Smithsonian Hosts Special Exhibits for Inauguration-Goers





The Smithsonian Institution will keep its museum doors open through Inauguration Day, and has extra security staff on hand to accommodate the expected crowd.

FDR's "fireside chat" microphone. Satirical bronze sculptures of Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. And an iron wedge Abraham Lincoln used to split wood in the early 1830s.

These are just a few of the historical oddities the Smithsonian is putting on display for visitors coming to watch President-elect Barack Obama make history Tuesday.

At the National Museum of American History, for instance, more than 60 items associated with Lincoln's life will be on display, including the top hat he wore the night he was assassinated. The museum also will feature gowns worn by past first ladies from Mary Todd Lincoln to Helen Taft.

The American Art Museum and National Museum of the American Indian will have exhibits as well. And the museums are hosting live performances, film festivals, debates, artists' workshops and other special programs over the next four days.



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