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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Nov 14 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 Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
Nov 14 all-day
Through December 23, 2018 Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art. This exhibition marks the[...]
Alec Dubro: Hearts in Atlantis @ Hill Center
Alec Dubro: Hearts in Atlantis @ Hill Center
Nov 14 all-day
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 – JANUARY 6, 2019 In my life, the sixties revolution stretched from the assassination of JFK to the fall of Saigon. It altered our politics, how we dress, eat, take drugs; form[...]
American Civics @ The Mansion on O Street
American Civics @ The Mansion on O Street
Nov 14 all-day
The first-ever collaboration between acclaimed contemporary artist Shepard Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. In it, Fairey interprets Marshall’s iconic photography from the 1960’s, including images of Johnny Cash, Cesar Chavez, and[...]
Anytime Audio Tours
Anytime Audio Tours
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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[...]
Bound to Amaze @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Bound to Amaze @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Nov 14 all-day
This art exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates the vision of Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita, who assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books. Wasserman’s Bound to Amaze focuses on her[...]
Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes @ Hirshhorn Museum
Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes @ Hirshhorn Museum
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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[...]
Churchill’s Shakespeare @ Folger Theatre
Churchill’s Shakespeare @ Folger Theatre
Nov 14 all-day
Oct 6, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019 Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm Winston Churchill was a towering leader during World War II, who gave hope to wartime Britain in its most difficult years. His event-filled[...]
Corot: Women @ National Gallery of Art
Corot: Women @ National Gallery of Art
Nov 14 all-day
Camille Corot is best known as the great master of landscape painting in the 19th century who bridged the French neoclassical tradition with the impressionist movement of the 1870s. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller, less well-known portion of[...]
Damageable Perfection @ Korean Cultural Center
Damageable Perfection @ Korean Cultural Center
Nov 14 all-day
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Damageable Perfection, a solo exhibition of installation works by 2018 Artist of the Year Euyoung Hong that examines the intersection of urban spaces and politics, opening November 9.    Euyoung[...]
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Nov 14 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[...]
Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of DC’s Past @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of DC’s Past @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Nov 14 all-day
The early history of Washington, DC is little known, in part because so few images survive. To fill this void, philanthropist Albert H. Small commissioned artist and history painter Peter Waddell to create two large-scale (5′ x[...]
Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Nov 14 all-day
Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Curator of contemporary art Camille Ann Brewer and Faig Ahmed examine an object from the museum’s collections. October 6 through December 23, 2018 Acclaimed Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed creates breathtaking woven carpets that throw conventional[...]
First Amendment Highlights Tour @ Newseum, Information Desk
First Amendment Highlights Tour @ Newseum, Information Desk
Nov 14 all-day
Have limited time, but lots of interest? Take a 60-minute First Amendment Guided Highlights Tour of the Newseum and explore the very best of our exhibits and collections. Buy your tour tickets at the Newseum[...]
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography @ Freer Sackler
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography @ Freer Sackler
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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.[...]
Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection @ DAR Museum
Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection @ DAR Museum
Nov 14 all-day
Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection @ DAR Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection June 25 – December 30, 2018 The author Erik Larson once wrote, “One of the things I’ve always loved is collecting telling little details.” This exhibit is a[...]
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Nov 14 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[...]
Naama Gheber Trio @ Twins Jazz
Naama Gheber Trio @ Twins Jazz
Nov 14 all-day
Naama Gheber is a New York-based jazz vocalist inspired by the emotionally direct compositions of Rodgers and Hart, Fields and Hugh, Cole Porter and other great composers and lyricist of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Possessed[...]
National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here @ The National Geographic Museum
National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here @ The National Geographic Museum
Nov 14 all-day
Where and when did exploration get its start at National Geographic? Find out in “National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here,” a permanent exhibition showcasing the greatest hits from our long and storied history of discovery. Go[...]
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Renwick Gallery
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Renwick Gallery
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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
Nov 14 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[...]
Rachel Whiteread @ National Gallery of Art
Rachel Whiteread @ National Gallery of Art
Nov 14 all-day
British sculptor Rachel Whiteread receives the first comprehensive survey of her work with this exhibition in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. Roughly 100 objects from the artist’s 30-year career will be on display, including[...]
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ Hirshhorn Museum
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ Hirshhorn Museum
Nov 14 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[...]
Remembering Vietnam @ National Archives
Remembering Vietnam @ National Archives
Nov 14 all-day
Remembering Vietnam addresses 12 important moments in the Vietnam War. The National Archives’ Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery hosts this exhibit that features recently discovered documents that shed light on essential details of the war. Learn[...]
Rodarte @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Rodarte @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Nov 14 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[...]
The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay @ Woodrow Wilson House
The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay @ Woodrow Wilson House
Nov 14 all-day
In the middle of the Potomac in Mallows Bay, lies the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere, a haunting legacy of WWI.  In April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson approved the greatest shipbuilding program in[...]
Tour: Woodrow Wilson House @ Woodrow Wilson House
Tour: Woodrow Wilson House @ Woodrow Wilson House
Nov 14 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[...]
