The Smithsonian Institution (novel)

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The Smithsonian Institution
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Cover of the first edition
Author Gore Vidal
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown
Publication date
October 15, 1998
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 272 p.
ISBN 0-316-64504-4
OCLC 60211198

Gore Vidal's 1998 novel The Smithsonian Institution is a fictional account of the adventures of "T." as he helps a group of scientists in the basement of the Smithsonian create the neutron bomb, and encounters historical figures such as President Abraham Lincoln, Charles Lindbergh, Eleanor Roosevelt and Mrs. Grover Cleveland.

Vidal supposedly claimed that this was the inspiration for the 2006 film Night at the Museum[citation needed]. The film was in fact based on the 1993 children's book The Night at the Museum[citation needed]. The original version of that children's book had the night watchmen seeing dinosaurs come to life—not historical figures—and not inside the Smithsonian, as they do in Vidal's novel.