Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

About Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution, established 1846 'for the increase and diffusion of knowledge', is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. Termed 'the nation's attic' for its eclectic holdings of 137 million items, the Institution's Washington, D.C. nucleus of nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoos, many of them historical or architectural landmarks is the largest such complex in the world. Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, New York City, Virginia, Panama and elsewhere, and 168 other museums are Smithsonian affiliates.