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  • American Art - Corcoran Museum - This museum presents, interprets and preserves the art of our times and of times past. Learn about this center for American art and check out the online exhibits too!
  • American Origins, 1600 - 1900 - View the days of contact between Native Americans and European explorers through the struggles of independence to the Gilded Age. Major figures from Pocahontas to Chief Joseph, Alexander Hamilton to Henry Clay, and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Harriet Beecher Stowe are included.
  • Archives of American Art - The largest source of primary source documentation on the visual arts in America. You can access information through the online catalog, finding aids and guides, and reference staff.
  • Art of Video Games - Meet Georgina Goodlander, an exhibition coordinator for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn about this exhibit and how video games are an art form.
  • Built in America - These collections record achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the U.S. through a range of building types and engineering technologies.
  • Cities and Towns - Library of Congress - Examine how some of American's cities and towns have changed throughout the years. There are many photos to explore!
  • Contemporary Art - Corcoran Museum - Highlights from the Corcoran's permanent collection of over 16,000 works of art.
  • Cover Art - National Portrait Gallery - The portraits displayed in this site represent the variety of personalities and art that have distinguished Time covers for more than three-quarters of a century. Heroes and rogues, queens and presidents, popes and pop stars, singers and athletes - all have been nestled, in one form or fashion, within Time's trademark red border.
  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian - Features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources on subjects from Art to Zoology.
  • European Art - Corcoran Museum - Highlights from the Corcoran's permanent collection of over 16,000 works of art.
  • Freer Gallery of Art - Asian Collection - This museum offers a wide variety of programs designed to better understand Asian art and culture. The programs aim to reach all visitors, including children and adults with little to no experience with the arts of Asia.
  • Hall of Presidents - National Portrait Gallery - This virtual tour will allow you to navigate through the National Portrait Gallery's, Hall of Presidents.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - Explore and Learn - The page for young people includes family programs and museum hunts.
  • New York - - This is a great resource for kids on many different subjects - from languages to science.
  • Online Exhibits from the Anacostia Community Museum - The museum features several online collections including biographical information on featured African American Writers.
  • Portraits of Character - National Portrait Gallery - Portraits of Character are a feature in partnership with the Washington Times. This biographical feature includes a portrait from the permanent collection and a related story.
  • Researching Your Art - Do you have a question about American art and don't know how to find the answer? This shows you how to investigate and learn about art.
  • Smithsonian Education For Students - This is a place for kids to explore, discover and learn. Find out about art, science, history and the secrets of the museums.
  • Timeline of Art History - The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is a chronological and geographical exploration of the history of art from around the world.
  • Vice-Presidents who ascended to the Presidency - Discover how fourteen Vice-Presidents stepped into the presidential role and helped shape history.

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