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What is Smithsonian Affiliations?

Smithsonian Affiliations establishes long-term partnerships with museums, education, and cultural organizations to facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions, as well as to develop innovative educational collaborations locally and nationally. Created in 1996 by an act of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the program is overseen by the Smithsonian’s Assistant Secretary for Education and Access and is one of the pillars of the Institution’s national outreach efforts.

There are more than 200 Smithsonian Affiliates in nearly every state, Puerto Rico and Panama. Affiliates represent the diversity of America’s museum community—size, location and subject—and serve all audiences. View the full list of Smithsonian Affiliates here.

What this means for you

Through our museum, epsecially as a member, you can take advantage of a number of opportunities from the Smithsonian and the over 200 other Smithsonian Affiliate museums, which include: