The Secretary of the Smithsonian hosts a new roundtable series on some of the big issues facing America.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829) according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” We continue to honor this mission and invite you to join us in our quest.
19 Museums + 1 Zoo
30.1M Visits by Public
154.8M Museum Objects
2.1M Library Volumes
151M+ Website Visitors
13.8M+ Social Media Followers
771 Research Fellows
6,905 On-Site and
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