Museum Partnership Brings Smithsonian Exhibitions to the World

March 22, 2012
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Entranceway

One of my favorite things to do in Washington is to visit a Smithsonian Museum. Today, I was lucky enough to visit the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History where, in my official capacity, we celebrated the launch of our Amazing Ocean Mobile App.

This app, a collaborative venture between the State Department and the Smithsonian Institution, brings the mysteries and beauties of that ocean exhibition to people around the world -- with just a touch of their screens. It is available in English, Simplified Chinese, and Bahasa Indonesian. And we piloted it last month in our missions in China, India, and Indonesia. It has been wildly successful. Already, it has been downloaded in 52 countries.

You can see it for yourselves. It has fascinating and user-friendly facts about the ocean. It engages viewers on matters of the environment and conservation. And it runs on any web-enabled mobile device, tablet, or PC.

We also viewed another example of our collaboration: A poster exhibition that highlights a Washington story that hasn't been told enough: the history of an enterprising and entrepreneurial African-American community -- the roots of the black middle class, which go back to the Reconstruction. These images -- from Duke Ellington to dining car workers -- seen through the lens of photographer Addison Scurlock, won't just be found at the Smithsonian. Thanks to our partnership, people will be able to see them on display in embassies, consulates and American spaces around the world.

My visit was also to strengthen our longstanding collaboration with the Smithsonian. Smithsonian Under Secretary Richard Kurin and I signed a memorandum of understanding which will open the door for more shared projects.

We look forward to working together on other projects, including educational and visitor programs; promoting museum partnerships; and seeking ways to address international cultural issues.

So, wherever you are in the world, feel free to visit the app. And if you are passing through Washington, you can always experience the exhibition -- and the many other attractions at the Smithsonian -- for yourself.



United States
March 23, 2012

Grace in the U.S.A. writes:

Generally exhibition is a very full event for the peoples, they have to learn about new technologies and new events. Its a great experience.


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