Smithsonian Affiliations Proposal Process

Organizations interested in affiliating with the Smithsonian Institution must submit a proposal to Smithsonian Affiliations.

All proposals should include the following:

  • A cover letter or statement describing the various ways in which the organization envisions collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution, its museums, education and outreach offices, and research branches.
  • A completed Profile Summary Sheet
  • Documentation of 501(c)(3) status or status as government-operated entity
    • For applicants organized as 501(c)(3) only: Copies of Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, for the previous two years
  • Organization’s mission statement
  • Organizational chart
  • Annual reports for the past two years (if available)
  • Collections Management Policy
  • A completed American Alliance of Museums Standard Facilities Report. Please contact us with any questions.

Please submit two (2) original copies of the proposal to:
Smithsonian Affiliations
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 942
Washington, DC 20013-7012

To send via FedEx or UPS, please mail to:
Smithsonian Affiliations
470 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Suite 7400
Washington, DC 20024

Object loans at the Museum of American Finance

The Museum of American Finance (New York, New York) featured 27 artifacts from the Smithsonian, including loans from the National Postal Museum, National Air and Space Museum, and National Museum of Natural History in its exhibition Worth its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up. The museum also collaborated with several Affiliates for artifact loans as well.