Museum directory for schools, teachers, students and parents
Welcome to the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.
In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up
his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson
stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in
1835), the estate should go "to the United States of America, to found
at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an
establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men."Click Here to go to the Smithsonian Website