Explore America

Understanding the American Experience
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The United States of America is a study in contrasts, a nation defined by our ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity but bound together by our shared history, ideals, and innovative spirit. Take a tour across the nation through the Smithsonian's growing digitized collections that document the American experience. Select a state below to start your American road trip.

Held in trust for the American people, the Smithsonian’s collections document the country’s history, art from across the globe, scientific discovery, and the vast wonders of the natural and cultural world. Visit Smithsonian Open Access to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s 2D and 3D images.

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