The Smithsonian Institute

Kelly Ross

Grammar — Intermediate Level
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The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846. British scientist James Smithson, who died on 1829, left most of his wealth to his nephew Henry James Hungerford. Henry died childless in 1835. According to Smithson's will, the estate was passed "to the United States of America, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution".

The Smithsonian hence became a group of museums and research centers administered by the government of the United States. It became known as "the nation's attic" for its eclectic holdings of 138 million items. The Institution's nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo include historical and architectural landmarks, mostly located in Washington D.C. The Institution's thirty million annual visitors are admitted without charge.
  1. The Smithsonian Institute is comprised of   number of museums and research centers

  2. James Smithson left his nephew   exceptionally large amount of money upon his death

  3. Its holdings consist of   138 million item collection

  4. Most of the Smithsonian Institute centers and   museums are situated in Washington, D.C.

  5. Visitors to the centers do not have to pay   entrance fee


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  1. What are some famous landmarks in your country? Why are they popular?

  2. If you had a lot of wealth and no family, who would you leave it to? Why?

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