The Smithsonian Institution is comprised of sixteen public museums and the National Zoo. Its core mission—"the increase and diffusion of knowledge"—is also accomplished through extensive public outreach and education programs, as well as the diverse study and field work of Smithsonian scientists at its seven research centers around the globe.
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