Affiliations Policy

Smithsonian Affiliations creates long-term relationships with museums and other cultural and educational organizations to fulfill the Smithsonian’s mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” and to advance the Smithsonian’s Strategic Plan. Smithsonian Affiliate organizations are key partners in bringing the Smithsonian’s content, resources, and expertise, including research, educational programming, exhibitions, and collections to new and diverse audiences.

Our work is guided by applicable laws, Institutional policies, codes and best practices of the museum field, and new initiatives established by the senior leadership of the Smithsonian.

Before applying, or as a refresher, please review the detailed list of core policies and principles of the Smithsonian Affiliations program here.

Smithsonian Castle and Enid A Haupt parterre garden on a blue sky day

Completed in 1855, the Castle is the Smithsonian’s signature building and home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center.