History and Culture

Special Installation Brings Futuristic Art Experience to National Museum of the American Indian in New York

“Manifestipi” Opens Feb. 3 for Limited Engagement in Conjunction With Recently Opened “Transformer” Exhibition

The tipi, an iconic symbol and perhaps one of the most widely recognized structures of early life for Plains Indians, gets a space-age makeover in the newest installation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York.

Art installation showing neon pink tipi


Art installation showing neon-lit tipis

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Manifestipi, (detail) 2016 by ITWÉ Collective. Courtesy of ITWÉ and Collection Majudia. This special installation will be on view beginning Saturday, Feb.

Smithsonian Hosts Experimental Program, “The Long Conversation”

Program Will Be Held Friday, Dec. 1, in the Arts and Industries Building

The Smithsonian is famous for its distinguished and beloved museums. On Friday, Dec. 1, the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building will be the scene of a radically different Smithsonian experience—a lively eight-hour conversation with leaders, innovators and luminaries discussing one question: What makes you optimistic about the future?

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Polycom Donates SoundStation Devices to National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Acquires Original Teleconferencing Equipment for Its Collection of Electrical History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has acquired objects related to Polycom’s development of teleconferencing technologies 25 years ago, which marked an advance in business communications.

Early Polycom teleconference phone

Blowdarts, Stomp Dances and Gospel at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Muscogee Creek Nation Festival

The Muscogee Creek Nation, located in Oklahoma, brings traditions old and new to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Nov. 16–18. The three-day event will celebrate the Muscogee Creek Nation’s tribal history, heritage and culture with performances, music and other cultural demonstrations.

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Smithsonian Latino Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Center Will Present Science and History Programs, Exhibitions Into 2018

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Call for Design Submissions for the National Native American Veterans Memorial

National Museum of the American Indian Will Begin Accepting Entries Veterans Day

Few people know that Native Americans serve the U.S. armed forces at higher rates per capita than any other ethnic group and have served since the American Revolution. That is about to change. On Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov.

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East Asian Coins on Display at National Museum of American History

New Donation From the Family of Private Collector Howard F. Bowker

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display selected numismatic objects recently acquired from the collection of Howard F. Bowker beginning Nov. 8. The New Acquisitions case within the “Value of Money” exhibition will show 19 items ranging from fifth-century B.C. Chinese bridge and knife money to 20th-century Chinese money minted in the U.S.

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Director Ava DuVernay and Composer Quincy Jones Lead November Programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s November public programming features 2017 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award-winners, Selma director Ava DuVernay and legendary musician and composer Quincy Jones, and special guest Selma lead actor David Oyelowo.

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November 1, 2017

American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

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