added business records, campaign materials, scrapbooks and personal artifacts related to the 50-plus-year career of advertising and media executive Isabel Norniella.

Logo for Ole Television

Smithsonian Adds Major League Baseball Artifacts to National Sports Collection

Bats, Jerseys, Gloves From Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and More

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will add more than a dozen significant artifacts from the careers of Major League Baseball players, including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith to the national sports collection during a special donation ceremony.

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1927

Hirshhorn Debuts New Acquisitions in Exhibition “What Absence Is Made Of”

Exhibition Opens Oct. 19, Exploring Ideas of Absence and Loss Through Seven Decades of Art

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced “What Absence Is Made Of,” a major new exhibition of more than 70 recent acquisitions and rarely shown works that reimagine the extensive permanent collection.

artwork showing man with plastic face

“Making | Breaking: New Arrivals” Explores Emerging Technologies and Techniques

Exhibition Features Recently Acquired Contemporary Works

Pushing the boundaries of materials, making and form, 43 new objects recently acquired by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be on view in “Making | Breaking: New Arrivals” from May 19 through Oct. 29.

sculptural looking chair


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