Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution BuildingThe Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 with funds bequeathed to the United States by James Smithson. The Institution is as an independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding more than 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." The Institution is also a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.

American Art Museum & The Renwick Gallery - The Museum features paintings, sculpture, folk art, photography and graphics by American artists from the 18th century to the present.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - The Hirshhorn offers a superb collection of modern art. The collection features outstanding works by major artists of our time. Changing exhibitions focus mostly on established contemporary masters and emerging artists.

Air and Space Museum - Maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.

African Art Museum - As a leading center for the visual arts of Africa, the African Art Museum fosters and sustains--through exhibitions, collections, research, and public programs--an interest in and an understanding of the diverse cultures in Africa as these are embodied in aesthetic achievements in the visual arts.

Portrait Gallery - Unique collection of portraits of famous Americans from the world of politics, sports, literature, stage and screen. The Hall of Presidents features official portraits of U.S. presidents.

Arts and Industries Building - Designed in a High Victorian style by the Washington architectural firm of Cluss and Schulze. Opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield, the building was constructed to exhibit materials acquired from the nation's Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia.

Anacostia Community Museum - The Museum has grown from an experiment in community outreach to a national resource devoted to the identification, documentation, protection, and interpretation of the African American experience.

American History Museum - The Museum offers three floors of exhibitions that explore the rich diversity of American history, from 'After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800' to the 'Information Age: People, Information, and Technology.'

Natural History Museum - Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Natural History Museum offers displays which comprise more than 120 million scientific specimens and cultural artifacts from around the world.

National Zoo - The Zoo was created in 1889 'for the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.' Today they are becoming a new kind of zoo, the BioPark. This vision of the modern zoo combines wildlife with the best of natural history museums, botanic gardens, aquaria, and even art galleries to illustrate the splendor of all living things.

American Indian Museum - The sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans.

Smithsonian Institution - The Institution is as an independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding some 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for 'the increase and diffusion of knowledge.' The Smithsonian is composed of sixteen museums and galleries and the National Zoo and numerous research facilities in the United States and abroad.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Together form the National Museum of Asian Art. The galleries offer one of the Western world's most refined collection's of Asian art and the finest collections of paintings by James McNeill Whistler . . . anywhere.

Smithsonian Institution Building - Completed in 1855, the original Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the Castle, was designed by architect James Renwick Jr., whose other works include St. Patrickís Cathedral in New York City and the Smithsonianís Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Today, the Castle houses the Institutionís administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center.

Postal Museum - Offers an educational experience for those who are interested in the history and facts of different aspects of the postal system. Unique collection of airmail planes, stagecoaches, rare stamps and letters, Owney the Postal Dog, Pony Express exhibit, rare postage and more.