The Smithsonian Intitute

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

-The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, making it the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture. It is expected to open in 2016.

-The concept of a national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture can be traced back to the second decade of the 20th century.

-In 2001, Representatives J. C. Watts and Lewis re-introduced legislation for  a museum. Under its new Secretary, Lawrence M. Small, the Smithsonian Board of Regents reaffirmed its support for a National Museum of African American History and Culture in June 2001. But the regents also demanded that Congress give the Smithsonian control over the museum and fully fund it. On December 29, President George W. Bush signed legislation establishing a 23-member commission to study the need for a museum, how to raise the funds to build and support it, and where it should be located. The president also expressed his opinion that the museum should be located on the National Mall.

-In November 2002, AFLAC gave $1 million to help build the museum.

-The museum's building is currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. The building is scheduled to open in 2016.

A video fly-through for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open on the National Mall in Fall of 2015 or in .

National Museum of African Art

Location950 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC Located in the Enid A. Haupt Garden near the Smithsonian Castle and the Sackler Gallery.

Metro Station
Smithsonian (Mall or Independence Ave. exit)

202-633-1000 (voice/tape)

Admission is FREE

Hours10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily
Closed December 25


There is no public parking facility at the Smithsonian on the National Mall; on-street parking is limited and posted times are enforced.


Exhibits the finest examples of traditional and contemporary art from the entire continent of Africa.

-The National Museum of African Art is an African art museum located in Washington, D.C., United States. The museum is one of nineteen under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution.

-The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is the only national museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation and study of the arts of Africa.

-The museum’s entrance pavilion is a welcoming introduction to Africa, its art, peoples and cultures. Visitors are greeted with traditional and contemporary African music, as well as a film that runs continuously.

-In 1979, the Museum of African Art became part of the Smithsonian Institution following an Act of Congress, and in 1981 it was officially renamed the National Museum of African Art.

National Air and Space Museum

-Twenty-three galleries exhibiting hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts.

-holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world in 161,145 square feet (14,970.9 m2) of exhibition floor space.

-It was established in 1946, as the National Air Museum and opened its main building near L'Enfant Plaza in 1976.

-In 2014, the museum saw approximately 6.7 million visitors, making it the 5th most visited museum in the world.

-Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals.

Student orientation video for school groups planning a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

-Because of the museum's close proximity to the United States Capitol, the Smithsonian wanted a building that would be architecturally impressive but would not stand out too boldly against the Capitol building.

-The west glass wall of the building is used for the installation of airplanes, functioning as a giant door.

-The museum was once a place where soldiers were housed. During the Civil War, Armory Square Hospital nursed the worst wounded cases who were transported to Washington after battles.

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

-The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County, Virginia, United States.

  1. Adress: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151
  2. Opened: December 15, 2003
  3. Hours: Open today
  4. Phone: (703) 572-4118

This video is a little noisy, but here is an inside look of the Museum.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

-a museum in Washington D.C. which has one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art, from the colonial period to the present, made in the United States.

-The museum has more than 7,000 artists represented in the collection, which contains the largest collection of New Deal art; a collection of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age; photography, modern folk art, works by African American and Latino artists, images of western expansion, and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century.

-The museum provides electronic resources to schools and the public through its national education program, includingArtful Connections, real-time video conference tours.

-It maintains seven online research databases with more than 500,000 records, including the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture that document more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide.

-Since 1951, the museum has maintained a traveling exhibition program; as of 2013, more than 2.5 million visitors have seen the exhibitions.

Artworks—including paintings, sculpture, photographs, folk art, and decorative arts from the colonial period to today—offer an unparalleled record of the American experience.


Photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art, New Deal art, impressionist paintings, and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, an interactive public study center

National Museum of American History

National Museum of the American Indian

Anacostia Community Museum

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Freer Gallery of Art

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

National Zoological Park

National Museum of Natural History

National Portrait Gallery

National Postal Museum

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian Institution Building
(The Castle)

Arts and Industries Building

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