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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 offers unparalleled access to the Smithsonian's world of knowledge. Smithsonian Associates programs are now offered simultaneously in person and online, allowing you to enjoy our high-quality, engaging and varied programs on the National Mall or from the comfort of your home.


Take a Look at What We Do

Streaming programs, courses, and more

A stimulating and entertaining range of events covers 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 classes, presented live in person and online by professional artists, are offered in a variety of formats from one-day workshops to multisession classes.

Study tours that travel through history and the imagination

In-person and overnight study tours and virtual 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 tours.

There's Even More to Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Summer Camp

Weeklong in-person and online day camps enable children from kindergarten through eleventh-grade one-of-a kind opportunities to develop new skills guided by scientists, researchers, museum curators, writers and visual and performing artists—and have plenty of fun in the process.

Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures

When the crowds are gone, and the doors have closed, groups and families with children ages 8-14 can experience nighttime adventures at the Smithsonian. Kids and their chaperones will experience the museums in a whole new way during a night of fun that features tours, games, crafts and more.

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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