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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.
The scope of objects in Smithsonian collections is staggering—from ancient Chinese bronzes to the Star-Spangled Banner; from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module; from the ruby slippers featured in The Wizard of Oz to presidential memorabilia.
Scholars and scientific researchers from the Smithsonian, and from institutions and organizations across the globe, use these vast collections for their research. The Smithsonian’s scientific collections form part of the infrastructure that supports scientific research and natural resource management both nationally and internationally.
Search over 8.1 million catalog records with 860,477 images, video and sound files, electronic journals, and other resources from the Smithsonian.
This collection of online tools allows you to search or browse the Libraries' holdings, from printed books, ephemera and manuscripts to digital publication and collections.
The Smithsonian is a leader in the field of protecting and preserving our national heritage.
Researchers at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) work to better understand how materials and composite objects deteriorate in order to develop and improve conservation techniques and technologies critical for conserving museum collections.
Visitors to the Smithsonian have the unique opportunity to watch conservators at work in the Lunder Conservation Center at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.