Rendering of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)

Spark Discovery

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Spark Discovery

To better understand our interconnected and complex world, our researchers examine what the deep past tells us about climate change, how human activity affects the ocean and the impact of disappearing languages. Our position among research institutions enables us to exchange information and lead partnerships across disciplines — the only way to address our generation’s critical issues. Join us as we embark on the century’s greatest quests: to explore the mysteries of the universe, protect and sustain the planet and connect dynamic cultures.

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George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait) by Gilbert Stuart, National Portrait Gallery

Tell America's Story

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Tell America's Story

Curiosity. Innovation. Creativity. Drive. These traits are at our core as Americans and part of the story and the spirit we want to share with our children. The Smithsonian reminds you of who you are, delights and surprises you and lets you relive defining moments from the Revolutionary War to the Space Age. In the great and ongoing experiment called democracy, the Smithsonian documents the country’s triumphs and struggles and reinforces what it means to be an American. Our strength as a republic depends on our ability to hear and respect each other while holding fast to tenets that unite us all. You come to the Smithsonian to see the best of America, in all its diversity, history and possibility. It’s your story and you can help tell it.

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School children, Natural History Museum

Inspire Lifelong Learning

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Inspire Lifelong Learning

Whether it's traveling exhibitions that bring our resources to your doorstep, or programs that awaken your fascination with a painting or a century, the Smithsonian inspires the desire to know more. Promoting lifelong learning is perhaps our greatest contribution to America’s future. We work with educators in the nation’s classrooms to extend learning and engage students of all ages — in person and online — with scientists, educators and curators who bring knowledge to life with their expertise and personal passion. You can be a part of this. Your investment in the Smithsonian will help learners of every age ignite and satisfy their curiosity.

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Yamal-Nenets children, Northwest Siberia, Natural History Museum. Photo David Dektor

Reach People Everywhere

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Reach People Everywhere

Smithsonian collections and scholarship always have held tantalizing promise for every interest. Now, with global collaborators, a network of affiliates and the power of digitization, wherever you are, you can experience exhibitions, search our vast collections and visit distant research sites. New technologies that shatter boundaries and revolutionize learning are within our grasp. We are building a Smithsonian that reaches people everywhere. Will you join us, and help shape the future of learning?  

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