Smithsonian to Provide Free Content During Quarantine

Smithsonian Enterprises has worked with its partners to provide educational content to families stuck at home.
License Global

April 20, 2020


Smithsonian Enterprises has worked with its partners to make Smithsonian licensed content available for free.

“The Great Tours: Washington, D.C.,” created with the Smithsonian and The Great Courses, has been made available on

The 24-video series invites learners and viewers to uncover Washington, D.C. with host Dr. Richard Kurin. Viewers can also now access video content freely from Smithsonian Channel and other major film distributors through Smithsonian Theaters.

Smithsonian Channel has offered a promotional code to access Smithsonian Channel Plus for free for one month. Also, all episodes of “Aerial America”


are available for free streaming. Smithsonian Theaters has worked with distributors to release 

five films

 for free online streaming as well, including “America’s Musical Journey,” “Wild Ocean” and “Fighter Pilot.”

Along with Smithsonian Enterprise content, the Smithsonian Institution has aggregated a slate of free educational resources into its 


Learning Lab

. Resources are focused on pre-K-12 education and include learning plans tied to national learning standards as well as added support for educators and parents. has also created three hubs to bring free content to the public. The content focus on COVID-19 news, distance education resources and virtual travel to help people explore the world from their homes.

The news of free content comes after the announcement of the Smithsonian’s recent 

partnership with IDW

 to create a line of educational graphic novels.

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