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Select a topic to discover featured collections and stories, OR search millions of digital records. Smithsonian Spotlight

Don't Forget Your Jacket

Some amazing people have left their jackets at the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Autumn Views

Celebrating the beauty of the changing season with art and objects in the collections.

Smithsonian Snapshot

Wonder Women

Sometimes a belt is more than fashion—it can tell a story.
Smithsonian Spotlight

1969: A Year in the Collections

Take one small step back to 1969 through the Smithsonian's collections.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Thanksgiving

Art and artifacts in the spirit of giving thanks—from local harvest festival to national holiday.

National Museum of the American Indian

Americans

Explore the online companion to the bold exhibition revealing the ways American Indian images, names, and stories are hidden in plain sight.

National Museum of Natural History

Ocean Portal: All About Sharks

Learn about these incredible animals—and the ecosystems in which they play a role.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Votes for Women

A look at the fight to get the right to vote through the Smithsonian's collections.

Smithsonian Collaboration

eMammal: See Wildlife, Do Science

Place “camera traps” in your community to assist researchers in answering questions about mammal distribution and abundance.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Excelsior! Super Superheroes

A look at superheroes in the Smithsonian's collections and remembering Stan Lee.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Hip-Hop and Rap

This Technics brand turntable was used by hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash. Discover more hip-hop items in Smithsonian collections.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Jazzed About Art

Seeing sound through art in our collections.

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