Donors and Partners


For information about how to support or collaborate with the Digitization Program Office, please send an email to:

The Smithsonian 3D Program thanks its donors and partners for their generous support to digitize the Smithsonian’s collections and make them available for discovery to the world.


Become a Donor or Partner 
Our donors and partners are essential to building the Smithsonian of tomorrow. They support and often collaborate with the 3D Program on exciting projects and technical challenges, all the while supporting our public mission to increase the quantity, quality, and impact of digitized Smithsonian collections. We are especially looking for donors and partners that help address the “scale” challenge in 3D digitization.

Read our blog post "How to Build Partnerships for Museum Digitization in 2020" for more information.


  • Autodesk Logo


    Technology partner Autodesk Inc., a leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, created an in-browser 3D viewing platform so Smithsonian curators can publish interpretive and interactive 3D experiences of Smithsonian collections for the public. Autodesk also deployed specially designed equipment to scan the extremely challenging Apollo 11 Command Module and processed the complex data from multiple 3D capture devices to create one highly detailed and accurate model.

    Autodesk scan the challenging Apollo 11 Command Module with specially designed equipment


Verizon is a Leadership Sponsor of the Smithsonian's "Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past" initiative. Over the course of five years, Verizon will support high fidelity, 3D scanning of collections and artifacts, along with the creation of new "digital experiences" that bring history and culture to life regardless of where the viewer is.

FARO, a longtime supporter of the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, through its 3D laser scanning technology for high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures, has helped the Smithsonian to 3D digitize many of it’s iconic objects, such as Hiram Power’s model of the Greek Slave sculpture (1843) in the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, and Cerro Ballena, a unique site that

Google VR, together with the Air and Space Museum and the Digitization Program Office, captured NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery with Light fields, providing an astronaut’s view inside the orbiter’s flight deck which has never been open to the public through Google VR’s “Welcome to Light Fields” experience.

Materialise is supporting the Digitization Program Office with Mimics Innovation Suite Software licenses for the post-processing of computer tomography (CT) scanning data. The licenses are used for research projects like the 3D rendering of a new fossil dolphin species.

Bob and Judy Huret

We thank them for their generous support for the 3D Program.