Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian Institution, established on August 10, 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States.wikipedia
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James Smithson

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The institution is named after its founding donor, British scientist James Smithson.
He was the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, which also bears his name.

Smithsonian Affiliations

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More than 200 institutions and museums in 45 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama are Smithsonian Affiliates.
Smithsonian Affiliations is a division of the Smithsonian Institution that establishes long-term partnerships with non-Smithsonian museums and educational and cultural organizations, in order to share collections, exhibitions and educational strategies and conduct joint research.

Smithsonian (magazine)

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Institution publications include Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines.
Smithsonian is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The first issue was published in 1970.

Joseph Henry

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Though the Smithsonian's first Secretary, Joseph Henry, wanted the Institution to be a center for scientific research, it also became the depository for various Washington and U.S. government collections.
Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797 – May 13, 1878) was an American scientist who served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Air & Space/Smithsonian

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Institution publications include Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines.
Because the museum is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, which puts out its own Smithsonian magazine, the magazine's full title is Air & Space/Smithsonian.

Arts and Industries Building

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The Smithsonian's first expansion came with construction of the Arts and Industries Building in 1881.
The Arts and Industries Building is the second oldest of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Initially named the National Museum, it was built to provide the Smithsonian with its first proper facility for public display of its growing collections.

National Zoological Park (United States)

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The National Zoological Park opened in 1889 to accommodate the Smithsonian's Department of Living Animals.
It is part of the Smithsonian Institution and does not charge for admission.

Megatherium Club

The Institution became a magnet for young scientists from 1857 to 1866, who formed a group called the Megatherium Club.
It was a group of Washington, D.C.-based scientists who were attracted to that city by the Smithsonian Institution's rapidly growing collection, from 1857 to 1866.

National Museum of Natural History

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The National Museum of Natural History opened in June 1911 to similarly accommodate the Smithsonian's United States National Museum, which had previously been housed in the Castle and then the Arts and Industries Building.
The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States.

Richard Rush

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The American diplomat Richard Rush was dispatched to England by President Andrew Jackson to collect the bequest.
After the election, Rush served as a diplomat for various groups, and he helped establish the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian Institution Building

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The Smithsonian Institution Building ("the Castle") began construction in 1849.
The Smithsonian Institution Building, located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. behind the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery, houses the Smithsonian Institution's administrative offices and information center.

Freer Gallery of Art

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When Detroit philanthropist Charles Lang Freer donated his private collection to the Smithsonian and funds to build the museum to hold it (which was named the Freer Gallery), it was among the Smithsonian's first major donations from a private individual.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery form the Smithsonian Institution's national museums of Asian art in the United States.

Charles Lang Freer

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When Detroit philanthropist Charles Lang Freer donated his private collection to the Smithsonian and funds to build the museum to hold it (which was named the Freer Gallery), it was among the Smithsonian's first major donations from a private individual.
In 1906, Freer donated his extensive collection to the Smithsonian Institution, making him the first American to bequeath his private collection to the United States.

National Museum of American History

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More than 40 years would pass before the next museum, the Museum of History and Technology (renamed the National Museum of American History in 1980), opened in 1964.
The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.

National Portrait Gallery (United States)

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The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened in the Old Patent Office Building (built in 1867) on October 7, 1968.
Founded in 1962 and opened to the public in 1968, it is part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened in the Old Patent Office Building (built in 1867) on October 7, 1968.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (commonly known as SAAM, and formerly the National Museum of American Art) is a museum in Washington, D.C., part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Anacostia Community Museum

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The Anacostia Community Museum, an "experimental store-front" museum created at the initiative of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, opened in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in 1967.
It is one of twenty museums under the umbrella of the Smithsonian Institution and was the first federally funded community museum in the United States.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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That same year, the Smithsonian signed an agreement to take over the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration (now the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum).
It is one of nineteen museums that fall under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution and is one of three Smithsonian facilities located in New York City, the other two being the George Gustav Heye Center in Bowling Green and the Archives of American Art New York Research Center in the Flatiron District.

National Air and Space Museum

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The National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian's largest in terms of floor space, opened in June 1976.
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, also called the NASM, is a museum in Washington, D.C..

National Museum of African Art

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Eleven years later, the National Museum of African Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened in a new, joint, underground museum between the Freer Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle.
The National Museum of African Art is the Smithsonian Institution's African art museum, located on the National Mall of the United States capital.

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Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York City, Pittsburgh, Texas, Virginia, and Panama.
The Smithsonian Institution divides Virginia into nine cultural regions.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Eleven years later, the National Museum of African Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened in a new, joint, underground museum between the Freer Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle.
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art form the Smithsonian Institution's national museums of Asian art in the United States.

National Museum of the American Indian

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In 2004, the Smithsonian opened the National Museum of the American Indian in a new building near the United States Capitol.
The National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native people and others.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Twelve years later almost to the day, in 2016, the latest museum opened: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in a new building near the Washington Monument.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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The first new museum building to open since the National Museum of Natural History was the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which opened in 1974.
It was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft and is part of the Smithsonian Institution.