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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Apr 25 all-day

When caravans transported commodities to the Mediterranean world and Indian subcontinent, cities along trade routes like Timna (in today’s Yemen) became known for artistic production. Fine alabaster figures, impressive metal work, and funerary busts became hallmark’s of Yemen’s ancient cultural traditions. Long-distance trade with the Greeks, Romans, and Persians introduced artistic and cultural traditions to ancient Arabia. A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen highlights a selection of objects excavated from the region by the pioneer archaeologist Wendell Phillips and his team in 1950 and 1951. See this exhibit on display at the Freer|Sackler until August 2019.

A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
Apr 25 all-day

Today’s culture makes it easy for American women to engage in the world around them, thanks to advances in both women’s rights and technology. But between 1820 and 1920, many women chose to respond to current events and trends creatively, through one of their prescribed activities: needlework. Quilts allowed women to engage in the world while conforming to their era’s gender roles, which restricted middle-class women to the private, domestic sphere. This exhibition will present quilts that reflect their makers’ interest in their world.

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

Questions? Contact Museum staff at 202.879.3241 or museum@dar.org

Anytime Audio Tours
Apr 25 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

 
 

Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 25 all-day

By the late 1960s, the United States was in pitched conflict both in Vietnam, against a foreign power, and at home—between Americans for and against the war, for and against the status quo. Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 presents art created amid this turmoil, spanning the period from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s fateful decision to deploy U.S. ground troops to South Vietnam in 1965 to the fall of Sài Gòn ten years later.

Artists Respond is the most comprehensive exhibition to examine the contemporary impact of the Vietnam War on American art. The exhibition is unprecedented in its historical scale and depth. It brings together nearly 100 works by fifty-eight of the most visionary and provocative artists of the period. Galvanized by the moral urgency of the Vietnam War, these artists reimagined the goals and uses of art, affecting developments in multiple movements and media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance, installation, documentary art, and conceptualism.

MARCH 15, 2019–AUGUST 18, 2019

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Apr 25 all-day

Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting, and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. This exhibit celebrates American gardens created or renovated within the last five years. These gardens showcase new plant collections, create spaces for people to connect with nature, and foster sustainability. Come explore what’s new in public gardens!

Crisis Mode – Endangered Earth @ Zenith Gallery
Apr 25 all-day

This exhibition explores the various ways we can act to save our planet. Zenith Gallery presents work that recycles natural and man-made objects. With views of nature, especially trees, images of action and protest, and the endangerment of animals we explore images of action and protest. Our exhibition is a mix of passive engagement with the environment, and forms that steer us toward solutions that hopefully will rescue and preserve our world.

During the Earth Day celebration, on April 20, the gallery will provide information and actionable tips. Each artist will have their own action plan and describe their work. Learning how to act empowers us all.

Show dates: April 12 – May 11, 2019 

Receptions: April 12, 5:00-8:00 PM & April 13, 2:00-6:00 PM
Earth Day Celebration: April 20, 2-5 PM

Featuring Work by: Elizabeth Ashe, Lea Cragie-Marshall, Katie Dell Kaufman, Michelle Dickson, Margery Goldberg, Carolyn Goodridge, Sally Kauffman, Donna McCullough, Nancy Nesvet, Sabiyha Prince, Alison Sigethy, Ellen Sinel, Patricia Skinner, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Emily Tucci, Jennifer Wagner, and Marcie Wolf-Hubbard.
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Apr 25 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.

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
Apr 25 all-day

Norman Rockwell’s masterpieces make their way to Washington as part of a major international traveling exhibition on the Four Freedoms famously outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  In Enduring Ideals, Rockwell’s iconic paintings and works by other artists capture expressions of freedom from World War II to today.

February  13–April  29,  2019

Monday: 11 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
WednesdayThursday: 11 AM–7 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 1–5 PM
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Apr 25 all-day

Movie theaters are where our culture’s dreams and desires have been projected since the arrival of nickelodeons, providing an enchanting portal into a world where moviegoers could escape their everyday lives. Yet many historic theaters have not escaped the impact of social and technological change, nor the abandonment that has diminished our aging cities. Baltimore, thriving at the dawn of the cinema age, has been home to more than 240 theaters since its first Nickelodeon opened in 1905. Only a handful still function as theaters, but many survive in some form—ghosts on the gritty main streets of Charm City.

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 – OCTOBER 14, 2019

Hill Center Galleries @ Hill Center
Apr 25 all-day

TREEmendous Juried Exhibition
Juror Carole Ottesen, writer, photographer and illustrator specializing in garden subjects, chose the work of 98 artists for an exhibition that focuses on the beauty of trees. Co-sponsored by the Capitol Hill Art League.

Collaborators: Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow
This exhibition features recent work from both Dana and Matt, as well as some of their collaborative works.

Hill Center Galleries has two concurrent exhibitions running through April 28, 2019.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Occasional closings for special events—please call (202) 549-4172 for confirmation of open hours on a particular day

Hoops @ National Building Museum
Apr 25 all-day
March Madness comes to the National Building Museum in the work of photographer Bill Bamberger. The Hoopsphoto exhibit shows outdoor public and private basketball courts and hoops from across the U.S. and around the world. Whether makeshift backyard hoops or playground hubs in the city, Bamberger’s large-format photographs illustrate the worldwide appeal of basketball. Hoops opens on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am and features a tour of the exhibit with the photographer at 11 am. The exhibit continues through January 5, 2020.
IndigoThreads: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Apr 25 all-day

The Embassy of Japan presents the exhibit IndigoThreads: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage, an exhibition exploring the history of indigo dyed fabric and garments in Japan. Traditional Japanese craftsmanship has helped resurrect the classic American blue jean.

