The Smithsonian Institution is not a single museum, but rather the world’s largest collection of museums (nineteen) housing 155 million objects and hosting 30 million visitors a year. The Smithsonian was founded in 1846 to “increase knowledge”, per the wishes of the founding donor James Smithson (1765-1829). The following Smithsonian sites are just a few of my favorites. Visit the museum’s front page or the Smithsonian Learning Labs to explore more.
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