#FantasticObjects Tweet Up

Join us for a Tweet Up with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Libraries!

Friday, August 7, 9:00-10:30 A.M. (EDT).
To celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, 10 lucky Twitter followers will have the opportunity to experience a special tour of two of the wing’s exhibits led by Smithsonian experts and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

Tweetup participants will:


Click here to apply. 10 participants will be chosen. You will be notified by e-mail of selection by July 31st.

About the tours:

Participants will visit The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, guided by educators and experts who created the new learning space.  Bikes, ready-to-wear clothes, refrigeration, and helpful household gadgets like toasters—we may not think of them as revolutionary today, but they changed American lives in big ways. Featuring “everyday things that changed everything,” Object Project explores how people, innovative things, and social change shaped life as we know it. It presents familiar objects in a new light, allowing visitors to see and handle objects and explore their significance through historic documents and compelling activities. Object Project features more than 300 objects, a “magic” scrapbook, an opportunity to virtually try on clothing from the collection, and a special version of “The Price is Right" for history lovers.

Tweetup participants will also enjoy a curator-led tour of the Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibit, Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910. Fantastic Worlds explores the interplay between scientific discovery and the literature it inspired. Curators Doug Dunlop and Kirsten van der Veen will be on hand to explain how writers explored the farther reaches of the scientific landscape to craft novels, hoaxes, and satires.

In addition, the group will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the Smithsonian Libraries’ Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology led by Lilla Vekerdy, Head of Special Collections. This rare book collection is home to great scientific (and science-inspired) works from Galileo to Wonder Woman and everything in between. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore first editions of Copernicus, Newton and Darwin – works that truly changed the way humanity looked at the world.  

About the event:

This exclusive tour will allow up to 10 @SILibraries and @amhistorymuseum Twitter followers the chance to tour new exhibitions with in the Innovation Wing of the National Museum of American History as well as the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology with Smithsonian experts. There will be time for Q&A, socializing, and a group photo. This event will take place in Washington, DC. Please do not register unless you are able to attend.

Terms and Conditions:

Entrants must have an active Twitter account that follows @SILibraries or @amhistorymuseum and be 21 years of age or older to be eligible for selection to attend the Tweetup. Registration is for one person only and is not transferable.  

If you are selected for a Tweetup but cannot attend, please let the Smithsonian know and your space will be given to another registrant on the waitlist. Space is extremely limited on the tour and we do expect there to be a waitlist.

Tweetup participants are responsible for their own expenses for travel, accommodations, food and incidentals.  Please let the Smithsonian know if you have any special needs or accessibility requirements prior to arriving for the event.

Events and participants scheduled to appear at the Tweetup are subject to change without notice. The Smithsonian is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending.  The Smithsonian, moreover, is not responsible for loss or damage incurred in the event it cancels the event with limited or no notice.  The Smithsonian reserves the right to exclude any person whose actions in any way interfere with the proper operation of the Tweetup, do not comply with Smithsonian policies or specific instructions when behind the scenes, or otherwise acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  

On the day of the Tweetup, registrants must show a government-issued ID (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. All Tweetup participants will be asked to sign a release form allowing the Smithsonian to use images or video taken of you and tweets sent by you during the event.  


What is a Tweetup?
A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. Smithsonian Tweetups provide @SILibraries and @amhistorymuseum followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Libraries, see our collections, interact with our experts and sometimes meet special guests. Participants can expect an hour-long tour, half or full-day experience with a schedule chock full of activities, talk with other @SILibraries and @amhistorymuseum Twitter followers, and meet the staff behind @SILibraries and @amhistorymuseum and their social media outreach.

How do I register?
Registration will be open via Survey Gizmo for a set period of time. Tweetup participants are selected from those who sign up on the web. Additional registrants are placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register for a Smithsonian Tweetup?
Yes. Smithsonian Tweetups are designed for active Twitter users who follow @SILibraries or @amhistorymuseum.  The goal of our Tweetups is to allow people who regularly interact with the Libraries and the Museum and each other via Twitter to meet in person and share the experience of visiting the Smithsonian’s collections, experts, and programs.

How are participants selected?
Space on the tour is limited. Participants will be selected based on the criteria below.
•    We are looking for social media users who will actively engage with Smithsonian museums' subject matter as well as have an interest in sharing what they learn with the world. You should love learning and love sharing your learning.
•    You must be active on social media. You don't need to have a lot of followers; we are interested in quality, not quantity.
•    You follow and engage with the National Museum of American History and/or Smithsonian Libraries on social media.

What are Smithsonian Tweetup registration requirements?
By registering for a Smithsonian Tweetup, you are indicating your intention to travel to the site of the event and attend in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. You will need to provide government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend Smithsonian Tweetups

When and how will I know if I am selected?
After registration closes, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected as well as those on a short waitlist.  If you are on the waitlist, you may receive an invitation only if someone on the original selection list cancels and a space opens up.

What if I cannot travel to the Tweetup?
If you cannot attend in person, please do not register for the Tweetup. However, you can still plan to follow along with the event on Twitter via @SILibraries  and @amhistorymuseum or using the event hashtag provided above.

How can I get in touch with other Tweetup participants?
Once the participants have been selected, we will create a Twitter list that includes those selected to attend the event. By registering for this event you understand that you will be included in the list of Tweetup participants and that you will be able to find other Tweetup participants there, or by following the tweetup hashtag provided for the event.

Can I bring friends or family members to the Tweetup with me?
No, Tweetup activities may only be attended by selected participants.  

What else should I know?
You will be asked to sign a release form allowing the Smithsonian to use your tweets and any images or video taken of you during the event.

Have a question or need more information? Contact us at SILSocial@si.edu

The Smithsonian is using SurveyGizmo, a third-party web-based survey tool, to collect contact information for potential attendees.  Please be advised that SurveyMonkey’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use apply to data provided to SurveyMonkey by respondents to this survey.  In addition, SIL will be using Twitter for this Tweetup and tour.  Please be advised that Twitter’s Privacy Policy  and Terms of Service apply to your use of that service. Any data that the SIL collects is subject to our Privacy Statement.