Smithsonian Institution

Flag of the Smithsonian Institution The Smithsonian Institution ( ), also known simply as the Smithsonian, is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. It was founded on August 10, 1846, "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge". The institution is named after its founding donor, British scientist James Smithson. It was originally organized as the "United States National Museum", but that name ceased to exist as an administrative entity in 1967.

Termed "the nation's attic" for its eclectic holdings of 154 million items, the Institution's 19 museums, 21 libraries, nine research centers, and zoo include historical and architectural landmarks, mostly located in the District of Columbia. Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York City, Pittsburgh, Texas, Virginia, and Panama. More than 200 institutions and museums in 45 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama are Smithsonian Affiliates.

The Institution's 30 million annual visitors are admitted without charge. Its annual budget is around $1.2 billion, with two-thirds coming from annual federal appropriations. Other funding comes from the Institution's endowment, private and corporate contributions, membership dues, and earned retail, concession, and licensing revenue. Institution publications include ''Smithsonian'' and ''Air & Space'' magazines. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Lewin, Roger.
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Published 1977
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Published 1965
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Published 1968
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by Scherer, Joanna Cohan.
Published 1973
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by Little, Charles E.,
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Published 1986
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Published 1960
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by Collins, Henry B. 1899-1987.
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