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Sidedoor Podcast
Birds, Birds, Birds!
Three billion birds have gone missing since 1970. In this episode, we go bird-spotting with Pete Marra, and learn what each of us can do to bring birds back.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Excelsior! Super Superheroes
A look at superheroes in the Smithsonian's collections and remembering Stan Lee.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
Any old way you choose it, for many, it's got to be rock and roll music. 
National Museum of Natural History
Minerals and Gems
The Smithsonian's mineral and gem collection at the National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Smithsonian Open Access
Digital Backgrounds
Put yourself in the scene! Download high-resolution images to use in your next video meeting or as a computer background.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Trains at Smithsonian Station
Pack your bags and take a trip on the many rails throughout our collections. 
Smithsonian Spotlight
Timekeeping
Discover timepieces in the collections from Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch to a whimsical insect clock.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Ancient Egypt
Explore collections related to ancient Egypt from across the Smithsonian.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Dog: Museum's Best Friend
Sit, stay, and explore dogs from across our collections.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Freedom of the Press
Explore news media and journalism–related collection items from across the Smithsonian.
Smithsonian Spotlight
Skateboarding and Invention
The skateboard has sparked a vibrant culture of art, music, and sport around the world.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Neighborhood Nestwatch
Be a biologist in your own backyard! Neighborhood Nestwatch participants help answer questions related to the survival of bird populations.
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Collections Sampler
1903 Wright Flyer
Black Gold I
Command Module, Apollo 11
Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat
Hope Diamond
Archie Bunker's Chair from All in the Family
Teapot made by Peter Bentzon
Kermit the Frog Puppet
Thomas Jefferson, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, Extracted textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French, & English
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
Declaration of Independence Desk
Triceratops horridus Marsh, 1889
Greensboro Lunch Counter
24c Curtiss Jenny invert single
Pocahontas
Conestoga Wagon
John Deere Plow
Ulysses S. Grant's chair from Appomattox
Edison "New Year's Eve" Lamp
Apple Macintosh Mouse
Milwaukee Brewers Jersey, worn by Hank Aaron
Old Glory flag
Van Halen Frankenstein Electric Guitar
Totem Pole
Leonardo da Vinci
Snoopy Doghouse Lunch Box
Freedom of Worship
Cesar Chavez's Union Jacket
Cape Cod Morning
St. Mark and St. Luke; Right cover of The Washington Manuscript of the Gospels
Black Swallowtail, American Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail
Statue of Liberty souvenir, New York, New York, 1885
Universal Access Flag Lap Blanket
Panel from a mihrab
Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii
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