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Wonder Bound: Rare Books on Early Museums
This exhibit of books from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries discusses the collection, exhibition and preservation habits of early museums, galleries and their libraries. It includes enlarged images of many resources.
This Could Be the World’s Largest Passport
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to meet the man who has filled over 1,400 pages of passport during a life of travel.
The Wild Extremes of Antarctica
The coldest and windiest place on Earth is still largely undiscovered. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to see photos and learn facts about the world’s largest desert.
Nile Notes of a Howadji: American Travelers in Egypt
This online exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries brings together selected travel accounts by Americans who visited Egypt in the nineteenth century. The site includes traveler accounts, a timeline of explorations and guidebook samples.
How the Passport Became an Improbable Symbol of American Identity
The idea of having documents to cross borders is ancient. But when it became popularized in the U.S., it caused quite a stir. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn why.
And a Star to Steer Her By Field Trip Guide
This teaching guide from the National Air and Space Museum introduces students to the tools and techniques used to navigate by the stars.
An Odyssey in Print
Invite students to explore this Smithsonian Institution Libraries exhibition of art, artifacts, rare books and manuscripts of explorers, artists, writers and scientists whose creations have brought far-away lands closer to home. The exhibition includes works from six centuries with descriptions and enlarged detailed images. Categories include journeys over land and sea, journeys of the mind and journeys of the imagination.
Ocean Crossings 1870-1969
This section of the National Museum of American History’s online exhibit “On the Water: Stories from Maritime America” focuses on the role ocean liners played during the massive immigration of people to the United States from Europe and Asia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students visiting the site will also learn how ocean liners such as the Mauretania, Titanic and the S.S. United States became a popular, and sometimes dangerous, mode of leisure travel for those who could afford it.
What Does it Mean for Art to Be Relevant?
Does art need to appeal to everyone? Music critic and "National Review" writer Jay Nordlinger shares his thoughts in this article for Smithsonian's Second Opinion conversation.
Classical Music from Smithsonian Folkways
The origins of Western Classical music can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks, who laid down the foundation by establishing music notation and the basic concepts of music theory and terminology. To learn more about classical music—and hear several examples—visit this Smithsonian Folkways site.