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2019 Regional Juried Exhibition @ Hill Center
2019 Regional Juried Exhibition @ Hill Center
Jan 16 all-day
The Hill Center Galleries presents its 2019 Regional Juried Exhibition. The work of more than 80 artists was chosen by juror Caitlin Berry, Fine Arts Dealer and Director at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC. The[...]
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Jan 16 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[...]
Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 16 all-day
Trained in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting, Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt reimagines the genre to feature contemporary female protagonists and political subject matter. Her content tackles global issues of oppression and the role of[...]
Anytime Audio Tours
Anytime Audio Tours
Jan 16 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[...]
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 16 all-day
The Smithsonian American Art Museum present the first major retrospective on an artist born into slavery with this fascinating look into the work of Bill Traylor. Born in Alabama in 1853, Traylor lived through enslavement, the Civil[...]
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 16 all-day
May 11, 2018 – March 10, 2019 Silhouettes—cut paper profiles—were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century, offering virtually instantaneous likenesses of everyone from presidents to those who were enslaved. The exhibition[...]
Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes @ Hirshhorn Museum
Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes @ Hirshhorn Museum
Jan 16 all-day
Charline Von Heyl, one of the most revered contemporary painters, receives her largest U.S. museum survey yet. Snake Eyes will feature more than 30 large-scale paintings by Von Heyl, showing her incredible influence on the modern art[...]
Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy @ National Gallery of Art
Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 16 all-day
A form of printing in the 16th century, chiaroscuro woodcuts were made using a technique that involved the successive printing of multiple wood blocks. Designs by leading artists such as Raphael and Titian were interpreted[...]
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Jan 16 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[...]
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Jan 16 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[...]
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography @ Freer Sackler
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography @ Freer Sackler
Jan 16 all-day
When photography arrived in Japan in the mid-nineteenth century, traditional woodblock printmakers were forced to adapt their craft to keep pace with the new medium. In the decades that followed, major upheavals—a new system of[...]
John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
Jan 16 all-day
On display September 7, 2018 — February 3, 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
Jan 16 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[...]
Nengajo 2019 @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Nengajo 2019 @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Jan 16 all-day
Kick off the Year of the Boar with nengajo designs from around the world! Explore Japanese New Year traditions with an exhibition of nearly 160 nengajo, or Japanese New Year’s cards, from the ninth annual JICC Nengajo[...]
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Renwick Gallery
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 16 all-day
Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 75,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are[...]
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey @ National Portrait Gallery
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 16 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
Jan 16 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[...]
Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum
Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum
Jan 16 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
Jan 16 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
Jan 16 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[...]
Rodarte @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Rodarte @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 16 all-day
The first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts will focus on Rodarte, a luxury fashion house founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Visitors will be able to view[...]
Tour: Woodrow Wilson House @ Woodrow Wilson House
Tour: Woodrow Wilson House @ Woodrow Wilson House
Jan 16 all-day
The President Woodrow Wilson House is the home to which President and Mrs. Wilson retired from the White House in 1921. President Wilson lived here until his death in 1924, and Mrs. (Edith) Wilson lived[...]
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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
Jan 16 @ 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[...]
9:00 am Nengajo 2019 Year of the Boar Exhibition @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Nengajo 2019 Year of the Boar Exhibition @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nengajo 2019 Exhibition Kick off the Year of the Boar with nengajo designs from around the world! Explore Japanese New Years traditions with an exhibition of nearly 160 Nengajo, or Japanese New Year’s cards, from[...]
9:00 am Sean Scully: Landline @ Hirshhorn Museum
Sean Scully: Landline @ Hirshhorn Museum
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am
A major highlight of the 56th Venice Biennale, Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S. debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Featuring never-before-seen artworks from the renowned series, Sean Scully: Landline presents a dramatic shift in[...]
9:00 am Tradition Transformed: Bojagi @ Korean Cultural Center
Tradition Transformed: Bojagi @ Korean Cultural Center
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents its opening exhibition of 2019, Tradition Transformed: Bojagi, featuring vibrant fiber works that capture the artistry and originality of the traditional Korean wrapping cloth, bojagi, by artists Kumjoo Ahn, Julia[...]
10:00 am Over Here & Over There: Aviation & Prince George’s County During World War I @ College Park Aviation Museum
Over Here & Over There: Aviation & Prince George’s County During World War I @ College Park Aviation Museum
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am
When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, powered flight was barely a decade old. Explore how we developed from fragile aircraft able to fly only a few hundred feet to the[...]
10:00 am Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project @ National Building Museum
Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project @ National Building Museum
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Visit this new exhibition that examines the highly classified effort to produce the atomic bomb and the three new “secret cities” that were built to accommodate the thousands of people who worked on the project.[...]
10:00 am Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled @ Embassy of Australia
Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled @ Embassy of Australia
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled @ Embassy of Australia | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Date: October 10, 2018 – March 1, 2019 Location: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036. Photo ID essential for entry. During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957-2010) was one of Western[...]
10:00 am Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The District Architecture Center is pleased to host Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, an exhibition of 27 regeneration projects from nine countries that demonstrate how culture can have a positive impact[...]
11:00 am Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 16 @ 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[...]
12:15 pm Tour: Art across Cultures
Tour: Art across Cultures
Jan 16 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer and Sackler. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.
12:30 pm Hirshhorn Museum Highlights Tours
Hirshhorn Museum Highlights Tours
Jan 16 @ 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
Jan 16 @ 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 Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Monday through Friday – 1 p.m. Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.  
1:15 pm Sea Turtle Biologging: Making informed dredging decisions by understanding the where, why, and when @ U.S. Department of the Interior
Sea Turtle Biologging: Making informed dredging decisions by understanding the where, why, and when @ U.S. Department of the Interior
Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Sea Turtle Biologging: Making informed dredging decisions by understanding the where, why, and when @ U.S. Department of the Interior
Join U.S. Geological Survey Research Ecologist Kristen M. Hart, Ph.D. and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Marine Biologist Doug Piatkowski to learn about ongoing studies on sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Hear how this research is helping[...]
2:00 pm Gallery Talks: See Me at the Freer|Sackler
Gallery Talks: See Me at the Freer|Sackler
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Experience an interactive tour of the museums that is tailored to individuals with dementia and their care partners.
2:00 pm Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 16 @ 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
Jan 16 @ 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[...]
3:30 pm Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Jan 16 @ 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.
5:00 pm Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective Receptions @ Zenith Gallery
Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective Receptions @ Zenith Gallery
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective Paintings by Bradley Stevens Exhibit Dates: December 7, 2018 –  February 2 At 1429 Iris St NW Washington DC 20012 In this new series of paintings, Bradley Stevens honors the[...]
10:30 pm The Windsock Arms @ College Park Aviation Museum
The Windsock Arms @ College Park Aviation Museum
Jan 16 @ 10:30 pm – Jan 17 @ 12:30 am
Happy Hour & Activities http://collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/calendar.aspx?EID=3689
6:30 pm J-Film: Her Sketchbook || 世界は今日から君のもの @ Japan Information & Culture Center
J-Film: Her Sketchbook || 世界は今日から君のもの @ Japan Information & Culture Center
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
J-Film: Her Sketchbook || 世界は今日から君のもの Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan, and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC Inc., Supported by the Japan Foundation “Smile, you’re almost there…” Starring Mugi Kadowaki, awarded Best New Actress (Ai[...]
8:00 pm Toots & The Maytals @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Toots & The Maytals @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Toots (Hibbert) is one of the true architects of reggae—so much so that “Do the Reggae,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, The Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Drenched[...]