WASHINGTON (WJLA/CNN) - The next time you visit one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, you may be greeted by a robot.Meet Pepper, the newest employee at the Smithsonian, now the first museum complex to use the robots to enhance the visitor experience.“You walk around the museum and you have to read the things, like the things about sculptures. So I think this helps getting interaction,” said Zachyre Lane, a visitor to one of the museums.Pepper can tell stories, pose for pictures and dance.Pepper also answers frequently asked questions.One popular question, Is Pepper a boy or a girl?“It is one of the most frequently asked questions,” said Rachel Goslins.The Smithsonian said the robot has no assigned gender.“When people see Pepper, their faces light up,” Goslins said. “And they smile. And there's always a crowd.” Pepper is programmed for each exhibit.At the African art museum, it teaches basic Swahili.Softbank Robotics … [Read more...] about Pepper the robot, latest Smithsonian museum employee
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - NASA's three remaining space shuttles will go to museums in Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington when the program ends this summer, the space agency said Tuesday. The announcement came on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight and the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space. Shuttle Atlantis will stay in Cape Canaveral at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just miles from the pair of launch pads where it was shot into space. Endeavour is headed to the California Science Center, miles from the plant where the shuttle was built; and Discovery's new home will be the Smithsonian Institution's branch in northern Virginia. The Smithsonian is giving up the prototype Enterprise, which NASA said Tuesday will now go to New York City's Intrepid museum. Enterprise was used for test flights in the 1970s. "For all of them, take good care of our vehicles," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, as he … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo NASA giving shuttles to museums in 3 cities
For top fashion designers, creating for the First Lady is a rare badge of honor. In 2016, Stefano Gabbana — co-founder of the powerhouse luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana — designed Melania Trump's inaugural gown; Jason Wu did the same for Michele Obama in 2008. Other past First Lady designers include Michael Faircloth for Laura Bush, and James Galanos for Nancy Regan. For Elizabeth Keckley, who began her life as a slave, being selected as a designer for the First Lady was a momentous accomplishment after a life of oppression. UNSUNG HEROES OF CIVIL RIGHTS: New faces to celebrate during Black History Month Born in 1818, Keckley became a dressmaker and trusted confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln. Their relationship has been well documented in Civil War history and in her memoir, "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House," first published in 1868 by the New York Printing Company. Before designing for … [Read more...] about Slave rises to dressmaker for high society in Washington D.C.
My wife, Paulette, and I recently joined a bus full of friends to attend the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. To get straight to the point, this is a world-class museum and a most worthwhile destination. Prominently located — just two blocks from the National Mall, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol and near the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of the American Indian — the Museum of the Bible has the greatest private biblical collections ever assembled and on display for the public coupled with proprietary technology that is turning heads. This eight-floor 430,000-square-foot museum allows people to engage with the Bible by viewing historic treasures that provide tangible evidence of the impact the Bible has made around the world. The second-floor “Impact of the Bible” gallery presents exhibits of how the Bible has influenced nearly every aspect of life and culture around the world, from arts and … [Read more...] about New Museum of the Bible in Washington is world class
David Setford, a curator and museum administrator with a varied international art background, has been named the new executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum, it was announced Friday. The appointment comes a year after the museum lost its previous executive director, Stephanie Stebich, to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Setford, 61, the executive director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be the seventh executive director in TAM’s history. Past TAM board president Steve Harlow said Setford stood out from other candidates for his fundraising abilities and community engagement skills. “David has been very successful at the museums he has previously served,” said Harlow, co-chair of the search committee. Setford will start March 5. He comes at a time when TAM is between expansions. In 2014, the museum opened a $20 million wing and gift of Western art donated by grocery store magnate Erivan Haub and his wife, … [Read more...] about He leads an art museum in Santa Fe. Now he’s going to head the Tacoma Art Museum