Smithsonian, Office of International Relations & Programs

  • DC



United States

About Us

Since our inception in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution’s mission – the increase and diffusion of knowledge – has driven everything we do. As the largest museum and research complex in the world, the Smithsonian offers unparalleled breadth and depth across disciplines and functions – from astronomy to natural sciences, from ancient archaeology to modern art, from the study of ancient traditions to the exploration of contemporary crowd-sourced content, covering 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Our collection contains more than 137 million objects, and last year alone 30 million people walked through our doors.

Our success in achieving mission depends upon our ability to work with – and learn from – peer institutions worldwide with similar missions. We are a known and trusted partner with extensive networks around the world across all disciplines and museum functions, and therefore have unparalleled convening power and are the trusted advisor and partner to hundreds of museums and organizations around the world. As a critical element of our partnerships, we work closely with organizations to help strengthen the capacity of the cultural sector