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The Smithsonian Institution operates under the simple guidelines stated in
James Smithson's will, "...for the increase and diffusion of knowledge...".
The Smithsonian Institution, visited by millions each year, is the world's largest museum complex.
Visitors are often surprised to learn that the Smithsonian is not one building but a complex of 14 museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and two museums in New York City.
The National Gallery of Art is administered separately.
In Washington, D.C.:
In New York City:
To many, this building - known as the Castle - symbolizes the entire Smithsonian. It was the Institution's first building, designed by James Renwick Jr. and completed in 1855. Today, it houses the Smithsonian Information Center, many administrative offices, and temporarily houses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Highlights: Two orientation theaters featuring a 20-minute video overview of the Smithsonian, interactive touch-screen programs on the Smithsonian in six languages, electronic wall maps, interactive touch-screen programs on popular capital attractions, and scale models of Washington's core and its famous monuments.
"Smithson's Gift" is a permanent display on James Smithson and the significance of his bequest, which established the Smithsonian Institution.
Highlights: Two orientation theaters featuring a 20-minute video overview of the Smithsonian, interactive touch-screen programs on the Smithsonian in six Languages, electronic wall maps and interactive touch-screen programs on popular capital attractions, and scale models of Washington's core and its famous monuments.
150th Anniversary Exhibition: "Smithson's Gift," a new permanent display on James Smithson and the significance of his bequest, which established the Smithsonian Institution. Opens January I, 1996.
As for a calendar of events for 2000-2001, information is only
available on the current month and upcoming month. Information is posted on the
As information becomes available, this site will be updated.
The exhibition dates are constantly changing, and we suggest that visitors either visit our web site at , which keeps all this information current, or to call Smithsonian Information for a previsit packet, which includes a list of updated temporary exhibitions.
There's much more to the Smithsonian than most visitors see as they explore the permanent galleries and special exhibitions.
The Institution is one of the world's foremost research centers in science, the arts and the humanities. Besides the basic research carried on in each of the museums, the Smithsonian also maintains a number of special facilities. Among them:
Archives of American Art, New York; Detroit; Boston; San Marino, Calif.; Washington, D.C.
Conservation and Research Center (National Zoo), Front Royal, Va.
Marine Station at Link Port, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility (National Air and Space Museum), Suitland, Md.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for , Astrophysics), Cambridge, Mass.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Md.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Information subject to change. Please call (202) 357-2700 to verify dates and other information.
|Smithsonian Institution Libraries|
|American Art Study Center|
|Archives of American Art|
|Archives of American Gardens|
|Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Archives|
|Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives|
|National Air and Space Museum Archives|
|National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives|
|National Museum of American History Archives Center|
|National Museum of Natural History, Human Studies Film Archives|
|National Museum of Natural History, National Anthropological Archives|
|Smithsonian Institution Archives|
All museums, except Anacostia Museum and the National Zoo are open daily, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Extended summer hours are determined annually.
Admission to Washington, D.C., museums is free. For further information, write Smithsonian Information, Smithsonian Institution, SI Bldg., Rm. 153, MRC 010, Washington, DC 20560 or call 202-357-2700 (TTY: 202-357-1729) Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday-Sunday 10-4. For 24-hour recorded information on Smithsonian events, call Dial-a-Museum: 202-357-2020 (English) or 202-633-9126 (Spanish).
Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Ira Michael Heyman, C E O
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