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Founded 1841 as National Institution for the Promotion of Science by a group of prominent private citizens who hoped to be entrusted with the management of the Smithsonian bequest; inc. 1842 as National Institute for the Promotion of Science; collections turned over to the newly formed Smithsonian Institution in 1846. From the description of Records, 1840-1847. (Historical Society of Washington, Dc). WorldCat record id: 70939674 The National Institute for the Promotion of Sc...
The Smithsonian Institution was established on August 10, 1846, is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. The institution is named after its founding donor, British scientist James Smithson. Originally organized as the United States National Museum.James Smithson (1765-1829), a British scientist, left his estate to the United States to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusio...