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Jim Henson's Fantastic World

Jim Henson's Fantastic World
Explores the creativity and "visual thinking" of artist, puppeteer, film director, and producer Jim Henson

El Anatsui: Gawu Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
Discover the amazing connections between soils and everyday life and think about this hidden world in a whole new way
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Living and Working in Space

Living and Working in Space
How do astronauts live and work in space? Explore discovery stations, enjoy arts and crafts activities, and learn about Hispanics in aeronautics

Autumn Conservation Festival Autumn Conservation Festival
Enjoy an unforgettable day of fun and activities at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Inside Smithsonian Research Inside Smithsonian Research
Quarterly newsletter packed with information about the numerous research projects around the Smithsonian
Smithsonian Photography Initiative

Explore Smithsonian Photography
An ever-expanding view into more than 150 years of photography collecting throughout the Smithsonian

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Experience the world of the Smithsonian with great programs on history, culture, science and technology, plus exciting programs for kids!
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Closed for renovation. Reopens Nov. 21, 2008
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Closed in preparation for renovation

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