Every Collection has a StoryThe Archives holds records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, and research. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of the history of American experience, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding.
Monkey Island, a new exhibit for primates consisting of a 25-foot high bluff of natural stone bordered on three sides by water and landscaped with pine trees and aquatic plants and home to Barbary macaques, opens at the National Zoological Park.More
The Smithsonian’s Second Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird dedicated his career to creating a great national museum at the Smithsonian, the U.S. National Museum that opened in 1881. Learn about Baird and the fulfillment of his dreams.