19 museums. 9 international research centers. 168 million artifacts. One channel. Infinite stories.
Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture of the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks Inc., explores the history of our planet, life and culture, with 100% original, family-friendly programming. From the origins of the universe to the deaths of civilizations, from upscale design awards to down-home chili cook-offs, we tackle subjects as diverse and limitless as the landscape we cover.
Smithsonian Channel brings content from the world's leading cultural institution into a media-rich environment, presenting all programs in true high-definition and Dolby Digital 5.1. We explore and celebrate the people, discoveries and achievements that define our country in a way that entertains, educates and inspires, bringing our American history to life - a story written by us, we the people.
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About Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 by an Act of Congress with its mission as "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Smithsonian Institution consists of 19 Museums (including the top three most visited museums in the world) and the National Zoo. There are over 150 affiliated museums in 39 states, Panama and Puerto Rico, and traveling exhibitions throughout America that visit over 100 museums every year. Smithsonian has 700 world-class scientists on staff and nine research centers around the globe; and over 136 million artifacts - from Dorothy's ruby slippers to the Lunar Orbiter. For over 150 years, the Smithsonian Institution has been "inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery, presenting treasures and cherished memories to over 30 million visitors each year.