Traveling Full Circle @ Zenith Gallery
Traveling Full Circle @ Zenith Gallery
Nov 14 all-day
40th anniversary exhibit, Traveling Full Circle features the works of Lisa Battle, Richard Binder, Patera Kori Studios, Renée duRocher, Anne Marchand, and Jerome Harris Parmet. Recognized for its mix of contemporary art in a variety of media, style and[...]
Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Nov 14 all-day
June 21 – Jan. 6, 2019 Trevor Paglen captures landscapes unlike any other artist would, incorporating the infrastructure of surveillance into his ground-breaking and sometimes unsettling photographs. This new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum serves[...]
World Press Photo Exhibition @ Dupont Underground
World Press Photo Exhibition @ Dupont Underground
Nov 14 all-day
World Press Photo Exhibition @ Dupont Underground | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Join the World Press Photo Foundation and the Lightscape Foundation for the opening reception of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018. This exclusive gathering will bring together representatives from the think-tanks, universities, embassies, international-, media-,[...]
Your Community, Your Story @ Anacostia Community Museum
Your Community, Your Story @ Anacostia Community Museum
Nov 14 all-day
Your Community, Your Story – Through Jan. 6, 2019 The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is unlike any other in the District, utilizing the community around it to help shape exhibits, programs and collections. This display highlights some[...]
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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
Nov 14 @ 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 Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices || Exhibition @ Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices || Exhibition @ Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices || Exhibition Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and Brigham Young University. Co-organized  by the Gabriella & Paul Rosenbaum Foundation. With Support from the American Mathematical Society and OrigamiUSA.[...]
9:00 am Sean Scully: Landline @ Hirshhorn Museum
Sean Scully: Landline @ Hirshhorn Museum
Nov 14 @ 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 The Plane of Tomorrow, Today! @ College Park Aviation Museum
The Plane of Tomorrow, Today! @ College Park Aviation Museum
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am
Within months of the end of WWII, the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO) began marketing it’s spin-proof, stall-resistant, anyone-can-fly Ercoupe. The airplane was the work of the brilliant designer, Fred Weick, and was marketed as[...]
10:00 am 1968: Civil Rights at 50 @ Newseum
1968: Civil Rights at 50 @ Newseum
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am
“1968: Civil Rights at 50” explores the tumultuous events that shaped the civil rights movement in 1968, when movement leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, unleashing anger and anguish across the country.[...]
10:00 am Currents: Water in African Art @ Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Currents: Water in African Art @ Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am
Water is in all of us—we need water to exist. Water is a source of food, either directly from fishing and hunting or indirectly from irrigated crops. Its currents flow through myths, metaphors, and rituals.[...]
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
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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 The Pilot District Project @ National Building Museum
The Pilot District Project @ National Building Museum
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am
In 1968, the eyes of a worried nation were on Washington, DC. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the widespread neighborhood destruction that followed in the district and nationwide, many wondered[...]
10:00 am Titanic the Untold Story @ National Geographic Museum
Titanic the Untold Story @ National Geographic Museum
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am
In this new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, you can learn about the link between a secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the sunken Titanic. Through investigative work that was only[...]
5:00 pm Brown Bag Lunches @ College Park Aviation Museum
Brown Bag Lunches @ College Park Aviation Museum
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 15 @ 4:59 am
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12:15 pm Tour: Art across Cultures
Tour: Art across Cultures
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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.
2:15 pm Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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.
5:30 pm Handi-hour
Handi-hour
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Categories: After Five,Demonstrations,Performances,Workshops Co-sponsor: Renwick Gallery Venue: Renwick Gallery Event Location: Rubenstein Grand Salon Cost: $25; tickets available on October 29 at 10 a.m. Ticket price includes two beers, souvenir glass, crafting supplies, live music,[...]
5:30 pm Memorials & Moonlight (National Mall) @ 17th and Constitution Ave NW
Memorials & Moonlight (National Mall) @ 17th and Constitution Ave NW
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Some memorials are best seen during the day (Vietnam Veterans & FDR), but some are great at night. This Moonlight tour option covers some of our favorite memorials to see at night. Escape the heat[...]
6:30 pm Parks @ Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)
Parks @ Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm
Haru, a high school girl comes to Kichijoji looking for Sachiko, the woman mentioned in a love letter of Haru’s late father. Currently living at Sachiko’s address is Jun, a female university student who loves[...]
7:30 pm Full Circle Comedy @ Dupont Underground
Full Circle Comedy @ Dupont Underground
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Make plans to attend the second night of Dupont Underground’s Full Circle Comedy, raucous year-round comedy programs featuring the best in stand-up comedy and improv, presenting top comedians from DC, and other comedy capitols across the[...]
8:00 pm Anything Goes @ Arena Stage
Anything Goes @ Arena Stage
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm
The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord[...]
8:00 pm Nicole Atkins @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Nicole Atkins @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm
After making her Wolf Trap debut opening for The Avett Brothers this summer, Nicole Atkins returns for a more intimate performance at The Barns. “When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline[...]