Smithsonian Institution Law and Legal Definition

The Smithsonian institute is a scientific educational and research institute administered by the government of the U.S. It is also an associated music complex. The Smithsonian institution is the largest museum complex in the world. The institution is named after the British scientist James Smithsonian. The Smithsonian institute is governed and administered by the Board of Regents. It is created mainly for the purpose of increasing and the diffusing of knowledge among people in the U.S.

The Smithsonian institute is a legal body of the federal government. It acts as a trust instrumentality of the U.S. The Smithsonian institute is considered a federal agency, primarily because of the substantial federal funding and the important supervisory role played by government officials. The Smithsonian institute is also entitled to sovereign immunity [O'Rourke v. Smithsonian Inst. Press, 296 F. Supp. 2d 434, 435 (S.D.N.Y. 2003)].