Smithsonian Institution

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The 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoological Park encompass an unparalleled range of America's cultural, social, scientific, and artistic heritage. The Smithsonian is the legendary Hope Diamond, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis airplane, Abraham Lincoln's top hat worn the night of his assassination, Texas's largest cockroach, the First Ladies' inaugural gowns, the Star-Spangled Banner, the African bull elephant diorama. The scope of the Smithsonian's collections is so wide and so eclectic that the Institution is a true celebration of creativity, history, discovery, and ambition. In Smithsonian Institution: A Photographic Tour, we invite you to relive a recent visit or make plans for a future one. Whether recalling a favorite museum or viewing the bounty of the Smithsonian for the first time, armchair tourists will delight in this visual tribute to the most visited museum complex in the world.

Museum Story

In presenting its national collections, the Smithsonian Institution creates lifelong memories for millions of visitors annually. The Institution touches the lives of Americans in communities across the nation with outreach programs that offer the Smithsonian experience.


  • Hardcover
  • 72 pages, 200 color photographs
  • 6.5" x 8"

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