Is the Smithsonian in your neighborhood?

In 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama, more than 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations are connecting the Smithsonian with local communities.

Find an Affiliate near you!

Affiliate Map

Photo: Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum


Is the Smithsonian in your neighborhood?

Find an Affiliate near you!

Affiliate Map

Photo: Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum

Conference Opening Keynote Speaker, John D. Trybus

Conference 2017

Keynote Speaker

John D. Trybus

Tuesday, October 3, 9:00 a.m.

Click here to view the ARCHIVED webcast of the 2017 keynote address.

How to become a Smithsonian Affiliate

Our diverse Affiliate network includes organizations of all sizes- historic societies, science centers, art museums, universities, and more- all with the goal of collaborating with the Smithsonian and each other.

Affiliate Resources: Maximize your Smithsonian relationship.

Affiliates receive many benefits including co-branding opportunities, professional development, special access to program opportunities, and customized client service to facilitate exhibition and artifact borrowing needs.


Never miss Smithsonian programming in your neighborhood! Join the Smithsonian through your local Affiliate and enjoy your organization’s benefits PLUS an annual Smithsonian membership.

Allyson Nakamoto“We look forward to working with Smithsonian Affiliates. It’s a group of like-minded organizations around the nation and we enjoy working together to strengthen the museum community.”

Allyson NakamotoDirector of Education, Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, California

Jose Santamaria“We see it as an opportunity to serve our community by bringing the Smithsonian to them. It’s about sharing things that they’d normally not get to see – things that are relevant to them and relate to the region where they live.”

Jose SantamariaExecutive Director, Tellus Science Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

Sarah Holbrooke“We don’t have brick and mortar displays but what we do have is an amazing collection of the best minds in the world coming to us – to our tiny valley and 11 rural schools because of the affiliation.”

Sarah HolbrookeExecutive Director of the Pinhead Institute
Telluride, Colorado