GREAT MUSEUMS TV
Discover the commanding and charismatic characters whose fervor fueled the 20th-century revolution that changed America’s museums from dusty and elitist to dynamic and democratic! This landmark public television special features museum stories coast-to-coast.
Riches, Rivals, and Radicals is hosted by award-winning national correspondent Susan Stamberg, who has covered the world of museums and the arts throughout her broadcasting career.
Portrait Of James Smithson By James Roberts. 1786; Oil On Canvas
James Smithson, the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, was an English scientist who never even visited the United States. Today more than a dozen separate national museums make up the Smithsonian – the museum of the American people.