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Subject: Musical Instruments


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection of people with musical instruments. This Learning Lab collection includes conductors, orchestras and bands. It includes professionals, amateurs, communities, school, and military associations. 

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Keywords (subject): guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, banjo, lute, mandolin, piano, piano forte, saxophone, trumpet, tuba, ukulele, harp, zither, drum, snare drum, drum kit, violin, fiddle, cello, bass, harmonica, squeeze box, harpsichord, dulcimer, clarinet, kazoo, marimba, tambourine, stringed instruments, brass instruments, woodwind instruments, concert, band, orchestra, music, musicians, performers, conductors, soloist, pianist, violinist, fiddler, sheet music, music stand, high school band, military band, all-women band, Taps, famous people, celebrity, folk music, community dance, classical music, entertainment, school performance, musical instruction, practice, performance, art made with musical instruments, musical instrument made with scrap metal, musical instruments depicted in artworks

Keywords (photography): carte-de-visite, cabinet card, press print, portraiture, head shot, advertising, collectible, color carbro, gelatin silver print, fine art photography, documentary photography, snapshot, real photo postcard, stereoview, stereograph, digital photography, translucent composite, tintype, cyanotype, color photography, printing out process

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#ColorOurCollections at the National Portrait Gallery

This Learning Lab collection has been created to encourage learners of all ages to #ColorOurCollections and engage with our portraits! Each coloring page is followed by the portrait in our collection that the coloring page is based on. We invite you to compare and contrast your creation with our collections! What might you add to your portrait? What colors would you use? What choices did you make that were the same as  the choices the original artist made? What choices did you make that were different?

#NPGteach #myNPG

Caitlin Blake

Riding on a Carousel


  • Look carefully at a variety of carousel animals 
  • Identify the animals 
  • Compare and contrast the animals 
  • Talk about which animals people typically ride
  • Talk about real vs pretend
  • Create a model carousel
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Sink Float


  • Experiment with objects to see if they sink or float
  • Learn that boats float
  • Discuss how sometimes boats sink and learn the word shipwreck 
  • Look closely at the 3D model of the Philadelphia Gunboat (a boat which sunk and was then later brought to the surface and into the Natural History Museum)
  • Make ships out of aluminum foil and experiment to see how many pennies can go on the boat before it sinks
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Hot Air Balloons


  • Explore the differences between the positions up and down
  • Imagine what it would look like to float high in the sky
  • Identify the parts of a hot air balloon—basket and envelope 
  • Experiment with hot air balloon design
  • Be inspired to create own fabric design
  • Discover that the flame heats the air causing the balloon to float up

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Dramatic Play Pirate


  • Be exposed to pirate motifs (eye patch, parrot, jolly roger flag) 
  • Learn that pirate sail ships    
  • Talk about ideas of fair and unfair, hero and wrongdoers 
  • Learn about Anne Bonny and Mary Read two famous women pirates 
  • Explore through play fair and unfair and hero and wrongdoers
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Saturn V Rockets


  •  Learn that astronauts took rocket ships (Saturn V) to the moon   
  •  Pretend to be on the moon
  •  Imagine being in a place that is different from earth

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Saturn V Rockets


  •  Learn that astronauts took rocket ships (Saturn V) to the moon   
  •  Pretend to be on the moon
  •  Imagine being in a place that is different from earth

Meredith Osborne

ABC Easy As 123

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring the alphabet. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they wonder, and compare how they are alike and different. Families can check out alphabets and consider how each of the letters are designed. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers

Animal Vessels

Jean-Marie Galing

Bug at Night

Erica Collins

Title: Comedy and Humor


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to comedy (attempted, performed) and humor (happens, experienced). This Learning Lab consists mostly of four themes:

  1. Professionals who make others laugh (comedians, stand-up comics, actors, writers, vaudevillians),
  2. People laughing or sharing a joke,
  3. Photographs in which the title or subject of those depicted is related to humor, being funny or silly,
  4. Clowns.

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Keywords: humor, comedy, funny, comedienne, comedian, funny people, stand-up comedy, performance, stage, show, clothes, clown, clowning around, make-up, costume, skit, The Laughing HusbandFunny Business, vaudeville, colorful personality

Keywords (people): Imogene Coca, Phyllis Diller, Sid Cesear, Bob Hope, Ed Wynn, Bert Lahr, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Klein, Bing Crosby, Henny Youngman, Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, George McGovern, Thomas Eagleton, Sargent Shriver, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, President and Mrs. William Clinton, Palidor the Clown

Keywords (photography): press print, film still, portrait, gelatin silver print, toned print, real photo postcard, mounted photograph, snapshot

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Still Life


Subject: Dance


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to dance, dancers, and dancing.

