Devoted to the scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political developmentNational of the United States. The SmithsoniansMuseum of National Museum of American HistoryNatural History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of the United States and its many peoples. Current Exhibits Include: First Ladies at the Smithsonian Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
The Smithsonian Institutions NationalNational Air Air and Space Museum maintains theand Space largest collection of historic air andMuseum spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into theThe National Air and history, science, and technology ofSpace Museum holds in aviation and space flight, as well astrust some 50,000objects, including planetary science and terrestrial geologyaircraft, spacecraft, engi and geophysics.nes, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons andartwork. Current Exhibits Include: The original Wright 1903 Flyer The Apollo 11 command module A lunar rock sample that visitors can touch
A permanent collection of more than 100,000 art objects resides in the museumsNational two buildings. The West Building, designedGallery of Art in 1941 by architect John Russell Pope, houses paintings, sculpture and graphic arts from as far back as the Middle Ages. The bright and airy East Building, designed by I.M. Pei, exhibits 20th- and 21st-century art. The museum also includes a large outdoor sculpture garden that exhibits a number of pieces from the Museum’s contemporary sculpture collection.
The National Museum of the American IndianThe National houses one of the world’s largest and mostMuseum of the diverse collections of its kind. The museum’sAmerican architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration withIndian tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America. Current Exhibits Include: Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics Return to a Native Place: Algonquin Peoples of the Chesapeake Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories