From Smithson to Smithsonian

The Birth of an Institution

How did an Englishman’s bequest fund the creation of the world’s largest museum and research complex in the United States?  Follow the development of the Smithsonian from James Smithson's curious will, to debates over the Institution's founding, the building of the United States National Museum, and the Institution's 150th anniversary to find out. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Archives and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

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