About The Channel

Smithsonian Channel™ is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment. As a joint venture, Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of Showtime Networks with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian Institution. We create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as: air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture.

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About The Smithsonian

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.

More From The Smithsonian

An African Elephant in the Kenneth E. Behring Family Rotunda of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

An African Elephant in the Kenneth E. Behring Family Rotunda of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Many of the stories, discoveries and achievements celebrated on Smithsonian Channel can be found at the Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine research centers, National Zoo and other locations. Here are some ways to explore the connections between your favorite programs and the cultural institutions that inspired them.