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.
Captain America Exhibit
The Smithsonian branch in Washington, D.C. displayed a Captain America exhibit; comprised by several panels and areas about his life before Project Rebirth, his returning ceremony by President Matthew Ellis, his actions during World War II, a section dedicated to the Howling Commandos, and a memorial for Bucky Barnes.
Visit by Captain America
Steve Rogers visited the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where an exhibit dedicated to him as Captain America was being held, in order to remind himself who he was, now that the world had changed too much and it wanted him to change too.
Going unnoticed and keeping his face hidden under a baseball cap, Rogers walked through the exhibition, entering through the doors with panels regarding the words from President Matthew Ellis to him upon his return, and photographs of his time during World War II. The narration of the exhibition described Captain America as a symbol to the nation and a hero to the world, whose story simbolizes honor, bravery and sacrifice. It explained how Rogers was denied enlistment in the regular army due to his health, and how he was chosen for a program that transformed him into the world's first super soldier.
A boy visiting the museum recognized Rogers, but he silently asked the boy to keep his presence secret putting his finger against his mouth. The boy simply nodded, amazed to see Captain America in person.
Rogers continued visiting the museum, holding replicas of his motorcycle, and film footage of the 1940s, and soon reached the area dedicated to the Howling Commandos, where mannequins dressed with replicas of his own uniform and those of the rest of the commandos where the central display. The walls showed a solemn photograph of Rogers with Bucky Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, James Montgomery Falsworth, Jacques Dernier and Jim Morita, over a motive of the american flag. The narration described that Captain America and his Howling Commandos quickly marked a difference during thw war, as they were tasked with defeating the Nazi rogue science division, HYDRA.
Rogers walked to the display in memorial of his friend Bucky Barnes, described as Rogers' best friend since childhood, who, according to the historical records, was the only Howling commando to give his life in service. Rogers' face showed the regret for being unable to save him.
Rogers entered a projection of an interview made to Strategic Scientific Reserve agent Peggy Carter and recorded in 1953 in New York City. In the interview, Carter described a rescue performed by Captain America, where he was able to rescue a thousand men trapped by a blizzard behind the German line, and how Rogers fought his way through a HYDRA blockade. Carter revealed in the video that one of the men rescued in that operation later became her husband, as Captain Rogers was able to change her life even after his presumed death.
Steve Rogers returned to the Smithsonian Museum in order to retrieve a replica of the uniform he used during World War II, to use it in the upcoming battle against HYDRA to the stop the Helicarriers connected to Project Insight.
The Winter Soldier, disguised in civilian clothes, visited the Captain America exhibit in the Smithsonian, following a battle against Captain America in one of the Insight Helicarriers where he started to remember his previous identity as Bucky Barnes.
The mannequin displaying a replica of the uniform he wore during World War II had been placed at the center of the Howling Commandos wing of the exhibit, as the replica of Captain America's Uniform had been stolen. While in the museum, Barnes stopped at the memorial panel dedicated to himself, that told data about his own past, and he recognized himself in the photographs of the panel.