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About Us

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Mission and Vision

Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. link to Mission for More...

Museums and Zoo

The Smithsonian is home to 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo. link to Museums and Zoo More...

Research Centers

The Smithsonian operates nine research centers and numerous research programs. More...

Cultural Centers

A steward and ambassador of cultural connections, the Smithsonian's work promotes understanding of world cultures. More...


Education is at the core of our mission as a laboratory for learning and innovation. More...


The Smithsonian's collections represent our nation's rich heritage, art from across the globe, and the immense diversity of the natural and cultural world. More...

Smithsonian at a Glance (2015)

 Visit Numbers

19 Museums + 1 Zoo

26.7M Visits by Public

Collection Numbers

154M Museums Objects
& Specimens

2.1M Library Volumes

Online Visitors

116M+ Website Visitors

8M+ Social Media Followers

Staff Numbers

6,511 Employees

721 Research Fellows

12,047 Volunteers

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