The new name for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is an apt nod to its British heritage.
The Smithsonian’s new name, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, was unveiled Thursday.
The new title was chosen by a committee led by the museum’s vice president for naming and branding, and will be unveiled at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington in the fall.
The new name is an acknowledgment of the museum as a cultural institution that traces the origins of the American way of life.
Its mission, according to the museum, is to preserve, preserve, and preserve.
The museum’s mission statement, according the statement, is: “The Smithsonian Museum of Modern Art is a global, multidisciplinary institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through the dissemination of art and the promotion of ideas and ideals of respect and equality.
We celebrate the creative and scholarly work of America’s great thinkers, inventors, inventing fathers, and explorers, and the lasting contributions they have made to the advancement of mankind.”