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Interview with Melanie Adams, Anacostia Community Museum

Melanie A. Adams, PhD, currently serves as the Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.  Before joining the Smithsonian, Dr. Adams served as the Deputy Director for Learning Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society...

Anacostia Community Museum

In all of Ward 8, there is only one grocery store—which serves 85,000 residents. That kind of inequality is addressed in the Anacostia Community Museum‘s new outdoor art exhibit, Food for the People: Eating and Activism...

National Building Museum

Gun violence killed nearly 20,000 people in the United States in 2020, which is more than any other year in at least two decades, according to the Gun Violence Archive. D.C. is already seeing...

National Building Museum

After more than a year of closed doors amid coronavirus and ongoing restorations, the National Building Museum will reopen next week, on Friday, April 9. In conjunction with the spring opening, the museum will unveil three...

The National Air and Space Museum

Millions of past visitors to the Smithsonian have fond memories of Apollo to the Moon, the National Air and Space Museum’s original exhibit about the 20th century space race. After opening in 1976, the...

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. has acquired 40 works by African American artists from the Southern United States. As first reported by Zachary Small of the New York Times, the collection includes pieces by 21...

National Museum of American History

How do you put a year like 2020 into words? Decades from now, how will you remember it? They’re tough questions, but curators Sam Vong and Shannon Perich at the National Museum of American...

National Museum of American History

Before 2020 became the dystopian reality that we seem to live with every day, the Smithsonian Institution had declared this year as the “Year of the Woman,” anticipating the centenary of women’s suffrage. Nothing...

Museum of the Bible

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and conversations on racial equality in America, Museum of the Bible has launched a new museum theme: “Bible and Healing.” This theme explores how Scripture has influenced both...