The Smithsonian is one of the world’s foremost research centers in science, the arts, and the humanities. In addition to research pursued by the museums, the following facilities specialize in areas of inquiry spanning the globe and the farthest reaches of the universe.
The Museum Conservation Institute is the Smithsonian’s center for
specialized technical collections research and conservation where knowledge
of materials and the history of technology are combined with state-of-the-art
instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research
studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center leads the nation in discovering
the links between land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone. Researchers
investigate questions related to fisheries, climate change, invasive species,
mercury pollution, water quality, ozone depletion, and more.
Smithsonian Libraries is the most comprehensive museum library system in the
world, supporting the vital research of the Smithsonian, as well as the work
of scientists and scholars from around the world.