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
Live in-person and online 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 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.
Join today and become a member of Smithsonian Associates