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Smithsonian in Gear (Spotlight Smithsonian)
Smithsonian in Gear
Where can you see everything from a 1920s passenger locomotive to a nineteenth-century mail wagon, Eli Whitney's cotton gin to a Model T Ford Roadster, a Singer sewing machine to the Space Shuttle Enterprise? From hot rods to low riders, cool bikes to sleek rockets, and groundbreaking inventions to quirky gadgets—the Smithsonian has it all. Among the wealth of items in its collections are many treasures for those who love things that "go." But with seventeen museums and a zoo in Washington, D.C., two museums in New York City, various research centers, and more than 137 million objects in all, the Smithsonian can be overwhelming—even for those who have the opportunity to come often. Now Smithsonian in Gear offers a selection of unique items from the collections and allows you to see them as no ordinary visitor can. In these pages you can experience highlights from the exhibits as well as see lesser-known materials that are seldom on view. Jump from a car canvas by Stuart Davis at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to the transportation collection at the National Museum of American History. Find a historic photograph of the first rocket launch at Cape Canaveral from the National Air and Space Museum next to a digital image of a Pakistani painted truck from a recent Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Enjoy the world's largest museum, cultural, and scientific complex without planning a trip, fighting the crowds, or paying for gas. And return as often as you like.Smithsonian in Gear (Spotlight Smithsonian). Copyright � by Amy Pastan.Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.