About Smithsonian

Smithsonian Castle and Natural History museum, National Mall

Welcome to the Smithsonian

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. There are 6,500 Smithsonian employees and 6,300 volunteers. There were 30 million visits to the Smithsonian in 2016. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 154 million, of which 145 million are scientific specimens at the National Museum of Natural History. 

Use the "About Smithsonian" section of newsdesk.si.edu to find information about the Institution's current secretary and administration, learn about its history, view lists of the awards and medals it has distributed since its founding, or to view frequently asked questions.

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Click one of the links below for more information about the Smithsonian:

Annual Reports

Board of Regents



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