Smithsonian Day is dedicated to the Smithsonian Institution and celebrated on September 18th. 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 or 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 building started, and after 6 years it was ready to open.
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 keeps thousands of relics and collections, which are replenished annually. The name ‘attic of the nation’ stuck – 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 take part
- Visit the Smithsonian Museum to immerse yourself in a world of unique historical artifacts. Learn more about the presented finds.
- 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 people about your first visit to the institute and your impressions.
When is Smithsonian Day celebrated in 2023?
Smithsonian Day is observed on September 18 each year.