Smithsonian Museums - A Washington, DC Institution!
The Anacostia Community Museum.The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum, a museum of African American history and culture, explores American history, society, and creative expression from an African American perspective. The Museum encourages the collection, protection, and preservation of materials that reflect the history and traditions of families, organizations, individuals, and communities.
Arts and Industries Building.The Arts and Industries Building in Washington D.C. has a special role among Smithsonian buildings as the original home of the National Museum. Designed in a high Victorian style, the building opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery.Located in Washington, DC the Freer Gallery of Art and The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery together form the national museum of Asian art for the United States, featuring an exquisite collection of Asian Ancient Egyptian, and Islamic art, as well as a specialized collection of American art and biblical manuscripts.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the Smithsonian's museum of international modern and contemporary art in Washington, DC. The Museum is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture, and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. Explore the transformative power of modern and contemporary art through meaningful, personal experiences with artists, exciting exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.
National Air and Space Museum.The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. The Museum's National Mall building in Washington, DC displays hundreds of artifacts, including the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia displays many artifacts including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, and Space Shuttle Enterprise.
National Museum of African Art.The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC embraces the diverse artistic expressions found throughout Africa, from ancient to contemporary times. The Museum's collection ranges from ceramics, textiles, furniture and tools to masks, figures, and musical instruments. The arts of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and other media are represented by living artists whose works highlight individual creativity, address global and local art trends, and innovatively transform artistic traditions into modern idiom. African art embodies one of humanity's greatest achievements, which is fusing visual imagery with spiritual beliefs and social purpose.
National Museum of American History & Behring Center.From President Lincoln's top hat to Dorothy's ruby red slippers, the nation's history, science, technology, and culture come alive at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. See the enormous Star-Spangled Banner that inspired the national anthem almost 200 years ago. Stop at the Woolworth counter from segregation-era Greensboro, North Carolina, where four courageous African American students sat down and asked to be served in 1960. Visit The American Presidency exhibition and see the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Museum presents three million objects that preserve the memories and experiences of the American people. The collections and exhibits illustrate the American Dream of freedom, democracy, opportunity, and the belief in progress that shaped the United States.
National Museum of Natural History.The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the world's preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum inspires curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC presents the history and cultures of Africa, our earliest mammalian ancestors and primate diversity around the world, and ancient life forms, including dinosaurs, and explores the beauty of rare gemstones such as uniquely colored diamonds. The Museum's exhibitions educate, enlighten, and entertain millions of visitors