General Smithsonian

General Smithsonian

Founding of the Smithsonian Institution

In 1826, British scientist James Smithson drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary.

Smithsonian Collections

The Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.

Facts About the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is a museum and research complex of 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park, as well as research facilities.



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