Richard Kurin, Acting Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research
Richard Kurin is the Smithsonian’s Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research and a key leader in the Institution’s senior management team. He is responsible for all of the Institution’s museums, including the Anacostia Community Museum; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York City); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; National Air and Space Museum and its Udvar-Hazy Center; National Museum of African American History and Culture; National Museum of African Art; National Museum of American History Kenneth E. Behring Center; National Museum of the American Indian and its George Gustav Heye Center (New York City); National Museum of Natural History; National Portrait Gallery; National Postal Museum; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. He also oversees the National Zoological Park.
Kurin is also responsible for the Smithsonian’s scientific research centers, including the Museum Conservation Institute; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
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