How to become a Smithsonian Affiliate

  • Organizations interested in learning more about the program or in applying to become a Smithsonian Affiliate are highly encouraged to contact the Smithsonian Affiliations office before completing or submitting the application materials.

  • The 2018 deadline is November 30.

  • Smithsonian Affiliations creates long-term relationships with museums and other educational organizations in order to fulfill the Smithsonian’s mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” and to advance the Smithsonian’s Strategic Plan.

The Health Museum's affiliation announcement

Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO of the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science (Houston, TX), with Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton at the museum’s affiliation announcement in 2017.