Seeing the Smithsonian: The Offical Guidebook to the Smithsonian Institution, Its Museums and Galleries

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Work is essentially a glossy, popular guidebook to the Smithsonian. Includes visitor information such as hours, locations of buildings, and most popular holdings. Gives historical information on the Secretaries, the buildings, the National Mall, and exhibits. Also includes several floor-by-floor tours of museums, including the National Museum of Natural History and Natural Portrait Gallery. Chapters on several museum also include "What's going on and where to find it," which contains visitor information, including public transportation routes, parking, notable exhibits, feeding times (for National Zoo), and location of the museum shops. Also includes information on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art.


  • 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.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • Renwick Gallery
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. Contains many glossy photographs of the most popular exhibits.

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




  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Museum visitors


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