Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Published Monthly  11 issues per year
(8 Reviews)
4.5 8.0
Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Museum, is a monthly magazine that uniquely covers nature, history, archeology, science, popular culture, and the arts. More Info >>
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About Smithsonian

First published in 1970, each monthly issue is packed with interesting in-depth features, the latest news, and eye-catching photography that aim to make the past relevant to the present. Ideal for well-rounded individuals with diverse interests, Smithsonian magazine explores our changing world through the arts, history, sciences, and popular culture.

The magazine is comprised largely of in-depth features, usually five to seven per issue, with occasional shorter columns. It has been voted the most interesting magazine in America.

Throughout the year, Smithsonian magazine publishes special editions devoted to anniversaries of historic events, museum collections, and its annual ingenuity awards.Readers interested in well-written pieces that explore the world around them would love a subscription to Smithsonian magazine!
Issues per Year: 11
Estimated Delivery: 6-8 Weeks
Publishing Frequency: Monthly
Publisher Name: Smithsonian Institution

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By TheEagleHasLanded

from Menlo Park, CA USA

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  • Engaging Articles
  • Good Print Quality
  • Insightful Analysis
  • Quality Photos
  • Up-To-Date Content
  • Well Written Articles


    Best Uses

    • Bathroom reading
    • Bedtime reading
    • Reference
    • Teenagers And Up
    • Travel Reading

    I really enjoy this magazine. I found it was the go-to magazine when I was at a doctor's office, the dentist's office or getting my hair done. The articles cover science, history, objects, books, and just about anything else you can think of that might be connected to the research and items in the many Smithsonian Museums. I am gleeful when I look at the table of contents of each new issue because there is such a range of topics covered by this magazine.

    For example, the Nov. 2013 issue, which is not a typical issue covers the 101 objects that made America including buffalo, the AIDS quilt, Harriet Tubman's Hymn Book, Polio Vaccine, a gold nugget, "This Land is Your Land" by Woodie Guthrie, clovis points, a ration ticket and Lewis and Clark's compass. That gives you some idea about the breadth of items discussed in this magazine's pages.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Great mag, great institution!

    By jassmuse

    from Charlottesville, VA

    Great way to learn about our world - past, present, and still-to-come.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Stable, consistent, educational publication

    By ktg

    from Lancaster, PA

    I've been getting the magazine for years. It has changed little in terms of its overall quality. Since some of the content draws on the Smithsonian itself, those articles greatly benefit from the vast wealth of material in that collection. A good choice for history or science buffs.

    (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


    Changes in layout are not always good

    By Teacher2

    from U.S.

    I had been a subscriber of Smithsonian magazine for over 20 years. Then they decided to change their layout. They should have stuck with what worked. The ads are confusing as well as the beginning of a new article. You can't tell at a glance whether you are viewing a new article or just another ad. Sometimes when you think you are turning a page with an ad on it, it is actually a beginning of a new article. And the content page is a few pages in instead of being at the beginning. They must have hired some kid fresh out of college who thought had some new ideas to update the magazine. They need to make the magazine user-friendly like it used to be. I hated ending my subscription but it was just too frustrating to read.

    (9 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


    Adds to a well-rounded understanding of our past and present

    By Harttx

    from SoCal

    I've been a 20+ year subscriber to Smithsonian magazine and I've learned more science, history, geography and sociology than I ever read in a schoolbook in depth coverage of all their articles is superb. Of all the gifts my kids and grand kids get during the year this tops the list.

    (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)



    By slatty

    from Southern state

    Smithsonian magazine is always fun to get since I am never sure of what I will be reading about from one magazine to the next.

    (13 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


    Pleasant Experience

    By Kip

    from Corning, California

    After receiving the email to purchase magazines at, I ordered Smithsonian Magazine. The process of placing the order was fast and easy. Plus, I was able to subscribe to the magazine at a great rate! As for the Smithsonian Magazine, it is the best. I look forward to each and every issue.

    (10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


    Interesting Magazine

    By Science reader

    from Boston, MA

    I ordered Smithsonian magazine for my 11-year-old daughter and she generally loves it. It has some topics that they study at school. But the articles are not that engaging, and I find them little bit boring and either too long or too short. It also has too many ads and a lot of the ads are not related to the essence of this magazine. I'll keep reading some more issues and then decide if I want to cancel the subscription.

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    I’ve always loved traveling, and I enjoy learning as much as I can about history, science, and the arts. That’s why I love Smithsonian magazine. It features unique and well-rounded articles offering in-depth views of different facets of the world.

    There are articles about everything from ancient Italian art to the newest photography of the Tibetan monks. Smithsonian magazine provides individuals with a way to immerse themselves in a particular world. Each article consists of a handful of well-researched features, with topics ranging from history to art to news to photography.

    My favorite photography section is called “Indelible Images,” where an article explains the history and news behind eye-catching and iconic photos. With everything from stunning pictures of the Alps to articles about Leonardo da Vinci, Smithsonian magazine is a feast for both the eyes and the mind.

    Another favorite feature of mine is the “Around the Mall” article, which updates me on the latest news surrounding the Smithsonian museums. It has informative interviews with the behind-the-scenes crew responsible for all the amazing work at the museums.

    I love reading about all the exciting exhibits and occurrences at the Smithsonian. The science columns are also fascinating. They feature articles ranging from human behavior to space to wildlife. I love learning little-known facts about our solar system as well as reading about the intriguing nature of the human body. There are articles on anything from weird genetic disorders to the inner anatomy of beloved cartoon characters.

    Smithsonian magazine is dedicated to making the past relevant in the present through relating and analyzing the bonds between art, history, science, and pop-culture. I love to learn about how the past affects the present or how art and science converge. Smithsonian magazine explores the world in new, innovative ways, and I love to learn from it.

    If you are enthusiastic about history, science, or nature, you should check out our current Smithsonian magazine subscriptions deals at, and don’t hesitate contact us with any questions you may have.

    We’re always here to help!