Collecting the World: Inside the Smithsonian – Great Big Story (2017)

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMHM) in Washington D.C. was visited by more than 7.1 million people in year 2016. The museums rich collection has over 144 million different artifacts.

Only a very small fraction (less than 1 percent) of these collections are on display to the public. The bottom of the iceberg, the 99 percent of the Smithsonian’s treasures remain behind the scenes. Scientists and curators work with these objects to study and understand the world we live in. Every specimen offers a unique perspective to the natural world. Thanks to the vast content of the collections, we can grasp both ecological and deep evolutionary timescale phenomena.

 

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