The Smithsonian Associates

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Medicine
  • Politics


Ripley Center1100 Jefferson Drive, SW - Suite 3077Washington, DC 20026 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Smithsonian Associates advances the Institution's mission to "increase and diffuse knowledge" through life-enriching educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian's research and collections for DC-region students, families and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.


The Smithsonian Associates - the largest museum-based educational program in the world - has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by the Smithsonian's research, collecctions and exhibitions, since our founding in 1965.

Each year more than 800 individual programs are presented to spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages in the Washington, DC area and beyond.

Smithsonian Associates brings the Smithsonian to life through studio art classes, seminars, performances, lectures, regional study tours, museum sleepovers, festivals and special events.


Would you recommend The Smithsonian Associates?
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by Radwa W. (May 27, 2014)
The Smithsonian Sleepovers are an amazing experience for all parties involved. As a volunteer you meet a lot of great fellow volunteers and you get to interact with the children participating. You learn a lot about the venue where the sleepover is being held, you see all the hard work being put in by the Smithsonian Associates, and you walk away with a great experience. Would definitely recommend for others & participate again.
by Ina G. (May 2, 2014)
The staff at the Smithonsian were very pleasant and energetic about their cause. It was nice to help a cause that was so important to them. I would definitely volunteer for their organization again. I also had a chance to meet a lot of wonderful volunteers.

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