MAR 25 – JUNE 28, 2019

Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Apr 25 all-day

Explore headline-making FBI cases and learn how the bureau is fighting terrorism and cybercrime in this special update to one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits.

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the Internet’s sinister Silk Road, go behind the scenes with the FBI to explore how crime and crime-fighting have evolved in the post-9/11 age. As the nation’s top crime-fighting force embarks on its second century, the exhibit will explore how the FBI detects and disrupts terrorists both at home and abroad, and thwarts powerful cyber criminals who steal data and money.

John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
Apr 25 all-day

On display September 7, 2018 — July 7, 2019

John Lennon’s boyhood stamp album—including 565 stamps on more than 150 pages is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. The exhibition coincides with the U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of the John Lennon Forever stamp, honoring the legendary singer and songwriter. The stamp is part of the USPS’ Music Icons series.

Lennon’s older cousin, Stanley Parkes, inspired the future Beatle’s interest in stamp collecting and gave him the album. Lennon rubbed out Parkes’s name and address on the album’s flyleaf, replacing it with his own signature and the address at Mendips, the home he shared with his aunt Mary (“Mimi”) Smith and her husband George. Already a budding artist, Lennon sketched beards and mustaches in blue ink of the likenesses of Queen Victoria and King George VI on the album’s title page.

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Apr 25 all-day

Mark Bradford’s new work at the Hirshhorn spans roughly 400 linear feet inside the cutting-edge Smithsonian museum. Pickett’s Charge is a series of eight abstract paintings that depict the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, commonly noted as the most important battle of the Civil War. The result is a thought-provoking rumination on how we interpret history and the complexities of war. Bradford’s installation will also suggest issues faced by the American people today.

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission

Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Apr 25 all-day
See the best nature photography in the world on the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. More than 26,000 photos were submitted for the Windland Smith Rice International Awards and 60 were selected for display in this visually inspiring exhibit. In addition to the photos, you’ll see a video of manta rays and sharks feeding and a camera display that shows how they have evolved over time. The exhibit is open through September.

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20560 Free admission.

Open every day except Dec. 25 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM

Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
Apr 25 all-day
Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Old Korean Legation is the cradle of Korea-U.S. friendship. In 1889, Korea (then Joseon) established her first diplomatic mission in the U.S. at Logan Circle, Washington, DC, but lost ownership of the legation building in 1910. 102 years later, Korea repurchased the building in 2012; restored it to its original 19th century beauty; and opened it to the public as the Old Korean Legation Museum in May 2018.

ㅇ Open from 10:00 to 17:00
ㅇ Closed on Mondays
ㅇ Free Admission / Free Tour (Both Group and Individual visits)
ㅇ Reservations available at website
ㅇ Tel : (202) 844 – 3330
ㅇ Email : info@oldkoreanlegation.org

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 25 all-day

As part of a series of installations celebrating its golden anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey,” a one-room exhibition that looks back at an extraordinarily important and memorable time in American history. The show relies on some thirty portraits to tell the story of 1968, the year when the Vietnam War reached a turning point, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, and television sets displayed everything from the Olympic Games to the first manned orbit of the moon. Memorably, it was also the year that the Portrait Gallery first opened its doors. The subjects featured in the exhibition continue to resonate in our collective memory. Representations of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon will share the walls with portraits of cultural figures such as Peggy Fleming, Arthur Ashe, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Depictions of other significant personalities, notably the Apollo 8 astronauts, will round out the exhibition.

June 29, 2018 – May 19, 2019

Playball @ National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Apr 25 all-day
National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Bldg.76, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 

The National Museum of the U.S. Navy (NMUSN) to host a baseball-themed exhibition.  Playball:  Navy and the National Pastime will debut on April 2, 2018 ahead of the Washington Nationals season opener and the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Nationals Park.  The exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2019 at the historic Washington Navy Yard at 736 Sicard Street SE, adjacent to the ballpark.  The National Museum of the U.S. Navy is free and open to the general public.

Making its debut on the east coast, Playball explores the relationship between baseball and the U.S. Navy from its earliest years through modern day.  The exhibit highlights the role of fitness in the early Navy leading to the birth of baseball in the Navy, the game during the times of war, and the inclusion of women and minorities.

All visitors must have a valid photo ID to enter the Washington Navy Yard to visit the National Museum of the United States Navy. Visitors without a DoD CAC, Uniformed ID and Privileges Card, USG-issued ID, Federal PIV Credentials, or TWIC or an escort with one of these credentials must report to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at the primary access gate at 11th and O Streets SE (GPS address is 1022 O Street SE, Washington, DC).

The VCC is open weekdays, 6:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 25 all-day

Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suknam (born 1939) uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present. A wood assemblage portrait of her mother is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes portraits of American artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero. This presentation focuses on shared themes and artistic approaches that have activated women artists from different parts of the globe. Robyn Asleson, the National Portrait Gallery’s associate curator of prints, drawings and media arts, is the curator of this exhibition. “Portraits of the World: Korea” is the second exhibition in a series dedicated to highlighting the global context of American portraiture and follows the series’ inaugural focus on Switzerland.

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