The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829) according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” We continue to honor this mission and invite you to join us in our quest.
Why Donate to Smithsonian Institution?
The Smithsonian is a nonprofit organization that relies on supporters like you to help fund the groundbreaking research, critical educational resources, world-class exhibits, and amazing experiences that make every day one to remember.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Smithsonian will fuel innovation, inspiration, and exploration — and you’ll join a family of caring, curious people dedicated to discovering and sharing knowledge by supporting the largest museum and research complex in the world.
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