Smithsonian Institution

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 Smithsonian brings content experts and educators together to strengthen American education and enhance our nation’s ability to compete globally. The Smithsonian serves as a laboratory for creating innovative informal education methods that support formal education.

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The Smithsonian Institution offers a wealth of information, resources and training opportunities. Our investigations unfold at research centers, field sites, and museums in the United States and around the globe. Whatever the discipline may be, we have experts who are eager to share knowledge and collaborate.

Research Centers and Programs

The Smithsonian Institution is home to nine research centers and numerous research programs with areas of inquiry spanning the globe and the farthest reaches of the universe.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Kids’ Favorites:

Check out fun stuff to explore and do online!

Smithsonian Education

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA)

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) uses all the Smithsonian offers to empower learners to explore their own interests and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. We create models and methods that make the Smithsonian a learning laboratory for everyone.

Smithsonian Students

A place for Kids to explore discover and learn!

Smithsonian Educators

Lesson Plans:

Smithsonian lesson plans emphasize inquiry-based learning using primary sources and museum collections. Each plan is print-friendly and provides you with all the materials you need—photographs, reproductions, handouts, activities, suggested strategies, standards information, and additional online resources.

Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is the only unit at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal K-12 science education reform. The SSEC was established in 1985 as the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) under the sponsorship of two prestigious institutions: the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, our name changed to the Smithsonian Science Education Center to reflect our mission: to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for K-12 students.

The Smithsonian Institution Archive Collections

Search the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ collections, which contain the official records of the Smithsonian, as well as personal papers, special collections, records of professional societies, and oral/video histories relating to the history of the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Tween Tribune

A Free K-12 Resource for Teachers: Join more than 200,000 registered teachers who are already putting these free Smithsonian Teacher tools to use in their classrooms.

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Smithsonian Science News

Featuring stories, photos, and videos of the Smithsonian’s scientists and their discoveries.

Smithsonian Quests

Smithsonian Quests™ inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!

Innovation & Education.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Discover more than a million resources, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work.

Smithsonian X 3D

Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions. These projects indicate that this new technology has the potential not only to support the Smithsonian mission, but to transform museum core functions

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

We help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.

Lemenson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Behind every invention, there is a story. Discover those stories here.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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