Campaign kickoff, Kogod Courtyard

The Campaign is building a Smithsonian for Today, Tomorrow and Forever.

This bald eagle and other residents of the National Zoo's American Trail represent the triumph of the American spirit and conservation success stories.

The campaign will ensure the Smithsonian has the power to change and the permanence to endure. 

American Express chairman and CEO Ken Chenault chairs the National Museum of African American History and Culture's campaign.

“The National Museum of African American History and Culture speaks of hope, it speaks of struggles and it speaks of dreams.”

The Smithsonian educates and inspires more than 30 million annual, in-person visitors. 

The $1.5 billion Smithsonian Campaign is the largest in history for a cultural institution.

Campaign kickoff, Smithsonian Now and Next 

Campaign gifts will transform the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory scientists search for planets beyond our solar system capable of supporting life, like this rendering of a hypothetical world with two moons. 

SPARK DISCOVERY: Finding life elsewhere in the universe happens only once. We are poised to make that breakthrough.

Many of the Smithsonian's most popular museums line the National Mall, at the heart of the nation's capital.

TELL AMERICA'S STORY: Our strength depends on our ability to respect each other while holding fast to tenets that unite us all.

Campaign gifts help build the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open on the National Mall in 2016. 

We are building a museum about the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it has shaped our nation.

Rendering shows a telescope more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Investments in the Giant Magellan Telescope will allow Smithsonian scientists to explore the universe.

Campaign kickoff, Kogod Courtyard

A gift to the Smithsonian is a gift to the nation.

Researchers study deep reefs in the southern Caribbean.

Smithsonian researchers holding endowed positions are working to save the planet's biodiversity.

Scanning a fossil whale in 3D in Chile.

REACH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE: New technologies allow you to create and experience exhibitions from anywhere.

Richard Russell

There are many ways to contribute to the Smithsonian. How are you inspired to give?

Philanthropic gifts from Barbara and Craig Barrett and others helped to build Q?rius, whose interactive environment connects teens to science.

INSPIRE LIFELONG LEARNING: Engaging students of all ages is the Smithsonian's greatest contribution to the future.

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