Hey Smithsonian – How Were Dorothy’s Slippers Conserved?

We all know “there’s no place like home,” and the Smithsonian Institution is lucky enough to be home to a pair of Dorothy’s original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. After over a year of careful study and preservation, these special heels will return to display on October 19, 2018, so vi... Read More

Star Spangled Banner Flag

The Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian

Is this flag the single most important artifact at the Smithsonian Institution? It just might be. In celebration of the Fourth of July, we’ll be seeing a lot of American flags this week – on mailboxes, main streets, parades, t-shirts, and even painted on faces! It got us thinking about THE flag ... Read More

Jesse Varela

Airplane in the Smithsonian

If you’ve ever been to the National Air and Space Museum, chances are you’ve wondered – how does the Smithsonian get a plane in the building? (Well, maybe you have wondered this, or maybe you haven’t.) We have been wondering and we asked them! Here’s what the Collections Department, from t... Read More

Smithsonian Castle

Did You Know: The Smithsonian Logo

The next time you’re at one of the amazing Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. – or reading Smithsonian Magazine, or, really, doing anything with our friends at Smithsonian– take a few minutes to pay some extra attention to the Smithsonian logo. It’s this one:   Simple enough, right... Read More