About Us


Together, SITES and Affiliations extend the reach of the Smithsonian beyond Washington, D.C., by bringing its high-quality content, resources, and expertise to people across the nation through collaborations with museums and cultural organizations.  

SITES is the Smithsonian's main exhibits ambassador beyond Washington, D.C. For more than 70 years, the organization has traveled approximately 40 exhibitions annually to hundreds of U.S. cities and towns from coast to coast, where they are viewed by millions of people.  
Museum on Main Street is a Smithsonian outreach program that, through a partnership with state humanities councils, brings traveling exhibitions, educational resources and programming to under-served small towns across America through their own local museums, historical societies and other cultural venues.  

Through scholarly initiatives, public programs, professional development, exhibitions, and more, the Smithsonian Affiliations network of more than 200 organizations works in collaboration with the Smithsonian to catalyze critical conversations in their communities and help their audiences better understand the world around them.

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Immediately Available Exhibitions

Upended exhibition schedules, delays, and cancellations are just a few of the ripple effects of COVID-19. If you are in need of a temporary exhibition for 2021, for any reason, here are some exciting options that are available for immediate booking.  

A New Moon Rises

Available: October 31, 2020 – January 24, 2021 (reduced fee)     

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic

Available: July 3 – September 26, 2021 and October 16, 2021 – January 9, 2022     

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Available: January 30 – April 25, 2021  

Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard

Available: December 19, 2020 – March 7, 2021 and June 26 – September 5, 2021

Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking

Available: July 3 – September 26, 2021

Things Come Apart

Available: June 19 – September 12, 2021        

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Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Museum on Main Street

Smithsonian Affiliations
(202) 633-5300