Discover a new fish species, a dinosaur excavation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's newest acquisitions.

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March 2017 ENEWS
Hourglass Basslet
Close-up of the newly discovered hourglass basslet (“Lipogramma levinsoni”) shows its bands. (Photo by D. Ross Robertson)

Smithsonian Discovers New Fish Species

And they were hiding in plain sight! The banded basslet, a small and colorful fish found deep in the reefs of the Atlantic Ocean, gained two new family members when Smithsonian scientists took a closer look at some "suspicious" appearances...


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Infinity Mirrors
Yayoi Kusama, "Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away," 2013. Wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water. Collection of The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles. Installed in "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven," David Zwirner, New York, 2013.

Introducing: Infinity Mirrors

Step inside the mesmerizing world of renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama! Showcasing the artist's influential sixty-five-year career, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opens February 23 at the Hishhorn and invites visitors on a sensory journey with six of the artist's famous Infinity Mirror Rooms.

Free Timed Passes are required to visit. Hirshhorn members receive special access!

Learn more about the exhibit and how to jump the line »

Dinosaur Excavation
Photo by Antoine Bercovici

Tracking the Last American Dinosaurs through Time

What was the world like during the time the last American dinosaurs walked the earth? Smithsonian scientists from the National Museum of Natural History are digging deep to find out.
Afghan Designs

"I opened up the package and gave a yelp."

Tommy Wide, curator of the Freer|Sackler exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan, recently received a mysterious package in the mail. Inside was a small book featuring intricately beautiful designs exactly like those his organization is focused on preserving and reviving.
Wind Sculpture VII
Yina Shinbare, "Wind Sculpture VII," (detail) photo by Donny Bajohr

Inside Wind Sculpture VII

Yinka Shonibare's Wind Sculpture VII may look like a colorful flag waving in the wind, but it is actually a 21 foot, 900-pound artwork made of steel – with a story to tell. The sculpture, unveiled outside the National Museum of African Art last month, is a commentary on the slave trade and colonization.
James Castle: Untitled
James Castle, “Untitled,”(detail) found paper, color of unknown origin, and soot. (Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Margaret Z. Robson Collection)

The Magic of Self-Taught Artists

The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently received a gift of 93 works of art from the collection of Margaret Z. Robson. The works include paintings, drawings and sculptures from 48 major self-taught artists and is the largest acquisition of self-taught art in 20 years.


Boy in bag

Trivia: What's happening in this photo?

Our collections often give us a glimpse into the past – and remind us of things that have long been forgotten, or would be unheard of now!

Can you guess why this small boy is sitting in a bag?

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Opening Exhibitions
Executive Order 9066

Executive Order 9066

American History Museum

  Native Fashion Now

Native Fashion Now

American Indian Museum Heye Center

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
  Objects of Wonder

Objects of Wonder

Natural History Museum
Closing Exhibitions
Muppets and Puppets

Muppets and Puppets

American History Museum

  In Memoriam: John Glenn

In Memoriam: John Glenn

Portrait Gallery
Fragile Beasts

Fragile Beasts
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

  Turquoise Mountain
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