Visit the Smithsonian Institution
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The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its retail operations, concessions, licensing activities and magazines. Most of its facilities are located in Washington, D.C. , but its 19 museums, zoo, and nine research centers include sites in New York City, Virginia, Panama, and elsewhere (see below).
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