In July 2020, an AllSides editor conducted an independent review of the Smithsonian Magazine's website and gave it a Center rating for its straightforward, factual and well-researched writing. Smithsonian Magazine typically avoids political coverage, instead focusing on hard science, history, nature and technology.
Note that a Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible. It simply means the source or writer rated does not predictably publish perspectives favoring either end of the political spectrum — conservative or liberal.
Smithsonian Magazine is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Magazine is owned and published by the Smithsonian Institution, which is a group of museums and research centers administered by the U.S. government. The first issue was published in 1970. Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com provides in-depth analysis of varied topics within a diverse range of scientific areas.