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.


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    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 "Our Shared Future: Reckoning With Our Racial Past" initiative. Verizon’s support enables high fidelity, 3D scanning of collections and artifacts, and the creation of digital experiences that bring history and culture to life for audiences everywhere.

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 its iconic objects, such as Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from the historic Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon in the National Air and Space Museum, and Cerro Ballena, a unique site that preserved seve

Adobe, The Hydrous and the Smithsonian partnered to build AR Reef, an educational, interactive Augmented Reality (AR) experience, exploring the ocean’s coral reefs, and the threats that they face. The experience uses the Open Access 3D models of coral type specimens from the National Museum of Natural History.

Adobe Research Paris is supporting the 3D Program with processing services for the extremely challenging 3D scan data from the Alan Shepard Mercury Space Suit from the collection of the National Air and Space Museum using an innovative processing technology.