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Smithsonian (1-year)

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)

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This magazine chronicles the arts, environment, sciences and popular culture of the times. It is edited for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse, general interests. With your order, you become a National Associate Member of the Smithsonian. Membership benefits include your subscription to Smithsonian magazine, a personalized membership card, shopping and dining discounts when you visit the Smithsonian, and more.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Smithsonian
  • ASIN: B0032KHQTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smithsonian January 25, 2010
By X. Liu
Subscription Term Name:1 year
If you enjoy reading the National Geographic, or enjoy going to museums, or like the Discovery Channel I would recommend subscribing to this magazine.

The feature articles in the Smithsonian are enlightening and well researched. The feature articles often take place internationally. Recent articles have whisked me away to Morocco, Egypt, London. I look forward to receiving the Smithsonian every month.

- Feature articles are uninterrupted by ads.
- International feature articles
- Printed on quality paper
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Format Detracts May 25, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Smithsonian used to be informative and intriguing. Now it looks like any other pop culture mag. A whole issue on food?? I can go to Cuisine for that. Articles in this current issue (May) look depressingly like People and the new version of Time--slick, clever, shallow, "with it." That's not what Smithsonian was all about--it dealt with varied topics that surprised. I can get shallow by turning on the TV or watching the Huffington Post. Won't be renewing.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to being great! April 14, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Previous review from April 2012: Smithsonian Magazine used to be thick and full of intelligent articles. It's been stripped down and dumbed down. Disappointed. Will not renew.

Update Nov 2012: Glad to say that the latest issues have been very rewarding, things seemed to have turned around with the newish editor. Am pleased!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying too hard to please July 25, 2013
By D. May
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I have been reading the Smithsonian for over 20 years, but it's become trendy and chic. It used to have fine articles on obscure, fascinating bits of history that you wouldn't get in school. I found it had a way of making the past real and compelling. I am not renewing my subscription, however, because that magazine has ceased to exist. It has become more of a jet-setter's travelogue or infomercial for some current event, with the occasional overlong pop-art piece. Much like all media nowadays,once profit enters the picture, it seems that quality vanishes. And that's a shame, because the Smithsonian was truly unique.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The new Smithsonian format is a disaster. I have cancelled my subscription after over 20 years of subscribing to the magazine and sending it to my relatives as Christmas presents. It used to be an eye catching, entertaining and informative read. I ranked it with National Geographic and now the history focus is lost on something that I cannot even identify. It ranks with People or our local city scape magazines. And they're free. That's it. I found no articles in the last three issues that appealed to my taste. Why would the editor remove the history emphasis particularly in a journal with the name Smithsonian?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Smithsonian and Amazon DISHONESTY! February 23, 2014
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Update 2/23/2014:

I discovered my initial review was not attached to a current listing, despite the picture of my review showing the current issue on this Amazon listing. Somehow Smithsonian found a way to re-list their magazine subscription without carrying over the negative reviews from the past. I am not sure how this occurred, but it is unethical and dishonest - especially since many of the reviews were based on what is the current model of the magazine. Read on to see why I went from FIVE stars to TWO stars over the course of many years with this magazine.

I have been a LOOOOOOOOONG time subscriber to National Geographic, and while I do enjoy many of the articles, I do find it to be a bit more tedious and political now than in the past. I began looking for another magazine to supplement my growing list of subscriptions (with the digital age well upon us, magazine prices are the lowest in history - subscribe today!)

What I love about Smithsonian magazine is that it takes an educational and sociological standpoint. The articles are well written and very explanatory. I feel as if I am reading small educational and enlightening articles that expand my knowledge about a variety of topics.

In my recent issue I read about the possible discovery and attempt to validate Blackbeard's sunken ship. I also read and learned about some of the migratory patterns of African zebras and the concerns that a fence around a national park there would inhibit their ability to find water. Also included was a fun article about Luddites! The article discussing the proposal for a dam in the Amazon was very neutral and covered both sides of the issue: the environmental impact vs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always interesting April 12, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
We have had a subscription to the Smithsonian Magazine for over 3 years and it never disappoints. The articles are well-written, interesting, informative and varied. It's the type of magazine that you will pick up several times and read. None of the articles are exceptionally long so it's easy to enjoy even when you only have a few minutes. In addition to a variety of topics (something for everyone), the Smithsonian Magazine also includes information about the exhibits and programs that are available through the Smithsonian museum and its affiliates. If you enjoy all that the nation's capital has to offer, then you will particularly enjoy this magazine. And finally, by subscribing to it, you are supporting the museums and their on-going research. I highly recommend it.
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