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  1. Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum . It comprise of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and affiliates around the world.The institution is named after its founding donor,a British scientist James Smithson.

    As per wikipedia

    Termed “the nation’s attic”[4] for its eclectic holdings of 154 million items,[2] the Institution’s nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo include historical and architectural landmarks, mostly located in the District of Columbia.[5] Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York City, Pittsburgh, Texas, Virginia, and Panama. More than 200 institutions and museums in 45 states,[note 1] Puerto Rico, and Panama are Smithsonian Affiliates.

    The Institution’s thirty million annual visitors[8] are admitted without charge. Its annual budget is around $1.2 billion with two-thirds coming from annual federal appropriations.[9] Other funding comes from the Institution’s endowment, private and corporate contributions, membership dues, and earned retail, concession, and licensing revenue.[2] Institution publications include Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines.

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