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Smithsonian DYK red pandas have fuzzy feet? They’re built to withstand the snow

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

  • 21.02.2018 00:55
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DYK red pandas have fuzzy feet? They’re built to withstand the snow in their native habitat, so the pads of their feet are covered in fur, and are most active when it’s cold outside and there is snow on the ground. Our @smithsonianzoo has two new fuzzy-footed residents: Nutmeg and her son, Jackie, who came to the Zoo from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December. At 8.5 months old, Jackie is a bit smaller than his 4-year-old mom Nutmeg. Sometimes Jackie is so interested in an object in the yard that he doesn’t notice Nutmeg has kept walking and is many paces ahead. Once he does, though, he will run after her and give her a big hug.

Smithsonian For #PresidentsDay, here's some hair from the first 14 U.S. presidents

National Museum of American History

  • 19.02.2018 16:02
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For #PresidentsDay, here's some hair from the first 14 U.S. presidents. 💇‍♂️John Varden, a 19th-century collector who eventually became a Smithsonian curator, put this display together in 1855 when hair keepsakes were considered less creepy. Varden presented his first hair display (which included other "persons of distinction") in 1853, assembled from donations that he personally solicited, purchased or may have repurposed from existing collections. Both hair collections are now among the more peculiar objects in our @amhistorymuseum.

Smithsonian Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818, but the exact date i

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • 17.02.2018 00:24
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Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818, but the exact date is unknown—which was not uncommon for those enslaved, as their birth dates were rarely recorded. Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday on Feb. 14. Two hundred years after his birth, we’re commemorating his legacy as a writer, orator, abolitionist and advocate for equal rights. Douglass was also the most photographed American of the 19th century. This ambrotype (image on glass) is in the collection of our @nmaahc. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

Smithsonian We're going for gold with this costume worn by figure skater Kristi Ya

National Museum of American History

  • 16.02.2018 02:33
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We're going for gold with this costume worn by figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who became the first Asian-American woman to win an #Olympic gold medal when she finished first in women's singles at the 1992 #wintergames in France. Yamaguchi was also an accomplished pairs skater, winning two U.S. championships with partner Rudy Galindo in 1989 and 1990. She wore this as a member of the "Stars on Ice" tour, which she performed in from 1992 to 2002. The dress, designed by Lauren Sheehan, is now in our @amhistorymuseum.#Olympics #figureskating #OlympicGames

Smithsonian This elaborately designed #valentine from the early 1900s was made in

National Museum of American History

  • 14.02.2018 15:45
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This elaborately designed #valentine from the early 1900s was made in Germany, but became part of a Pennsylvania love story. David Ream spent a whole dollar on this card for his wife Marion (much more than the "penny" valentines exchanged by kids those days) and she displayed it on the family mantle every year for #ValentinesDay. Now it's in our @amhistorymuseum's collection.

Smithsonian Happy #GalentinesDay! What’s Galentine’s Day? It’s only the best

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

  • 13.02.2018 20:44
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Happy #GalentinesDay! What’s Galentine’s Day? It’s only the best day of the year (and a holiday celebrating women started on the TV show "Parks and Recreation”). 1900s photograph from the Buffalo, New York Documentary Survey Project in our @americanartmuseum.

Smithsonian Today we unveiled the portraits of President @barackobama and Mrs. @mi

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • 13.02.2018 01:19
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Today we unveiled the portraits of President @barackobama and Mrs. @michelleobama at our @smithsoniannpg. The museum collects multiple images of the presidents and first ladies but also commissions a set of portraits at the end of each presidency. Kehinde Wiley, a New York-based artist, references President @barackobama’s life in the decorative background with chrysanthemums (the official flower of Chicago), jasmine (symbolic of Hawaii where the President spent most of his childhood) and African blue lilies (alluding to the President’s late Kenyan father). @kehindewiley is well known for creating vibrant, large-scale paintings of African Americans in poses resembling famous figures in the history of Western art. Amy Sherald, chosen to paint Mrs. @michelleobama, is a Baltimore-based artist known for her stylized, archetypal portrayals of African Americans. In this oil-on-linen painting, @asherald depicts the former First Lady as both confident and approachable in a dress by Michelle Smith’s label Milly. Both portraits will be on view starting Feb. 13—his permanently in the “America’s Presidents” exhibition and hers in the museum’s “Recent Acquisitions” corridor through early November 2018. #myNPG #ObamaPortraits

Smithsonian We’re getting ready to unveil the portraits of President @barackobam

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • 09.02.2018 21:40
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We’re getting ready to unveil the portraits of President @barackobama and Mrs. @michelleobama at our @smithsoniannpg this Monday! The museum’s official portraits will be revealed then, but we’re hoping this portrait may help tide you over. Mickalene Thomas playfully titled this portrait of the nation’s first African American first lady "Michelle O," creating an implicit comparison between Michelle Obama’s youthful, fashion-forward glamour and that of Jacqueline Kennedy. The unveiling will be streamed live starting at 10 a.m. ET Monday. You can watch on Facebook or at npg.si.edu/obama-livestream. #ObamaPortraits #myNPG

Smithsonian As we look forward to Monday’s unveiling of the portraits of Preside

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • 09.02.2018 20:39
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As we look forward to Monday’s unveiling of the portraits of President @barackobama and Mrs. @michelleobama at our @smithsoniannpg, we’re taking a look at their likenesses already in the collection. The museum collects multiple images of the presidents and first ladies but also commissions a set of portraits. The White House has the other collection of presidential portraits. Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama Hope poster became an iconic campaign image. Early in 2008, the Los Angeles–based graphic designer and street artist designed his first Obama portraits—this one is done in collage, stencil and acrylic. The museum’s official portrait unveiling will be streamed live starting at 10 a.m. ET Monday. Tune in on Facebook or at npg.si.edu/obama-livestream. #ObamaPortraits #myNPG

Smithsonian Wishing you all safe journeys through wintry weather.

Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries

  • 08.02.2018 00:42
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Wishing you all safe journeys through wintry weather. "Snow at Sumida river," a 1930s woodblock print by Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika, in our @freersackler.

Smithsonian It's a lamp.💡Designed in 1999 by Gaetano Pesce, this

Cooper Hewitt

  • 07.02.2018 01:02
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It's a lamp.💡Designed in 1999 by Gaetano Pesce, this "Moss Lamp" in our @cooperhewitt is made of white silicone threads that enclose the red plastic base, which houses a light bulb and cord. The surface is warm, soft and flexible, and the hazy glow of the lamp reminiscent of a snow globe. Pesce is Italian architect and designer who has been creating furniture and industrial design objects since the 1960s. For much of his career, he has been developing products based on his experimental work with resin and synthetics.

Smithsonian Bessie Coleman was determined to be a pilot. But in the early 20th cen

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

  • 05.02.2018 23:30
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Bessie Coleman was determined to be a pilot. But in the early 20th century, she couldn't get flight training in the U.S. because of her race and gender—so she went to France. In 1921, Coleman became the first African American licensed pilot, receiving her license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. She came back to the states and worked toward opening a flying school for African Americans. Coleman had nearly reached her goal when she was killed in a flight accident at age 34. This photo from about 1924 is in our @airandspacemuseum's collection. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM