Smithsonian Magazine takes you on a journey through history, science, world culture and technology with breathtaking images from around the world.
Ethical Collecting • FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, MUSEUM ARTIFACTS WERE ACQUIRED IN WAYS WE NO LONGER FIND ACCEPTABLE. HOW CAN WE REPAIR THE DAMAGE?
Popular Wisdom • The world’s largest book repository is also a monument to democracy
Detail Oriented • HOW THE THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDING SPEAKS TO THE NATION’S EDUCATIONAL IDEALS
VAN GOGH IN THE GROVE • A new exhibition of lesser known works during a pivotal time sheds light on his budding genius
Role of a Lifetime • An unpublished memoir reveals how the world’s most famous child actress became a star of the environmental movement
Protecting Whales • When governments began to get serious about the ocean’s largest creatures
A BRIEF HISTORY OF RED DRINK • The obscure roots of a centuriesold beverage that’s now a Juneteenth fixture
The Next Clone • Forget Dolly the Sheep. The birth of this mouse 25 years ago launched a scientific revolution
Don’t Be Puzzled • YOU CAN FIND SEVEN ANSWERS IN THESE PAGES
Flesh, Blood Bronze • A sculptor’s herculean effort to create the epic national monument to World War I
Not Far from Kyiv
In a Tight Spot • Racing to save a delightful coastal animal from rising seas
THE REAL Pinocchio • Forget everything you know about the cartoon puppet. The 19th-century story, now in a new translation, was a rallying cry for universal education and Italian nationhood
Escape from the Gilded Cage