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Educators

The Smithsonian seeks to bring content experts and educators together to help strengthen American education and enhance our nation’s ability to compete globally. The Smithsonian serves as a laboratory to create models and methods of innovative informal education and link them to the formal education system.

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Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access »
Find great teaching materials, links to hundreds of online resources, and opportunities for professional development.
Smithsonian Science Education Center »
The mission of this unique organization is to improve the K–12 teaching and learning of science for all students in the United States and throughout the world.
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Here is just a small sample of the resources available for educators:

Smithsonian History Explorer
Smithsonian History Explorer »

Standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history.


Smithsonian Folkways
Smithsonian Folkways »

Tools for teaching and promoting cultural understanding through music.


Smithsonian X 3D
Smithsonian X 3D Explorer »

The SI X 3D Explorer allows students to manipulate 3D objects for K-12 learning.


Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service Education Resources
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service »

Curriculum materials and links to educational websites that include family and classroom activities, photographs, bibliographies, and more.


Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center »

A model early childhood program that places children at the center of every experience.


Group Sales for IMAX
IMAX® & Dining Group Sales »

Group rates are available. Smithsonian education departments have developed Standards of Learning Guidelines for the films.

African Art Museum Education
African Art Museum »

Teacher workshops, videos for loan, and online curriculum you can use in your classroom.


American Art Museum
American Art Museum »

School tours, classroom video conferences, education resources, professional development.


Air and Space Museum Education
Air and Space Museum »

Information on educational activities at the Museum as well as resources provided for classroom learning.


American History Museum Education
American History Museum »

Lessons and activities or visiting with school groups and educational self-guides.


Hirshhorn Artworks
ARTWORKS »

The Hirshhorn's school and teacher programs are designed to engage and inspire students and teachers alike.


Cooper-Hewitt Education
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum »

Find and create design-focused lesson plans, talk to educators from around the country, and more.

Freer and Sackler Education
Freer and Sackler Galleries  »

Educational resources and events on Asian art and culture, as well as American art at the turn of the twentieth century.


National Zoo Education
National Zoo »

Educational resources to study and protect animals and their habitats.


Natural History Museum Education
Natural History
Museum »

Field trips, classroom resources, professional development, and online resources.


Portrait Gallery Education
Portrait Gallery »

Inspire students to learn about the men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.


Postal Museum Education
Postal Museum »

Curriculum materials provide educators with tools for teaching about history, letter writing, and more.


Lemelson Center Education Resources
Lemelson Center »

Multimedia and print materials for classroom use related to invention and innovation.