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Note: While history shouldn’t require a spoiler alert, this blog does contain some minor ones regarding the HBO series Watchmen.“You know...
Maybe this painting looks familiar. A long row of red-coated soldiers. A cloud of gun smoke engulfing the street. Falling bodies.Detail of...
The Stonewall uprising began June 28, 1969, in response to a police raid at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York, and has since...

Blog Posts in "Construction"

One of the cola cans discovered in the museum's walls Museum people have a hard time throwing things away—our offices are proof of...
Julia Child's Kitchen
On December 3, the museum announced the temporary closing of Bon Appetit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian. The last day to see...
Have you ever wondered why the exterior of the National Museum of American History looks the way it does? Architectural sketch of the...
The Smithsonian hired architects Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) to create a plan which would meet our needs. Since the Mall is such a sensitive...
Pixelization is not usually a desired effect, but it is a much-anticipated event this week at the National Museum of American History. A...
If you have been following the renovation at the National Museum of American History, you know that one of the visual centerpieces of our...
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Viewing this slideshow of photographs from around the building, therefore, will spare...
In our last post, we chronicled this week’s move of the Star-Spangled Banner into its new state-of-the-art exhibition gallery. While this...
I would normally be a bit grumpy about waking up at 5:00 am for work—but not today. This morning—at “dawn’s early light,” you might say—I...
Check out this photo of the frame for the bench that will be part of the new Star-Spangled Banner viewing gallery. The artist’s rendering...
When I try to build things, it usually involves a lot of trial and error. If you are a fellow amateur do-it-yourselfer, you probably know...
The "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing?  A new death-defying roller coaster?  Frame being prepared by the...
A few days ago the museum took another step toward our reopening by installing the giant prong that will hold up the abstract flag....
It has certainly been exciting around the Museum lately.  As a member of the External Affairs team, I often provide tours of the...