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Museum Research

African Art Museum

Home to the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives for the study of the arts, cultures and history of Africa

Air and Space Museum

Research related to air and space, including aeronautics, space history, earth and planetary studies

American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

One of the nation's leading centers for the study of American art

American History Museum

Research focuses on medicine & science, work & industry, political history, home & community life, culture & the arts and armed forces history

American Indian Museum

Research aims to increase understanding of the indigenous cultures of the Western Hemisphere

Anacostia Community Museum

Community-based documentation and research efforts include oral history interviewing, community mapping projects and community-based collecting

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A center for scholarly and applied research, the museum offers a graduate-level program in the history of decorative arts in partnership with the Parsons New School for Design

Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Department of Conservation and Scientific Research focuses on the collection, preservation, study, and exhibition of Asian art

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The challenge of preserving modern art is the key focus of the museum's conservation team

National Zoo

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute serves as an umbrella for the Smithsonian’s global effort to conserve species and train future scientists

Natural History Museum

Natural History scientists seek the puzzle pieces that will form detailed pictures of vital topics such as evolutionary relationships of organisms, biodiversity loss and global climate change

Portrait Gallery

The Catalog of American Portraits maintains records of historically significant American portraits

Postal Museum

Research on topics of such as current and future postal operations, as well as philatelic and postal history