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The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian
Tourmaline "Steamboat", San Diego Co., California
The Smithsonian
Tourmaline "Steamboat", San Diego Co., California
The Smithsonian
Tourmaline "Steamboat", San Diego Co., California
TitleThe Smithsonian Institution
Year of opening1846
DescriptionThe Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals (September 20, 1997 – Permanent) features 2,500 minerals and gems.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829) according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” We continue to honor this mission and invite you to join us in our quest.

Items of specific noteHope Diamond; Hooker Emerald Brooch; Star of Asia sapphire; the Dom Pedro aquamarine, the world's largest faceted aquamarine.
Total number of earth science specimens2,500 on display.
Museum Address600 Maryland Ave SW
United States
Website address
Mindat Locality regionDistrict of Columbia (Washington D.C.), USA
ArticlesThe Smithsonian
By Larry Maltby
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