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May 24 all-day
Some of the most dramatic events in journalism history are recreated in “I-Witness: A 4-D Time Travel Adventure,” where a 3-D film and fourth-dimension special effects take visitors on a journalistic trip through time. Running[...]
The First World War remade the world geopolitically and transformed how societies engage and relate to military conflict. Artistic expression during the war contributed to this transformation. Before World War I, war art largely depicted[...]
May 24 all-day
Bees in the City @ District Architecture Center  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Birds, bats and butterflies all take part in making our cities green but bees often play the biggest role.  Seventy-five percent of the world’s top 100 food crops rely on pollination from bees and other[...]
The first exhibition to focus exclusively on photographs made in the eastern half of the United States during the 19th century, East of the Mississippi showcases some 175 works—from daguerreotypes and stereographs to albumen prints[...]
A scion of a Protestant upper-middle-class family from Montpellier in southern France, Frédéric Bazille (1841–1870) seemed destined for a career in medicine. In 1862 he traveled to Paris, ostensibly to pursue his medical studies, though[...]
Focusing on forty-five portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton, this special exhibition paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early nineteenth-century St. Petersburg. The intimate portraits,[...]
Consider the influence and intellect of writer Simone de Beauvoir in an interpretation of her Paris studio alcove. This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir’s impact, not only in her time and not only[...]
George Condo: The Way I Think @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The Phillips presents a survey of drawings and paintings by George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire), a prolific painter whose career spans three decades and is best known for his rich pictorial inventions, existential[...]
Guided Highlights Tour @ Newseum, Information Desk
Have limited time, but lots of interest? Take a 60-minute First Amendment Guided Highlights Tour of the Newseum and explore the very best of our exhibits and collections. Buy your tour tickets at the Newseum[...]
The Pollinator-friendly Garden @ District Architecture Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The Pollinator-friendly Garden presents botanical artworks from the collection of Studio 155 artists. These artworks highlight flowering plants that attract pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinating species. Discover decorative plants such as[...]
Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game @ James Madison Memorial Building | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This exhibition features baseball sheet music from the collections of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Most of these works are original copyright deposits and represent only a small fraction of the more[...]
May 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Exploring the Early Americas features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into[...]
May 24 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
American by Belief @ President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home   | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
On July 4, 1864, the same day the Lincoln family moved to the Cottage for the last time, Abraham Lincoln signed into law An Act to Encourage Immigration. This legislation cemented Lincoln and the Republican[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
It is possible to amend the Constitution, but it’s not easy. Only 27 times—out of more than 11,000 tries—have Americans reached consensus to amend the Constitution. Explore the National Archives’ new exhibit “Amending America” to[...]
Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017 @ National Building Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Visit this new exhibition that traces the history and future of Washington, D.C.’s well known and influential mental health facility. Featuring film, photographs, architectural fragments, medical instruments, and an enormous three-dimensional model, the exhibition explores shifting[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Chinamania @ Freer Sackler Gallery | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
A mania for Chinese blue-and-white porcelain swept through London in the 1870s as a new generation of artists and collectors “rediscovered” imported wares from Asia. Foremost among them was American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler.[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
On View March 10-July 2, 2017. Chromatic Scale explores Polly Apfelbaum’s distinctive approach to prints and how it relates to her work in painting, sculpture, and installation. Polly Apfelbaum (b. 1955, Abington, PA) employs bright[...]
At the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall — Congress and the World Wars. The exhibit highlights constituent correspondence, petitions, political cartoons, and posters all examples of how Congress responded to the issues facing the nation[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The stories and experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in four U.S. metro areas (DC, Baltimore, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina) are showcased in this new exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Visitors[...]
April 8, 2017–July 9, 2017 Sackler sublevel 2 In 2014, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan, made an announcement that startled the art world. The new arts center revealed it had discovered a[...]
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers is a highly interactive, hands-on, family-friendly exhibition that allows visitors to learn and use methods employed by Nat Geo explorers in the field. Exhibit visitors will embark on an epic[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
The exhibition communicates a contemporary narrative of mail and the postal service, highlighting the aesthetics of the communication tool itself and the juxtaposition between anonymity and shared experiences. It also demonstrates a unique relationship between[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Venue: American History Museum Event Location: Lower Level, across from the Stars and Stripes Cafe Cost: Tickets always available for purchase at the entrance to the simulator gallery and may also be available at either[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Active as a photographer since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra is known for her strikingly earnest, unsentimental depictions of young people in large-scale color prints. Shooting from a low vantage point with minimal background information,[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Co-sponsor: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation Venue: American History Museum Event Location: Spark!Lab, First Floor, West Wing Cost: Free; first come, first served. Related Exhibition: Places of Invention, Inventive Minds, Landmark[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Discover how colors mix and splatter through a close look at the painting Field for Skyes, by artist Joan Mitchell and a read-aloud of Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up!. Following the story, participants will play[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: American History Museum Event Location: First Floor, West Wing Cost: Free; first come, first served Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible This learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with[...]
May 24 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Venue: American History Museum Event Location: Meet at either Welcome desk Cost: Free; walk-in Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum. Daily: 10:15 AM and 1[...]
Venue: American History Museum Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater Cost: Free Accessibility: Assisted listening devices,Wheelchair accessible The museum’s signature film “We the People” is a 20-minute celebration of the national ideals of democracy, opportunity and[...]
May 24 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Venue: American History Museum Event Location: Location of carts vary; for location and schedule, check at either Welcome desk Cost: Free; walk-in (for all ages) Docents stationed at carts help visitors get their hands on[...]