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A Brief Guide To The New Exhibits
AMELIA EARHART: This barrier-breaking pioneer was the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean and only the second person in the world to fly solo across the Atlantic. The spunky aviatrix became an idol who would inspire an entire nation, not to mention Larry Daley, with her achievements and can-do attitude. When she disappeared in 1937 while attempting to become the first woman to fly a plane all the way around the world she would spark a mystery that continues to this day.

IVAN THE TERRIBLE: The Grand Prince of Moscow who became Russia's first all-powerful Czar in 1533, Ivan was actually nicknamed "Ivan the Awesome,” which was later mistranslated to "Ivan the Terrible.” No matter the error, he still was renowned as the ultimate tyrant: an ironfisted, autocratic ruler given to terrible rages, waging wars and driven to expand the Russian Empire.

AL CAPONE: The most famous gangster in America, Al Capone, AKA "Scarface,” smuggled and bootlegged his way to fame as head of Chicago's crime syndicate's during the Prohibition Era. Eventually his power would grow so great that he became a main target of the FBI and a symbol of mob power. Though he ultimately spent years in jail, his toughness remains legendary – even among his fellow museum exhibits.

NAPOLEON: After becoming Emperor of France in 1804, the power-hungry Napoleon would go on to conquer most of Europe. A military genius and political mastermind, he nevertheless became famed for his "Napoleon Complex,” or in other words a massive inferiority complex owing to his small stature. How short was he? Probably about 5 foot 6. The myth of his petite figure – from which he has never apparently recovered – was likely started by his enemies.

EINSTEIN: One of the great scientist-heroes of all time, Nobel Prize winning physicist Albert Einstein came up with the Theory of Relativity, which revealed the fantastic connections between energy, matter and light. His very name has become synonymous with the word "genius,” and thus, he becomes Larry's last hope for a stroke of ingenuity. Luckily, Einstein was not only a visionary physicist but a great humanitarian, an outspoken philosopher and proponent of the greatest human gift of all: imagination.

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: These World War II Flyers were America's first black airmen. They smashed through prejudicial barriers to become heroes in and beyond wartime – and even to Larry Daley when he recruits them for his cause inside the Smithsonian.

"THE KISS,” aka "V-J DAY IN TIMES SQUARE”: LIFE Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt's picture of a soldier kissing a nurse on V-Day, August 14th, 1945, became an instant icon, capturing forever a timeless moment. Today the photo is an emblem of relief and peace in the wake of war – and one Larry and Amelia can't help but get swept up in.

THE THINKER: This beloved bronze sculpture was carved by Auguste Rodin in 1880 and has come to represent the contemplative side of humanity – although Larry discovers him to be fresh out of thoughts. Rodin said he was thinking of the poet Dante meditating upon the Gates of Hell when he sculpted "The Thinker.” There are over 20 casts of the sculpture in museums around the world.

THE WRIGHT FLYER: Sometimes known as The Kitty Hawk, the Wright Flyer was the first powered aircraft flown by the Wright Brothers in 1903, kicking off an era of aviation innovation that would eventually lead to the birth of the Air & Space Museum – and an unexpected run-in with Larry Daley.

THE LEVIATHAN SQUID: One of most popular exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the giant squid, including a 26-foot long specimen of the species – known as cephalopods – who dreams of a return to the sea.


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