August 10: Smithsonian Institution
On this day in 1846, the United States Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institution after receiving a donation of $500,000 from British scientist James Smithson. The Smithsonian has grown to include nineteen museums, nine research centers, and a zoo. Our resource collection includes hundreds of photos for classroom use from the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, the Hirshhorn, as well as the “Castle” and surrounding gardens.
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Smithsonian Institution Locations
The Smithsonian offers a wide variety of museums and galleries, and even a zoo in the Washington area. We have photo galleries of six of these locations.