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Valuing World Cultures

  • What are the challenges to cultural diversity, and what are the strategies people use to maintain, assert, and represent their cultural identities?
  • What do art, music, and other creative expressions around the world tell us about cultural values and important contemporary issues?

With a presence in at least one hundred countries and expertise and collections encompassing the globe, Smithsonian staff—including anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, educators, and folklorists—engage people in valuing and understanding the world's richness. Through their research, collections, exhibitions, and outreach, they build bridges of mutual respect and present the diversity of world cultures with accuracy and insight. In this way, the Smithsonian increases respect for different ways of life and helps ensure that we preserve cultural treasures wherever they are found.

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June 24-28

All activities are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall

Thursday, June 24 Friday, June 25 Saturday, June 26 Sunday, June 27 Monday, June 28
  • Arctic Center
  • Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: Haiti
  • Explore Bill
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Indigenous Geography
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Museum of Natural History: Recovering Voices
  • National Museum of American History: Numismatics
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Collection
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Journeys
  • Anacostia Community Museum: African Presence in Mexico
  • Freer and Sackler Galleries: Conservators
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Inka Road
  • The Culture Game: AnthroQuest

July 1-5

Thursday, July 1 Friday, July 2 Saturday, July 3 Sunday, July 4 Monday, July 5
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Inka Road
  • Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: Will to Adorn
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Inka Road
  • Freer and Sackler Galleries: Cambodian Bronzes
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian Libraries
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute/Panamanian Passages
  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute/Panamanian Passages
  • Panama Passages
  • Smithsonian Latino Center