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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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[...]
A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
Jul 20 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[...]
Animals Collected @ National Building Museum
Animals Collected @ National Building Museum
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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.
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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[...]
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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[...]
Organic @ Zenith Gallery
Organic @ Zenith Gallery
Jul 20 all-day
Working in an array of media, Nancy Frankel has found her niche in sculpture. She describes her work as “organic geometry,” where she combines her love for natural forms with architecture. This produces an exploration[...]
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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[...]
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 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
Jul 20 @ 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 Embassy Row @ Embarks from outside the Dupont Circle Metrorail station (Dupont South exit--by the entrance to Panera Bread on 19th Street, NW)
Embassy Row @ Embarks from outside the Dupont Circle Metrorail station (Dupont South exit--by the entrance to Panera Bread on 19th Street, NW)
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The nouveau-riche crowd has made many an eyeball roll reflexively skyward. Call them robber barons or captains of industry, dub their heyday industrial or gilded, today we can revel in the Beaux-Arts grandeur of Washington’s[...]
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.
Jul 20 @ 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[...]
10:00 am Weekend Tudor Tots @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Weekend Tudor Tots @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime, songs, and crafts for toddlers and caregivers Join our weekend program tailored to inspire creativity and stimulate the senses. Toddler-approved activities are based on a weekly theme and include songs, stories, crafts, and movement.[...]
11:00 am Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday through Saturday Opens at 11:00 AM Last Admission at 5:00 PM Tours begin on the half hour Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Clara Barton’s Birthday). The Museum will[...]
11:00 am Open Studio: Family Mindfulness
Open Studio: Family Mindfulness
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beat the heat with your little ones during our summer meditation series! Take a moment to pause and reflect in front of artworks in the Freer’s permanent collection. Then, admire nature’s beauty in the courtyard[...]
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
Jul 20 @ 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[...]
12:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Jul 20 @ 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
Jul 20 @ 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.
1:30 pm F|S in Focus
F|S in Focus
Jul 20 @ 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: Explore Buddhist Art
Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Jul 20 @ 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: Whistler’s World: The Peacock Room and Whistler in Watercolor
Walk-In Tour: Whistler’s World: The Peacock Room and Whistler in Watercolor
Jul 20 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
James McNeill Whistler introduced American collector Charles Lang Freer to Asian art and encouraged him to travel the world. In turn, Freer actively acquired all aspects of Whistler’s art, and today the Freer Gallery of[...]
3:15 pm Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Jul 20 @ 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
Jul 20 @ 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
Jul 20 @ 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
Jul 20 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
The creation of art is a universal human endeavor, but what connects artwork across cultures and what sets them apart? Investigate artworks from across Asia, exploring commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.
3:30 pm Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Jul 20 @ 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.
6:45 pm Investigation: Detective McDevitt @ Ford's Theatre
Investigation: Detective McDevitt @ Ford's Theatre
Jul 20 @ 6:45 pm
On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news:[...]
7:00 pm SOJA with SUBLIME WITH ROME and COMMON KINGS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
SOJA with SUBLIME WITH ROME and COMMON KINGS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm
Grammy-nominated reggae band SOJA returns to their “favorite hometown venue” with ska-influenced Sublime With Rome and pop-rock band Common Kings. MORE INFO SOJA Sublime With Rome Common Kings