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550 C St SW
Washington, DC 20024
1331 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20004
900 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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The Smithsonian Institution is the largest complex of museums and research facilities in the world, consisting of 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoological Park. Its headquarters and most of its museums are located in Washington, D.C., along the Mall that stretches between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Admission is free to all the museums and the zoo.
This amazing institution was founded in 1846 with funds that were left to the United States in the will of James Smithson, a British scientist who died in 1829. The conditions spelled out in the will stated that the funds were to establish an institution to increase knowledge and that the institution must be named the Smithsonian. Initially, the Smithsonian was seen primarily as a scientific research facility, but in 1878, Congress gave the Smithsonian responsibility for the U.S. National Museum as well. Many of the first exhibits were specimens collected by various American expeditions sent to explore remote places around the world.
Today, the Smithsonian's collections include 137 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens. Roughly 127 million of those items are in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History. Approximately 7.7 million digital records of the Smithsonian's collections are available online.
The Smithsonian's museums and zoo received 29 million visits in 2011, while its website had 95 million visitors that year. The most popular museums are the Natural History Museum, which features mammals, butterflies, and dinosaurs; the Air and Space Museum, which includes the Wright Brothers' plane, space ships, and a model of the Enterprise from Star Trek, and the American History Museum, which showcases the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner.