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Against the Day @ Kreeger Museum
Jul 19 all-day

The Kreeger Museum presents Against the Day, 2007, a recently acquired work by California sculptor Richard Deutsch that occupies the North Lawn of the Museum. A gift from the Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland, Against the Daycomprises eight distinct sculptures. Five white granite “benches” surround a central row of three geometric forms in white, red, and black granite. The sight lines of Against the Day are intended to draw viewers to the northern edge of the Sculpture Garden, which offers views of the Museum building and nearby contemporary sculpture. On view Sept. 19

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.


American Civics @ The Mansion on O Street
Jul 19 all-day

The first-ever collaboration between acclaimed contemporary artist Shepard Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. In it, Fairey interprets Marshall’s iconic photography from the 1960’s, including images of Johnny Cash, Cesar Chavez, and Fannie Lee Chaney, with five new works, vividly depicting the humanity behind some of our country’s enduring social justice issues: Voting Rights, Mass Incarceration, Workers’ Rights, Gun Culture, and Two Americas. The art of American Civics gives a face to these issues to cultivate dialogue and encourage vigorous solutions to problems that have divided the country and eroded the core of the American ideals.

Anytime Audio Tours
Jul 19 all-day

We are proud to offer our newest, affordable sightseeing option – AUDIO TOURS.  Can’t make one of our guided tours?  Well, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them on a GPS enabled app.  We’ve also included downloadable PDF maps of each walk, so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app (save your battery).

  1. Download our free app on (iTunes) or (Android)
  2. Download any audio tour (Free – $1.99/each)
  3. Enjoy the tour 

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating and playing in the Washington, D.C.

Available Tours:

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Historic Georgetown
  • Georgetown University


Artist Soldiers – Artistic Expression in the First World War @ National Air and Space Museum
Jul 19 all-day

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 heroic military leaders and romanticized battles, done long after the fact, far from the battlefield. The First World War marked a turning point with the appearance of artwork intended to capture the moment in a realistic way, by first-hand participants.

This exhibition examines this form of artistic expression from two complementary perspectives. One is professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army, serving in the AEF. They were the first true combat artists. The other is soldiers who created artwork. Their self-expression in the form of stone carvings in underground shelters, hidden away for a century, has been brought to light for the first time through the stunning photographs of photographer, artist, and explorer, Jeff Gusky. Together, these soldier works of art shed light on World War I in a compelling and very human way.

A collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History.

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jul 19 all-day
May 11, 2018 – March 10, 2019

Silhouettes—cut paper profiles—were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century, offering virtually instantaneous likenesses of everyone from presidents to those who were enslaved. The exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” explores this relatively unstudied art form by examining its rich historical roots and considering its forceful contemporary presence. The show features works from the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of silhouettes, such as those by Auguste Edouart, who captured the likenesses of such notable figures as John Quincy Adams and Lydia Maria Child, and at the same time, the exhibition reveals how contemporary artists are reimagining silhouettes in bold and unforgettable ways.

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
Jul 19 all-day

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Detail of newspaper

Rural Repository, Hudson, New York, February 17, 1849. Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University.
Through September 9, 2018

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who played a role in bringing the U.S. capital to Washington, D.C. Organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.

Museum and Shop Hours

Monday: 11 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday–Thursday: 11 AM–7 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 1–5 PM
Closed on university holidays


$8 suggested donation for non-members. Free for museum members, children, and current GW students, faculty, and staff.

Congress and the Separation of Powers @ United States Capitol
Jul 19 all-day

Why does the U.S. Constitution separate the government into three branches? At the nation’s founding, the Constitution’s framers understood that executive, legislative, and judicial responsibilities differed, and they provided for these distinct functions. They also believed that concentrating authority in one body would result in tyranny. They therefore divided the government into legislative, executive, and judicial branches, so that no single part would become too strong, and empowered each to limit or “check” the powers of the others. This exhibit examines Congress’s unique role and the ways in which it can balance or dynamically shape and challenge the powers of other two branches.

Open through September 2018

The Capitol Visitor Center, the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street.

The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Jul 19 all-day

There are many other bus tours currently running. Be sure to read our comparison post on Washington, D.C. bus tours to help you navigate all the different bus tour options available to you, from open-top double-deckers to small group sprinter vans, from day trips to night tours. We cover it all and provide you with the insight necessary to choose what is best for you.

Diggers & Doughboys: The Art of Allies 100 Years On @ Embassy of Australia
Jul 19 all-day


In 2018, Australia and the United States celebrate a centenary of Mateship that was first forged in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 1918.

This exhibition of artwork from the Australian War Memorial’s collection pictorially documents the centenary of Mateship between our two countries. Many of the artworks were created on location by commissioned war artists and others as forms of propaganda. Each image acts as a historical record of the connection and camaraderie between Australia and the United States.


Date: 18 June – 29 August, 2018
Hours: 10am – 2pm
Location: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036 Open 10am until 2pm weekdays Photo ID essential for entry

Contact: For further information call 202.797.3000 or email:

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress
Jul 19 all-day

The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for incredible self-expression and creativity.

The exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are not needed.

This exhibit runs through October 20.

First Amendment Highlights Tour @ Newseum, Information Desk
Jul 19 all-day

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 admissions desk on the day of your visit at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
60-minute guided tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased on the day of visit.
Tour Start Times

10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

No Tours

Nov. 22, 2018
Dec. 25, 2018

Note: An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available for the 1:30 p.m. tour on the first Saturday of every month.

Form & Function: The Genius of the Book @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jul 19 all-day

Jun 16 – Sep 23, 2018

Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm
Dive deep into one of the world’s greatest technologies—the book. Discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship, and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel. Curated by Renate Mesmer, the Folger’s head of conservation, Form and Function shows the Folger collection from a completely different perspective.
Fun House @ National Building Museum
Jul 19 all-day

For Fun House tickets at the National Building Museum. Tickets are timed and include one hour in Fun Houseand access to all other Museum exhibitions.

Tickets for August will be released July 13.

On display JULY 4-SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

Free: National Building Museum Members; join today.
$16: Adult
$13: Youth (ages 3-17), Student with ID, Senior (ages 60+), AARP Member with ID
$10: Blue Star (ages 3+; limit 6 per family with military ID)

After you purchase your tickets, look out for a confirmation email.

Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
The Building Zone closes at 4 pm

Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018 @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jul 19 all-day

Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018 on through September 16, 2018

Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases contemporary artists working in metal. The exhibition series is presented every two to three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. The 20 committees participating in Women to Watch 2018 worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with metal. From this list, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Heavy Metal.


Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection @ DAR Museum
Jul 19 all-day

Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection

June 25 – December 30, 2018

The author Erik Larson once wrote, “One of the things I’ve always loved is collecting telling little details.”

This exhibit is a collection of “telling little details;” details of lives, of skills, of movements and communities. The 60 objects, which we recently added to our collection, are organized to present a few of the characteristics we consider when we choose to collect an item. One overall theme that joins all together is the desire to understand. Objects help us gain a better comprehension of how our ancestors lived and worked; how they created communities and how, when the need arose, changed their way of life.

Open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.

Questions? Contact Museum staff at 202.879.3241 or