Here's a guide to some of the newest exhibits at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC.
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- National Museum of Natural History - Orchids of Latin America -The exhibit will feature orchids from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection and the United States Botanic Garden Orchid Collection and highlight the importance of orchids in Latin American folklore and cultural traditions. (January 26-April 21, 2013)
- National Museum of American History - Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963 -
The exhibition features historic and modern photographs and items ranging from Harriet Tubman's shawl to a portable version of the Emancipation Proclamation--one created for Union soldiers to read to and distribute among African Americans. (through Sept. 15, 2013)
- Smithsonian American Art Museum - The Civil War and American Art - The exhibition examines how America's artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath as part of the war's 150th anniversary commemoration. Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church and Sanford Gifford-four of America's finest artists of the era-anchor the exhibition. In additions to artwork, the exhibition includes battlefield photography, which carried the gruesome burden of documenting the carnage and destruction. (through April 28, 2013).
- Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery - Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - The exhibition highlights recently discovered artifacts from Saudi Arabia's unknown ancient past with newly discovered items from ancient trade routes stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq, Syria and Mediterranean cultures in the north. Elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware, heavy gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues testify to a lively mercantile and cultural interchange among distant civilizations. (through Feb. 24, 2013)