A Smithsonian Affiliate

Smithsonian Institution“The Freedom Museum illustrates the very spirit of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. The museum celebrates the sacrifices and achievements of the American people and American veterans in the 20th century, and it reminds young Americans of their heritage. We are proud to welcome the Freedom Museum into the Smithsonian family.”Smithsonian Institution Secretary

Freedom Museum Members Benefit

The Freedom Museum is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.  As a member of the Freedom Museum, you will receive the following additional benefits because of our exclusive affiliation program:

  • Receive Free Smithsonian Magazine


About the Smithsonian Affiliate Program

Smithsonian Affiliations offers museums, nonprofit cultural institutions and educational organizations across the country the opportunity to have greater access to Smithsonian collections and resources. Through Smithsonian Affiliations, the Smithsonian fulfills its outreach mission of sharing artifacts, programs and expertise.

Smithsonian Affiliations has established partnerships with more than 160 museums and educational and cultural organizations in 40 states, Panama and Puerto Rico since it was established in 1996. Smithsonian Affiliations hosts a national conference each June in Washington, D.C. for Affiliates.

The Smithsonian’s collections-based Affiliations program permits the long term loan of artifacts and enables Affiliates to incorporate Smithsonian collections in more than one format, allowing for alternative means of exhibiting the Institution’s more than 136 million object collection. Smithsonian Affiliates may integrate Smithsonian artifacts and collections into their exhibitions, their educational initiatives and their research programs.

In addition to borrowing objects from the Smithsonian’s collections, many Affiliates are incorporating the outreach services the Institution offers—for curriculum development in local schools, lectures, traveling exhibitions, workshops, study tours and other programs. The Smithsonian also shares its staff expertise in the areas of conservation, collections care and exhibition development with Affiliates.

“Today, Smithsonian Affiliations is doing more than sharing its treasures with the museums of America,” said Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations. “We are building relationships with people in neighborhoods coast to coast, ensuring that all Americans can enjoy a quality Smithsonian experience, regardless of their proximity to Washington, D.C.”

Since 1997, Affiliates have borrowed more than 7,000 artifacts from the Smithsonian collections including the Apollo 13 space capsule (Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kansas), Amelia Earhart’s flight suit (The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas, Texas), Ray Bolger’s scarecrow costume from The Wizard of Oz (Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha, Nebraska), the Saturn V 500D/F rocket (the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama), the 10,000 Springs Pavilion (Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois) and more than one hundred mineral specimens (Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, Bisbee, Arizona and The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida).

The goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to establish long, meaningful relationships with its Affiliate partners to maximize the cultural and educational benefits that we can bring to a community.