Smithsonian Institution DC
The Smithsonian Institution works to increase and diffuse knowledge. One of the principle goals of the Smithsonian is creating lifelong memories of discovery for visitors. In communities across the nation, educational programs offer the Smithsonian experience to adults and young people alike. Work of Smithsonian scientists around the globe contributes to what we know about myriad subjects. In 2008, approximately 25.2 million people visited Smithsonian museums, three million visited the national zoo, and 5.1 million visited traveling exhibitions. More than 136 million objects, artworks and specimens make up the institution's collections.