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Smithsonian’s collections hold more than 138 million objects, from microscopic DNA fragments to huge space shuttles. Our collections enable us to explore important questions about climate change, study endangered cultural traditions, and even identify new species.

Collections at Work

Canada, Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Russian Federation

Arctic Crashes Project: Yakutat Harbor Seals

Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Canada

Recovering Voices