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Keywords (subject): dance, dancer, dancing, entertainment, folk dance, ballet, carnival, psychedelic, acid trip, burlesque, Dresden Dancing Dolls, strip tease, exotic dancer, Playboy Bunny, belly dance, ribbon dance, class, barre, ballroom, dance floor, Native American ceremonial dance, costume, tutu, slippers, human form, musculature, posture, pose, position, partner, gown, tights, dress, make-up, performance, stage, Kennedy Center Award, theatre, stage show, film set, Can-Can, Golden Gate Park, hippies, summer of love

Keywords (people): Arthur Mitchell, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Graham, Eleanor Powell, Gloria Govrin, Ben Marcus, Little Joe Gomez, Lisa Law, Allen Ginsberg, Elliot Erwitt, Tamara Toumanova, Lisa Law, Liza Minnelli, Ann Ford, Courtney Kennedy, Peter Basch, Blanche Oterson, M. Fokine, Ginger Rogers, Jane Powell, Roy Zalensky, Eadweard Muybridge, Diana Walker, Gene Kelly, Nikita Kruschev, Carl Mydans, Laura and Paul Foster, Quill, The Doll Family, Evelyn Nesbit, Rudolph Nureyev, Will Connell, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lisa Benitz, Lorraine Shelley, Alexandra Danilova, Jacques d'Ambroise, Michael Jackson

Keywords (photography): gelatin silver print, press print, fine art photography, documentary photography, platinum print, color carbro, cyanotype, cigarette card album, zoopraxiscope, snapshot, color photography, glass plate negative, portraiture, action shot, dance photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

The Boggs Collection

Art inspires us to appreciate, enjoy and reflect.  While no longer here to speak to that, Mae Helene Bacon Boggs generously gave us her collection of California paintings to find our own perspective in these matters. The art collection at Shasta is as unique as the collector, Mrs. Boggs, who not only collected the works, but was also instrumental in the development of Shasta as a California State Park.  She donated a fine library and archives to provide intellectual support for this collection. 

The legacy and philanthropy of Mrs. Boggs---her contributions to history and art---reside in Shasta State Historic Park, the only designated art gallery within California State Park System.  In 1871, at the age of eight, Mrs. Boggs had moved with her mother from Missouri to Shasta.  Her uncle, Williamson Lyncoya Smith, cared for them.  Smith was the division agent for the California State Company from 1853 through 1888 and, in this capacity, established the first stage line along the Sacramento River.  In honor, his name is assigned to the gallery as Mrs. Boggs wished.

            In her later years, Mrs. Boggs moved to San Francisco, established a successful business, and in 1902 married Angus Gordon Boggs, an important mining businessman.  Upon entering the social scene in San Francisco, she devoted herself to local and statewide improvements.  The list of those is long.


            Her correspondence, always signed “Faithfully, Mae Helene Bacon Boggs” has allowed us to appreciate, enjoy and reflect on both art and history.  Those of us familiar with the story of Mrs. Boggs and her art collection develop a deep respect as well as a fervent desire to further her preservation efforts.


Subject: Books and Reading


This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection of people reading, books, and libraries. 

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Keywords: read, reading, books, letters, magazines, journals, newspapers, library, libraries, bookshop, book store, librarian

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Subject: Art


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection that depict art related activities, art galleries, displays, artists at work, and photographs of paintings and sculptures. This Learning Lab collection is divided into four categories: 

  • artists at work
  • portraits of artists
  • art on display
  • photographs of art objects

There are separate Learning Lab collections for Portraits of Photographers and Photographers at Work.

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See also the Learning Lab collection Museums for photographs of exhibitions and installations in museums, museum buildings, museum education, and other museum activities. For Smithsonian related activities, search and

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Tráfico de africanos

Imagens selecionadas relativas ao tráfico de pessoas na condição de escravidão.


Mateus Ranzan

Ancient Civilizations

William Randolph Hearst was a wealthy media mogul who developed a love of art from a young age.  His father was a successful miner and his mother was an art collector and generous philanthropist.  After his mother took him on a year and a half long tour of  Europe when he was 10 years old he developed a lasting love of art and antiquities. He collected original works of art as well as copies all throughout his life.  In this unit you will see some of the antiquities and copies he purchased during his lifetime.  He wrote Julia Morgan a letter in 1927 that stated he saw no reason why San Simeon could not become a museum of the finest things he could secure.  His dream became a reality in 1958 when his estate in San Simeon, California was gifted to the State of California.  Hearst Castle has many fine examples of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art.  For projects and activities expand the Read More section. 

Here are a list of activities and projects you can explore after viewing the collection of images and their information.

Knowledge (Remembering)

What is the triangular part of a Greek temple called?

Name the 3 types of Greek columns.

What was the reasoning for Roman baths?

How did people feel about Egyptian Art after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb?

