Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
Mission and VisionShaping
the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing
our resources with the world.
Museums and ZooThe Smithsonian is home to 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo.
Centers The Smithsonian operates nine research centers and numerous
research programs. More...
Cultural Programs A steward and ambassador of cultural connections,
the Smithsonian's work promotes understanding of world cultures. More...
ConsortiaThe Smithsonian Consortia help foster a spirit
of interdisciplinary collaboration to stimulate intellectual exchange.
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.
Affiliate Museums The Smithsonian's Affiliation's program brings our
unparalleled collections, scholarship, and exhibitions to communities
across the nation. More...
Smithsonian science examines many of the world's most complex and
time-sensitive problems. More...
Education is at the core of our mission, from informal education opportunities to lesson plans
for teachers, and professional development. More...
Smithsonian At a Glance
9 Research Centers
184 Affiliate Museums
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