WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, August 10th. The Smithsonian Institution was founded on this date in 1846. It is named for British scientist James Smithson, who willed his fortune to the U.S. to establish the institution, even though he had never visited America. Today, the 170-year-old Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, made up of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and nine research centers. It currently has over 138 million items in its collections. It is one of the main attractions for both American and foreign visitors, and in 2015, hosted 28 million visitors. In addition to the Smithsonian archipelago, there are about 5,050 mostly modest museums in the U.S., employing nearly 92,000 people. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Smithsonian extent, artifacts and visitors/accessed 5/25/2016: http://newsdesk.si.edu/about/stats
Museums/NAICS 712110: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~712110
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau