Smithsonian Institution | institution, Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Britannica.com

Smithsonian Institution | The Smithsonian Institution’s first building, known as the Castle, was completed in 1855. © Wangkun Jia/Dreamstime.com

Smithsonian Institution | The Smithsonian Institution’s first building, known as the Castle, was completed in 1855. © Wangkun Jia/Dreamstime.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smithsonian Institution, research institution founded by the bequest of James Smithson, an English scientist. Smithson, who died in 1829, had stipulated in his will that should his nephew and heir himself die without issue, his remaining assets would pass to the United States and be used to found the Smithsonian Institution.”

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