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A Monument to Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
A Monument to Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Aug 25 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
Aug 25 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
Aug 25 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[...]
Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Aug 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[...]
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Aug 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[...]
First Ladies @ Madame Tussauds
First Ladies @ Madame Tussauds
Aug 25 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
Aug 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[...]
Hoops @ National Building Museum
Hoops @ National Building Museum
Aug 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[...]
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Aug 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[...]
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Aug 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[...]
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
Aug 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[...]
Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
Aug 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[...]
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Aug 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[...]
Private Walking Tour – $195
Private Walking Tour – $195
Aug 25 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
Aug 25 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
Aug 25 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[...]
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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
Aug 25 @ 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.
Aug 25 @ 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.
Aug 25 @ 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 Family Mindfulness and Meditation
Family Mindfulness and Meditation
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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.
Aug 25 @ 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[...]
12:15 pm Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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.
1:15 pm Art across Cultures: Freer in Japanese
Art across Cultures: Freer in Japanese
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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[...]
3:00 pm THE BEACH BOYS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
THE BEACH BOYS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm
America’s favorite surf rockers bring the “Good Vibrations” with their iconic summer soundtrack featuring songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and more that reach across generations of music lovers. MORE[...]
3:15 pm Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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: Explore Buddhist Art
Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Aug 25 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 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[...]
3:30 pm Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Aug 25 @ 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.