What is the definition of a Muse?

Comprehension (Understanding)

How would you compare the Muses to Sekhmet?  How are they alike and how are they different?

What would you consider an example of Egyptian Art from the unit on Ancient Civilization?

 Write in your journal about your favorite Greek/Roman god or goddess.

Who was Zeus?  Would you choose him for a friend?

Explain in your own words the statue Europa. Do you think she had a happy life?

Application (Applying)

Make a family tree of the Greek god/goddess on Mount Olympus.

What does Greek pottery remind you of that we use today?

Draw or paint a picture of a Roman Bath on a very busy day.

Collect 10 examples where Zeus did not act in a very godly or decent way.

 Draw a picture of the muses using clothes and attributes from today.  For example, Thalia, the muse of comedy would be carrying a movie camera to record her plays. 

Analysis (Analyzing)

 When we talk about measurements at Hearst Castle, they are given in standard measurement and metric measurement.  Why do they present both measurements?

How is Europa similar or different to Minerva?  Make a venn diagram.

What can you infer about how people felt about the Muses?

How would you deconstruct a Greek temple?

Do we still see Greek architecture in our buildings today?  Give examples, drawing, or photos.

What distinguishes ancient art from their more modern copies?


Compare how the Greeks and Romans treated their loved ones after death and how do we treat our departed today.

How would the tapestries be different if Hannibal had won the Second Punic War?

Why do you think that after all these years that the discus-thrower is considered such a fine athlete?

Why do you think that the United States has never converted to the metric system?

Justify the need for Greek Gods in Greek society.

Creating (synthesis)

Create a podcast about Sekhmet.  What is her history, how does she help the people of Egypt or does she? What would she sound like?

How would you improve Roman baths?

Create a parade floats out of a shoebox.  Each float is showing off a Greek god/goddess and their attributes. Make a parade with your friends.

Negotiate an agreement between Scipio Africanus and Hannibal.

Build a model of a Greek temple. 

Hearst Castle® & Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

Tuia te here tangata waka | Binding the ties of humanity canoe

This collection is built around a waka Māori currently on display in the National Museum of Natural History.
waka is a traditional canoe. It is designed as a portal to Te Ao Māori - The indigenous worldview  Māori are the native people of New Zealand. Its traditional name is Aotearoa meaning Land of the long white cloud.

This waka was made from a single 100-year old Tōtara tree. Tōtara is a large native New Zealand hardwood that grows throughout the North and South Island. It is light weighted and high natural oil content which prevents rotting or deterioration. Waka are extensions of Māori tribal history and are the traditional technology responsible for mobilising navigators across the Pacific Ocean. The infamous explorer Kupe, discovered New Zealand in 925 AD.

The name of the waka is Tuia te here tangata meaning Binding the ties of humanity. It celebrates the connection established in 1840 between the US Exploring expedition and Māori. The name and physical artefact hope to inspire understanding. The collection aims to digitally illustrate the mauri or life force of the waka. We can transform our wounds into wisdom by seeking first to understand, and then to be understood.

Anahera Hare


This collection was created to support an online class for elementary teachers focusing on STEM individuals as we study "Who Did It First?.

Erin Grossi


#tii #NASMteachers

Carrie Akins

Art & Resistance 4: Unmasked (draft)

If protests make public what is generally kept private, then someone needs to tell America that their racism is showing.   Since March, several states have taken widespread quarantine safety measures (social distancing, shelter in place, & temporary business closures) to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Some, like protesters in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, CA, object to the CDC safety measures viewing them as infringements on their freedom & civil liberties.  Quarantine protests, like this one on May 15th, reveal America's underpinnings may be sadly soiled beyond repair and destined for removing, refreshing and repurposing.  

In the spirit of reusing and recycling in order to reduce waste, it may be necessary to acknowledge some problematic protest signage.  Some signs' rhetoric equated the mandatory wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the mandatory compulsory wearing of torture masks (used on Africans trafficked into slavery) and the sometimes mandatory wearing of muzzles (used for dogs in obedience training).  The protesters' signs explicitly reveal a lack of historical knowledge and imply a false equivalence that negates the humanity of trafficked individuals and the basic dignity of all beings.

Art & Resistance 4- Unmasked is a collection inspired by this protest imagery/ rhetoric and extended as a means of: (1) calling out racist rhetoric to interrupt problematic behavior while (2) calling in an opportunity to explore history & intention more deeply, make meaning collectively, and find a mutual sense of understanding across difference.


Sher Anderson Petty

Distance Learning: Teaching Persepolis

The purpose of this collection is to model for educators distance learning instruction:

  1. using museum artifacts & visual texts to learn/ teach
    • historical/ cultural context for novel study
  2. using Project Zero thinking routines to interrogate text
Sher Anderson Petty
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