The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo.

When you visit the Smithsonian, you’re entering the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with approximately 154 million artifacts and specimens.

They are dedicated to public education and scholarship in art, design, science, technology, history, and culture.

Most of the museums are located in the Washington, DC, area with two in New York City. Many of the research centers also host visitors.

With so much to offer the world, t’s no surprise the Smithsonian Institution is one of the most famous collections of museums in the world.

Whether you’re a history buff, a science lover, or an art enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to spend at least a few hours—or maybe even a few days—in these world-renowned collections.

What to See at the Smithsonian?

It’s impossible to see everything, so do a little research before you go to decide which site is at the top of your list.

Is it the Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History?

The flight simulators at the National Air and Space Museum?

The rare giant pandas at the National Zoo?

Or perhaps you have to see the collections at the National Portrait Gallery, the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, or the Renwick Gallery.

Each has something special, so choose what’s most appealing to you.