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This introduction to the Smithsonian, aimed at a young audience, "describes the contents of the 13 separate buildings of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the activities of this institution, and its mysterious origins." Includes drawings of museums, and the history of James Smithson and his bequest.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Renwick Gallery


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • SI, Early History
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Children

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