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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Jun 23 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 Monument to Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
A Monument to Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jun 23 all-day
Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily wanted to create a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. capital. This would be their gift to the American people, an architectural presence on Capitol Hill, and an[...]
Animals Collected @ National Building Museum
Animals Collected @ National Building Museum
Jun 23 all-day
Roughly 320,000 objects relating to the built environment reside inside the National Building Museum. In Animals, Collected, the museum showcases the treasures that connect to the animal kingdom specifically. Architectural pieces that showcase both real and[...]
Anytime Audio Tours
Anytime Audio Tours
Jun 23 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
Jun 23 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
Jun 23 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[...]
CONSTELLATIONS/MIGRATION @ IA&A at Hillyer
CONSTELLATIONS/MIGRATION @ IA&A at Hillyer
Jun 23 all-day
For an artist, it is always a unique challenge to glean new insights from complex phenomena, such as that of human migration—an ancient, mysterious process that involves many peoples and nations and a welter of[...]
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Jun 23 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[...]
First Ladies @ Madame Tussauds
First Ladies @ Madame Tussauds
Jun 23 all-day
Meet America’s most popular First Ladies at Madame Tussauds Washington, DC. Madame Tussauds is an international chain of wax museums, and the Washington D.C. location opened in 2007 and is the 12th of their many[...]
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Jun 23 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[...]
Hoops @ National Building Museum
Hoops @ National Building Museum
Jun 23 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[...]
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Jun 23 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
Jun 23 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
Jun 23 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
Jun 23 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
Jun 23 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[...]
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Jun 23 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[...]
Private Walking Tour – $195
Private Walking Tour – $195
Jun 23 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[...]
Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California @ National Museum of the American Indian
Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California @ National Museum of the American Indian
Jun 23 all-day
Palm Springs, California is known as a playground for the rich and wealthy. However, the area was once a desert outpost and home to Native Americans. This exhibit focuses on the conflict that arose over[...]
Solo Exhibitions @ Hill Center
Solo Exhibitions @ Hill Center
Jun 23 all-day
Six new solo exhibitions open May 2 Opening Reception with the Artists: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Paula Cleggett: Shine the Light (oil painting) Elizabeth Dranitzke: Portraits of Women (photographs) Jenny McGee: Reality No More[...]
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jun 23 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[...]
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum
Jun 23 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 Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Jun 23 @ 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[...]
10:00 am Georgetown @ Embarks from the little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Georgetown @ Embarks from the little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
To put it simply, a walk through Washington’s tony Georgetown neighborhood is a venture through time — of 200-year-old mansions and their eccentric owners, of fortunes in trade won and lost, of marvelous architecture from[...]
10:00 am Hamilton’s D.C. @ Embarks from outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station by the bust of George Washington.
Hamilton’s D.C. @ Embarks from outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station by the bust of George Washington.
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New York City’s claim to fame as hometown of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton got an astronomical boost when Hamilton, a musical about the orphan immigrant whose outsize intellect and ferocious energy singularly shaped the newborn United[...]
11:00 am Meditation and Mindful Movement
Meditation and Mindful Movement
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Freer|Sackler will host free drop-in workshops in the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building as part of Halcyon’s By the People Festival, which explores the future of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. On[...]
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
Jun 23 @ 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[...]
11:00 am Women Who Changed America @ Embarks from outside Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station.
Women Who Changed America @ Embarks from outside Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station.
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women Who Changed America @ Embarks from outside Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station.
They founded organizations, they sponsored legislation, they blazed trails and suffered trials. For generations, women living and working in Washington, D.C. have defied expectations and surmounted discrimination to increase equality, freedom, and prosperity for their[...]
11:30 am F|S in Focus
F|S in Focus
Jun 23 @ 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[...]
12:00 pm Artisans At Work: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Artisans At Work: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drop by to watch as artisans visiting from China demonstrate crafts, including embroidery and lacquer work, during the final weekend of the exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-–1912. The program is offered through a[...]
12:00 pm Demonstration: Artisans at Work: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Demonstration: Artisans at Work: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drop by to watch as artisans visiting from China demonstrate crafts include embroidery and lacquer work alongside the exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912 during the exhibition’s final weekend. The program is offered through[...]
12:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Jun 23 @ 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 Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Jun 23 @ 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.
1:00 pm Gallery Talk: Artisan Perspectives on Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Gallery Talk: Artisan Perspectives on Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gain new insight into the exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912 with artisans visiting from China as they share their knowledge of craft techniques used to make objects on view in the exhibition, including[...]
1:15 pm Art across Cultures: Freer in Korean
Art across Cultures: Freer in Korean
Jun 23 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
The creation of art is a universal human endeavor, but what connects artworks across cultures and what sets them apart? Investigate artworks from across Asia, exploring commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas. The[...]
1:30 pm F|S in Focus
F|S in Focus
Jun 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 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[...]
2:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Walk- In Tour: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Jun 23 @ 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[...]
2:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Jun 23 @ 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[...]
3:00 pm After the Flaherty Seminar Screening
After the Flaherty Seminar Screening
Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In person: Shai Heredia, curator; Priya Sen and Kush Badhwar, filmmakers In conjunction with the 65th Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, 2019 programmer Shai Heredia presents recent moving-image work that explores the political landscape through[...]
3:15 pm Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Jun 23 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Sackler. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.
3:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Jun 23 @ 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.
3:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Jun 23 @ 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
Jun 23 @ 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.
4:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Walk- In Tour: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
Jun 23 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 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[...]
7:30 pm BUDDY GUY with KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND and SAMANTHA FISH @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
BUDDY GUY with KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND and SAMANTHA FISH @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm
Witness blues guitar at its best with multiple masters! Still creating new music and performing at age 82, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy is joined by Grammy nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd[...]