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|An independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding some 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," and a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history. The Smithsonian is composed of 16 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and numerous research facilities in the United States and abroad. Nine Smithsonian museums are located on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Capitol; 5 other museums and the Zoo are elsewhere in Washington, D.C., and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian are in New York City. This site includes the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), and an events calendar.|
|Levels:||Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College|
|Resource Types:||Museums, Field Trips, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)|
|Math Topics:||Art, Sciences, Social Sciences|
|Math Ed Topics:||Museum Education|
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