Established in 1846, The Smithsonian Institution, is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government.
The following is just a very small sample of some of the interesting and strange items acquired by the institution.
These jars contain preserved muscle tissue taken from the left hind leg of a
woolly mammoth uncovered in 1901 by palaeontologist Eugene Pfizenmayer
Owney the Postal Dog: a stray mixed breed terrier adopted as the first
unofficial postal mascot by the Albany, New York, post office about 1888.
Araham Lincoln's Gold Watch. Gift of Lincoln
Isham, great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln, 1958
Hans Langseth's Beard: The longest beard ever measured at 18 feet 6 inches long.
Jim Henson's Kermit The Frog Puppet
The Saint Augustine Monster: an unidentified organic mass discovered by two young boys on Anastasia Island, Florida in November, 1896.
This Giant Female Squid was caught in a fisherman's net off the coast of Spain in 2005. It was probably 2-3 years old and, when alive, 11 meters (36 feet) long with tentacles that extended 6.7 meters (22 feet). It weighed more than 150 kilograms (330 pounds).
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers: Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes
as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz.
Coelacanth Fish: It was believed that the coelacanth was extinct until 1938 when the first live one was caught off South Africa.
David Vetter's Bubble Suit: David Vetter, known as The Bubble Boy, was a Texas
boy who was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, a disease which
required him to live in a sterile, plastic isolation unit. NASA scientists
designed and created a special suit for David, which resembled astronauts' space