Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Castle
Washington DC, United States

The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. It appeared as a major setting in the film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.


Eleven of the 19 Smithsonian Institution museums and galleries are at the National Mall in Washington D.C., the open-area national park in Washington, D.C running between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center Five other Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are located elsewhere in Washington. Two more Smithsonian museums are located in New York City and one is located in Chantilly, Virginia.

The Smithsonian also holds close ties with 171 museums in 41 states, as well as Panama and Puerto Rico. These museums are known as Smithsonian Affiliates. Collections of artifacts are given to these museums in the form of long-term loans from the Smithsonian. These long-term loans are not the only Smithsonian exhibits outside the Smithsonian museums. The Smithsonian also has a large number of traveling exhibitions. Each year more than 50 exhibitions travel to hundreds of cities and towns all across the United States.

Museum Type of collection Location [1] Year opened
Anacostia Museum|Anacostia Community Museum African American culture Washington, D.C.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Part of the National Museum of Asian Art along with the Freer Gallery of Art) Asian art Washington, D.C.
National Mall
Arts and Industries Building No exhibitions Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Design Museum Design history New York City
Museum Mile
Freer Gallery of Art Asian art Washington, D.C.
National Mall
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Contemporary]] and modern art Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Air and Space Museum Aviation and spaceflight history Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Air and Space Museum Aviation and spaceflight history. Chantilly, Virginia 2003
National Museum of African American History and Culture African-American history and culture Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Museum of African Art African art Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Museum of American History American history Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Museum of the American Indian Native American history and Native American art Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center Native American history and art New York City
Bowling Gree
National Museum of Natural History Natural history Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Portrait Gallery Portraiture Washington, D.C.
Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C.
National Postal Museum United States Postal Service; postal history; philately Washington, D.C.
NoMa, Washington, D.C.
Renwick Gallery American craft and decorative arts Lafayette Square 1972
Smithsonian American Art Museum American art Penn Quarter 1968
Smithsonian Institution Building Visitor center and offices Washington, D.C.
National Mall
National Zoological Park (United States)|National Zoological Park (National Zoo) Zoo Washington, D.C.
Rock Creek Park


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  1. Maps and Directions. The Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved February 21, 2011
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