Smithsonian Day - September 18
Sun, Sep 18, 2022

Smithsonian Day

Smithsonian Day is an annual holiday dedicated to the Smithsonian Institution. Celebrated on September 18th. It is attended by various museums, zoos, exhibition centers and many other similar institutions open their doors to visitors. People have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of a huge number of unique exhibits and relics, the history of which is hundreds and thousands of years old.


The Smithsonian Institution is a huge research center that has been actively developing since the second half of the 18th century. The project was developed by British scientist James Smithson. In 1849, the builders began to bring it to life, and after 6 years it was ready for opening.

In 1846, the Senate officially supported the idea of ​​​​creating an institute, providing it with state support. Many talented specialists in their fields arrived at the institution. In addition to research, the institute kept thousands of relics and collections, which were replenished annually. The name “attic of the nation” has stuck behind it – more than 150 million different items dating from different time frames are stored there.

Currently, the Institute is a huge complex, including 21 museums, a zoo and nine research centers.

How to celebrate

  • Visit the Smithsonian Museum to immerse yourself in a world of unique historical artifacts. To learn more new information about the presented finds, use the services of a guide.
  • Purchase books published by the institute. There you can read a lot of interesting things both about the research center itself, its features, and about ongoing research.
  • Tell your friends about this holiday. Create a post on social networks, telling about your first visit to the institute and impressions.

When is Smithsonian Day celebrated in 2022?

Smithsonian Day is observed on September 18 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 18 2022
Monday September 18 2023
Wednesday September 18 2024
Thursday September 18 2025
Friday September 18 2026

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