The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. The institution Nineteen museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoological Park, comprise the Smithsonian museums. Eleven are on the National Mall, the park that runs between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building. Other museums are located elsewhere in Washington, D.C., with two more in New York City and one in Chantilly, Virginia.
National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian's largest in terms of floor space, opened in June 1976. The museum contains the Apollo 11 command module, and Lunar Module 2, the Friendship 7 capsule which was flown by John Glenn, Charles Lindbergh's The Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1 which broke the sound barrier, the North American X-15 the first near orbital aircraft and the Wright brothers plane near the entrance.
Captain America Exhibition
The museum also contains an exhibition honoring the life of Captain America. The exhibit; comprised by several panels and areas about actions during World War II. There are statues of Cap and Bucky battling the Red Skull, a single statue honoring Bucky and replicas of the various versions of Captain America's Shield..
The exhibition also has displays of the later Captain Americas who operated during the Cold War. This included a statue of Captain America II battling an enemy, a Daily Bugle showing Captain America III battling the mob, and Captain America IV battling a soviet villain.
Smithsonian National Design Museum
At a gala in the Smithsonian, Sharon Carter was approached by an agitated man that identifies himself as Geraldo Lucky, who Carter identifies as an international arms and drug dealer. Lucky confesses he had mistakenly made a deal with Lucia von Bardas, placing her back in charge of Latveria. Geraldo suddenly collapses, and a green liquid started to pour from his mouth and eyes. After encouraging the attendants to evacuate, she approached him to demand what did von Bardas want him to tell her. He proclaims, "I guess... this" and an explosion ensued.
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