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I Heart My City: Kids Edition

It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the best educational experiences for kids (and kids at heart) in 15 cities around the world from the people who know them best: our ever-inspirational I Heart My City community. They also happen to be fun.

Since it’s America’s birthday today, we thought it would be fitting to publish a special edition of I Heart My City to celebrate the best things about the nation’s capital and National Geographic’s home city. Here’s a mash-up of our favorite things about living in “the District.”

Free to See: 20 U.S. Museums

These 20 top-notch museums—of art, fashion, dinosaurs, and more—are free to the public some or all of the time. What are you waiting for? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online.

I’ll be honest. The first time I learned about the Republic of Cyprus, I had to look at a map to find out where it was. The small island is the easternmost in the Mediterranean, surrounded by Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the independence of the country…

Free Museum Day This Saturday

If there’s a museum you’ve been wanting to try out for the first time, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day is the day to do it. Coming up on Saturday, September 25th, the event allows free entry to more than 1,300 museums and cultural venues across the U.S., including Puerto Rico. The event was started six years…

Tibet Comes to Washington

Contributing editor Jim Conaway has always wanted to visit Tibet. Fortunately, he says, it’s come to him via two exhibits now on display in Washington, D.C. I once met the Dalai Lama, in the mid-Eighties. I was a reporter for the Washington Post’s Style section and the Dalai Lama was in town drumming up support…

The Book of Omens

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Traveler contributing editor Jim Conaway explores the latest exhibit from D.C.’s Sackler Gallery. You don’t have to believe in divination to be transported by a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., “Falnama: The Book of Omens.” Gorgeous pages from what could be described as royalty’s self-help manuals for fortune-telling…

Hail to the Chiefs

Brian Jungen is the first living Native American artist to have a solo show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and his exhibit, “Strange Comfort” opened this past weekend. Jungen creates art out of recognizable everyday objects, including sports paraphernalia: a suit of armor made of catcher mitts, a skull made from…

Museums Offer a Day of Free Admission

Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that I’m a big nerd. I’m also a college student (i.e. broke and cheap), so any event that allows me to learn for free gets two big thumbs up. This is why I’m so excited for the Smithsonian magazine Museum Day. This coming Saturday, September 26,…

Happy Mooniversary

After several thwarted attempts, Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-127 is set to launch tonight at 6:51 p.m. EDT (weather permitting) as the 29th mission to the International Space Station. Yet the press is quiet, cameras aren’t glued to the launch pad, and it’s doubtful the crew will come home to a tickertape parade. Space travel…

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Whether you made it to the beach or not this summer, you will definitely want to head over to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History this weekend to learn all about the unseen organisms lurking in the sand under your beach blanket…right?? Fine. Even if the fact that over half of all animal phyla…

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World

When I was a kid, I grew up so addicted to “Sesame Street” that I was pretty well convinced that television existed for the sole purpose of showing off the antics of Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch. But looking back, I now credit a large swath of my cultural literacy to…