About Us

Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that includes a network of more than 200 organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.

Visitors to affiliated organizations experience the Smithsonian in their neighborhood where they may view major works of art, historic objects of flight, wonders of nature, icons of American history, and other artifacts, artworks, and scientific specimens from the national collections. Smithsonian Affiliations also reaches across the country with special educational programs designed for museums, schools, and centers serving pre-school, K-12 students, and adult learners.

The Smithsonian Affiliations network provides new and unforeseen avenues for regional, cultural, topical and audience-oriented types of support and collaboration.

Rusty Russel in Riverside

Rusty Russell from the National Museum of Natural History at Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

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