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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Apr 15 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[...]
A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
Apr 15 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[...]
Anytime Audio Tours
Anytime Audio Tours
Apr 15 all-day
Anytime Audio Tours
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[...]
Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 15 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[...]
Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Apr 15 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[...]
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Apr 15 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[...]
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
Apr 15 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[...]
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Apr 15 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[...]
Hill Center Galleries @ Hill Center
Hill Center Galleries @ Hill Center
Apr 15 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[...]
Hoops @ National Building Museum
Hoops @ National Building Museum
Apr 15 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[...]
IndigoThreads: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage @ Japan Information & Culture Center
IndigoThreads: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Apr 15 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[...]
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Apr 15 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[...]
John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
Apr 15 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.[...]
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Apr 15 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[...]
Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Apr 15 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[...]
Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
Apr 15 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[...]
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey @ National Portrait Gallery
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 15 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[...]
Playball @ National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Playball @ National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Apr 15 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[...]
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 15 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[...]
Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum
Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum
Apr 15 all-day
Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
On display until May 27, 2019 In addition to its permanent exhibition on the nation’s airmail service, the Postal Museum has a temporary exhibition, Postmen of the Skies. In 1918 the first regularly scheduled airmail service began operations.[...]
Private Walking Tour – $195
Private Walking Tour – $195
Apr 15 all-day
Interested in taking a private walking tour? If you’re flexible with your timing and can book a private tour at the time listed, we can offer a discounted rate! These tours are offered at 10am-12pm[...]
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ Hirshhorn Museum
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ Hirshhorn Museum
Apr 15 all-day
Nov. 1 – April 28, 2019 Innovative Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will bring the largest interactive technology exhibition to the Hirshhorn in the museum’s history starting Nov. 1. Pulse will take up the entire Second Level, with[...]
The Culture of Time and Space: Digital Media Artist HyeGyung Kim @ Korean Cultural Center
The Culture of Time and Space: Digital Media Artist HyeGyung Kim @ Korean Cultural Center
Apr 15 all-day
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents The Culture of Time and Space, a new exhibition of digital media art that explores the convergence of Korean traditional beauty and contemporary technology, featuring works by Korean[...]
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 15 all-day
Through maps, videos, and paintings that highlight the voices and stories of former Vietnamese refugees, Tiffany Chung probes the legacies of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. A centerpiece of the exhibition is a new[...]
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Apr 15 all-day
Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of[...]
Voice Array @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Voice Array @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Apr 15 all-day
The Mexican Cultural Institute presents Voice Array by Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, in conjunction with Pulse, a series featuring three major interactive installations at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Voice Array allows visitors to interact with the piece by[...]
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum
Apr 15 all-day
This exhibit mines the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum’s collection to show how artists surmount the limits of the material world. Spanning more than seventy works, the exhibition explores the ways artists express absence. Tracing parallel developments in[...]
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9:00 am Exhibition: Indigo Threads:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Exhibition: Indigo Threads:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Indigo Threads / 藍・つむぐ:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage Headliner Exhibition of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, DC,[...]
9:00 am Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am
Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. is a free, mobile-friendly website that helps visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. Expert commentary and more[...]
9:30 am Lives Cut Short @ Embassy of Austria
Lives Cut Short @ Embassy of Austria
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Exhibition on the “Austrian-Norwegian Anne Frank” This powerful exhibition titled “Lives Cut Short” is tracing the journey of Ruth Maier (1920-1942), a young diarist who perished in the Holocaust. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday,[...]
10:00 am Open House – The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House
Open House – The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open House - The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Open House from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm  This Dupont Circle landmark is the original site of the first Founding Church in the world in Washington D.C. Here, the prolific American writer, explorer, and founder,[...]
10:00 am The Way We Wear @ Embassy of Australia
The Way We Wear @ Embassy of Australia
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Way We Wear @ Embassy of Australia
The Way We Wear Contemporary wearables from School of Art & Design Australian National University Featured artists: Dean Cross, Jacqueline Bradley, Larah Nott, Phoebe Porter, Rebecca Mayo, Sian Watson, Boya Yu, & The Uniform Project:[...]
10:30 am Stories in the Old Senate Chamber @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Stories in the Old Senate Chamber @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 at 10:30 a.m. Visit the historic chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Learn about events that took place here. Meet at the Statue of Freedom. 30[...]
10:45 am One Destiny @ Ford's Theatre
One Destiny @ Ford's Theatre
Apr 15 @ 10:45 am
Learn about President Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they[...]
11:00 am Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area[...]
11:00 am Secret Door Tour – Be a Super Sleuth! @ The Mansion on O & O St Mueum
Secret Door Tour – Be a Super Sleuth! @ The Mansion on O & O St Mueum
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Secret Door Tour – Be a Super Sleuth When: Daily 11am – 3pm based on availability – (check website for additional dates & times) Where: The Mansion on O & O Street Museum | 2020[...]
11:30 am F|S in Focus
F|S in Focus
Apr 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A[...]
11:30 am F|S in Focus
F|S in Focus
Apr 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A[...]
11:45 am One Destiny @ Ford's Theatre
One Destiny @ Ford's Theatre
Apr 15 @ 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
One Destiny @ Ford's Theatre
Learn about President Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they[...]
12:00 pm Lecture: National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism @ George Washington University Museum
Lecture: National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism @ George Washington University Museum
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined “freedom from fear” in his historic address to the nation. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt instigated the internment of over 100,000[...]
12:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Apr 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.
12:30 pm Hirshhorn Museum Highlights Tours
Hirshhorn Museum Highlights Tours
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 12:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays.
12:30 pm Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 12:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays.
2:00 pm Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area[...]
2:15 pm Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Apr 15 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and[...]
2:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Walk- In Tour: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Apr 15 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912, provides an insightful look into the public and private lives of imperial women during the Qing dynasty. This first-ever, in-depth exhibition focuses on five empresses to reveal their long-overlooked[...]
3:15 pm Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Apr 15 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.
3:30 pm Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Apr 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 3:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays.
4:00 pm Stamps on Film: Movie Music Monday “Jimi Hendrix” @ National Postal Museum
Stamps on Film: Movie Music Monday “Jimi Hendrix” @ National Postal Museum
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come join a Music Movie Monday co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Year of Music. See the documentary film Jimi Hendrix (1973) Made shortly after his death, this documentary explores the brief life and remarkable legacy of guitarist[...]
6:30 pm Talk: Achieving Parity In Landlord-Tenant Court @ National Building Museum
Talk: Achieving Parity In Landlord-Tenant Court @ National Building Museum
Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Discover Washington metropolitan area legal policies and programs that work to reduce eviction rates and stabilize communities. Hear Jennifer Netburn, housing initiative attorney, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Gregory L. Countess, Esq., director of advocacy for housing and[...]
7:00 pm Concert | Markus Schirmer & Miroslav Lončar @ Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/Embassy of Austria
Concert | Markus Schirmer & Miroslav Lončar @ Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/Embassy of Austria
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The ACF Washington is delighted to present, in collaboration with the Croatian Embassy, the concert by the renowned Austrian pianist Markus Schirmer and Croatian guitarist Miroslav Lončar. The two musicians perform regularly together and will[...]
7:30 pm Into the Woods @ Ford's Theatre
Into the Woods @ Ford's Theatre
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm
A Musical Fairy Tale with a Twist In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a[...]