The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display. // (c) Smithsonian
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display. // (c) Smithsonian

How many museums does the Smithsonian operate in Washington DC?

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display. // (c) Smithsonian
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display. // (c) Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution operates 15 museums in Washington D.C., including

  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Postal Museum
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (“Castle”)

It also operates the National Zoological Park, and is looking forward to opening the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2015.

In Chantilly, Virginia the institution operates the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and in New York City it operates the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center.

Additionally it operates nine research facilities, best price for nexium including the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Fla.

The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 with funds from James Smithson (1765-1829), a British scientist who left his estate to the United States to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

Admission to all Smithsonian museums in Washington is free and all its facilities hosted more than 30 million visits in 2012. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 137 million, including more than 126 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History.

The institution’s annual budget for 2013 was $775 million, and just about 65 percent of its funds come from the federal government.

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