All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo, and in New York City continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Smithsonian Campaign—By the Numbers
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The Smithsonian Campaign will raise $1.5 billion to invest in people, places, programs and collections:
- People ($135 million, 9 percent of goal)
Gifts will fund 85 endowed positions: senior directors who use the Smithsonian’s vast resources in innovative ways; curators and educators who serve as teachers and investigators; fellows who train young researchers and scholars.
- Places ($518 million, 35 percent of goal)
Support will build a new museum and mount new exhibitions; strengthen the Smithsonian’s scientific presence with installations, laboratories and facilities; transform galleries, halls and museum spaces.
- Programs ($756 million, 50 percent of goal)
Gifts will energize exhibitions and mount new ones; launch research initiatives that increase knowledge; enable the Smithsonian to connect more people to its exhibitions and expertise.
- Collections that preserve our heritage ($91 million, 6 percent of goal)
Support will enhance the Smithsonian’s ability to engage more people through digitization, organization, modernization and new technologies; help it acquire new specimens and objects; conserve and preserve objects and collections.
Smithsonian Campaign priorities include:
- Endowment: $350 million
Endowment provides the Smithsonian with a bedrock of funding and stability for the future, enabling it to innovate, plan ahead and recruit and retain talented leaders in science, culture, history and art.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: $270 million
The campaign will support construction and create exhibitions and public programs for this new museum, which opens on the National Mall in 2016.
- Education: $75 million
Every year, Smithsonian educators share the Institution’s knowledge, collections and scholarship with more than 8 million learners of all ages, on-site and online. Campaign gifts will fund hands-on education centers, distance learning and the Smithsonian’s reach into the nation’s classrooms.
- Giant Magellan Telescope: $50 million
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is pursuing this century’s greatest quest: to find signs of life elsewhere in the universe using the most advanced technology.
Campaign gifts already are transforming the Smithsonian. To date, the Smithsonian has:
- Raised more than $1.3 billion overall for the campaign
- Raised $335 million for endowment; 49 endowed positions, including six director positions, 13 curatorial positions and 30 fellowships
- Raised $239 million to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Established a global research program on marine coastal ecology
- Raised the funds to revitalize the Renwick Gallery and the National Air and Space Museum’s grand entrance hall, now called the Boeing Milestones of Flight gallery
- Raised funds to support more than 100 new exhibitions
- Opened five new education centers, with more on the way
- Received 254 gifts of $1 million or more
- Received $446 million in gifts from Smithsonian advisory boards
- Received the largest-ever gifts to 12 museums and research centers
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