Despite these precautions, there was an unprecedented amount of theft in Smithsonian facilities over the 1970s and 1980s. Among the high- profile crimes was the 1981 theft at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) of four objects, including a set of George Washington's false teeth.
As Around the Mall blog and others have reported, this myth may have been perpetuated by the movie Night at the Museum, but there are no storage facilities under the Mall. However, there are unused tunnels under the National Mall that connect the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of Natural History.
As of 2021, the Institution's endowment had a total value of about $5.4 billion.
Let's also pretend like the Smithsonian is one building and not lots of collections all over the place. So for the public exhibits, it would take 95 days, 3 hours, and 20 minutes of continuous viewing to see everything; with the 8 hours per day limit, that's 286 days, or about 9 months.
The Smithsonian has two sources of funding - federal appropriations and income generated from gifts, revenue-generating activities, and investments (referred to as Smithsonian "trust funds").
Congress vested responsibility for the administration of the Smithsonian in a Board of Regents, consisting of the Chief Justice of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, three members of the United States Senate, three members of the United States House of Representatives, and nine citizens.
The Institution, established in 1846, is governed by a board of regents which, by law, is composed of the vice president of the United States, the chief justice of the United States, three members of the Senate, three members of the House of Representatives and nine citizen members.
The National Air and Space Museum's flagship building on the National Mall will temporarily close to the public March 28, 2022, until fall 2022 to complete work on the first new galleries in the west wing of the building. The museum has been undergoing a major renovation since late 2018.
The Hope Diamond, the largest of all blue diamonds, 45.52 carats, exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History.
The museums, which had been temporarily closed due to staffing shortages brought on by Covid-19, will reopen to the public in March.
Are Smithsonian Federal Employees the Same as Employees at a Regular Federal Agency? Generally, yes. Smithsonian federal employees are regular civil service employees. The Smithsonian does not have political appointees.
The Louvre, the world's most visited museum, has artwork and objects exhibited across 72,735 square meters, making it also the largest museum in the world.
Among the Smithsonian museums and institutions in the United States, the National Museum of Natural History was the most visited establishment in 2021, with approximately 983 thousand visits.
The tunnels that connect the Cannon and James Madison Buildings to the Capitol and other nearby buildings, as well as various underground parking garages, are part of a labyrinth of at least 19 underground passages on Capitol Hill that people and vehicles can move through.
The White House to Treasury Building tunnel is a 761-foot (232 m) subterranean structure in Washington, D.C. that connects a sub-basement of the East Wing of the White House to the areaway which surrounds the United States Treasury Building.
The National Mall Underground, a two-story, multi-purpose flood reservoir facility to be located beneath the grass panels between the Smithsonian Castle and the Natural History Museum, will be able to take in 30 million gallons of stormwater, more than the volume of the 200-year flood in 2006.
The Taylor–Burton Diamond, a diamond weighing 68 carats (13.6 g), became notable in 1969 when it was purchased by actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Burton had previously been the underbidder when jeweller Cartier bought the diamond at auction for $1,050,000, setting a record price for a publicly sold jewel.
The Hope Diamond Was Stolen
During the Reign of Terror, the crown jewels (including the blue diamond) were taken from the royal couple after they attempted to flee France in 1791. The jewels were placed in the royal storehouse known as the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, but were not well guarded.
As of March 11, masks are not required to visit Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo. While it will not be required, all visitors who feel more comfortable wearing a face mask during their visit are encouraged to do so. Visitors are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the museum.
The National Museum of Natural History is closed effective tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 30, and is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Like many other organizations, the Smithsonian has been managing the direct and indirect outcomes of the latest surge in covid infections caused by the omicron variant.
Open through July 6, 2022
Extended hours Friday and Saturday until 7 p.m.
Addthis Share Tools. The Smithsonian will receive a $200 million donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon, and founder of aerospace and space flight company Blue Origin. The donation is the largest gift to the Smithsonian since the Institution's founding gift from James Smithson in 1846.
The Smithsonian Institution has, in fact, kept its museums and the zoo free so that they are not cost-prohibitive for schoolchildren or others -- "so you don't have to have any income level" to enjoy them -- Smithsonian Institution spokesperson Linda St.
The Smithsonian Institution is an “independent establishment in the executive branch” and is there fore an "executive agency” for purposes of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act.