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Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful
The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program offers a stunning variety of educational and cultural programs that open the doors to the Smithsonian's world of opportunity.

About Us

Experience and Enjoy the Smithsonian as an Insider

Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—produces vibrant educational and cultural programming that offer unparalleled access to the Smithsonian's world of knowledge. Smithsonian Associates Streaming now allows you to enjoy our high-quality, engaging and varied programs from the comfort of your home.

Take a Look at What We Do

Streaming programs, courses, and more

The monthly calendar offers a stimulating and entertaining range of events covering the full scope of the humanities, sciences, and arts. Join experts in everything from archeology to literature to high-tech espionage as they share insights, discoveries, and new ideas.

Studio arts courses that bring color to your life

Whether you're inspired to pick up a paintbrush, camera, or calligrapher's pen, a whole palette of choices awaits you. Hands-on virtual classes led by professional artists are offered in a variety of formats from one-day workshops to multisession classes.

Virtual tours that travel through history and the imagination

Study tours take groups beyond the National Mall. Follow in the footsteps of history, visit stunning exhibitions at museums; join experts in art, design, architecture, and science on special-topic virtual tours.

There's Even More to Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Virtual Adventures

Year-round virtual learning experiences introduce the world of the Smithsonian to children from kindergarten through 11th grade. Interacting with experienced instructors, kids and teens explore Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed sessions—in live, facilitated activities with peers online, along with additional challenges and projects to continue offline.

MA in Decorative Arts and Design History

Through a partnership with George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, students can pursue a Master of Arts degree in Decorative Arts and Design History. Students in the program are connected to the Smithsonian's expansive network of professionals, research communities, and state-of-the-art conservation facilities.

Smithsonian Associates Art Collectors Program

Smithsonian Associates' Art Collectors Program invites collectors to purchase commissioned contemporary fine art prints and posters by acclaimed American artists. Proceeds support the educational and cultural programs of the Smithsonian Associates.

Join Us as a Member!

Becoming a Smithsonian Associates member is one of the smartest and easiest ways to become a Smithsonian insider. Members receive a range of valuable benefits, including early ticket access, discounts, and more. In addition, members play a vital role in assuring that our tradition of excellence continues. Although Smithsonian Associates is part of the Smithsonian, we receive no federal funding and rely on support from individual supporters to help us bridge the gap between program expenses and ticket revenues.

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