The Smithsonian Institute consists of nineteen museums, 168 affiliates, two magazine publications, nine research centers and its own police force. Needless to say, its a dream field trip for teachers everywhere, but its not accessible to everyone.
Thankfully, the Smithsonian runs a website with hundreds of resources on countless topics related to the sciences, nature, culture and history. Each individual museum has its own website packed with videos, lessons and resources for teachers.
If you are like me, it may have never occurred to you to check out the website of a museum that you have no intention of visiting. The Smithsonian sites, however, can be incredibly helpful even without a trip to D.C.!