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Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
May 21 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 Silk Road, go behind the scenes with the FBI to explore how crime and crime-fighting have evolved in the post-9/11 age. As the nation’s top crime-fighting force embarks on its second century, the exhibit will explore how the FBI detects and disrupts terrorists both at home and abroad, and thwarts powerful cyber criminals who steal data and money.

John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
May 21 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. Postal Service’s issuance of the John Lennon Forever stamp, honoring the legendary singer and songwriter. The stamp is part of the USPS’ Music Icons series.

Lennon’s older cousin, Stanley Parkes, inspired the future Beatle’s interest in stamp collecting and gave him the album. Lennon rubbed out Parkes’s name and address on the album’s flyleaf, replacing it with his own signature and the address at Mendips, the home he shared with his aunt Mary (“Mimi”) Smith and her husband George. Already a budding artist, Lennon sketched beards and mustaches in blue ink of the likenesses of Queen Victoria and King George VI on the album’s title page.

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today @ Korean Cultural Center
May 21 all-day

The exhibit is on display through June 21 at the Korean Cultural Center. Divided into three parts, Korean Craft Meets America sheds light on the lines and colors in a variety of Korean handicrafts. This exhibition brings together rare artifacts from the Sookmyung Women’s University Museum, including items used in the lives of the ruling elite class who dominated Korean political and cultural life during the Joseon Dynasty period, as well as works by modern craft artists.

On View: May 3 – June 21, 2019 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
May 21 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 Gettysburg, commonly noted as the most important battle of the Civil War. The result is a thought-provoking rumination on how we interpret history and the complexities of war. Bradford’s installation will also suggest issues faced by the American people today.

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission

Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
May 21 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 were selected for display in this visually inspiring exhibit. In addition to the photos, you’ll see a video of manta rays and sharks feeding and a camera display that shows how they have evolved over time. The exhibit is open through September.

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20560 Free admission.

Open every day except Dec. 25 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM

Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
May 21 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 in 1910. 102 years later, Korea repurchased the building in 2012; restored it to its original 19th century beauty; and opened it to the public as the Old Korean Legation Museum in May 2018.

ㅇ Open from 10:00 to 17:00
ㅇ Closed on Mondays
ㅇ Free Admission / Free Tour (Both Group and Individual visits)
ㅇ Reservations available at website
ㅇ Tel : (202) 844 – 3330
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Organic @ Zenith Gallery
May 21 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 into the deeper meaning of the materials rather than on a surface level. “Space, either encapsulated or activated, and a sense of balance, precarious yet centered, are integral to my work.” Working since 1950s, Frankel has established her importance as a women sculpture in the DC art scene.

1111 Pennsylvaina Ave Open: Monday – Friday, 8 am-5 pm, Saturday, 8 am-4 pm
(On Saturday knock and a guard will let you in)

Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
May 21 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 portraits of American artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero. This presentation focuses on shared themes and artistic approaches that have activated women artists from different parts of the globe. Robyn Asleson, the National Portrait Gallery’s associate curator of prints, drawings and media arts, is the curator of this exhibition. “Portraits of the World: Korea” is the second exhibition in a series dedicated to highlighting the global context of American portraiture and follows the series’ inaugural focus on Switzerland.

Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum
May 21 all-day

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.

Postmen of the Skies: Celebrating 100 Years of Airmail Service

In 1918 the first regularly scheduled airmail service began operations. Planes carried mail between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. The nation greeted the new service with enthusiasm. Crowds surrounded airfields in all three cities, eager to watch history in action. The nation became more enamored with their postal pilots as the service grew. By September 8, 1920 mail was flying between New York and San Francisco.

The Post Office operated the service until 1927, having begun in 1925 to turn over some routes to private airlines. The new airlines built their businesses on the postal routes, infrastructure and pilots. Over the next decade, airmail contracts financed the fledgling airlines, serving to help build the nation’s commercial aviation industry.

Private Walking Tour – $195
May 21 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 or 2pm-4pm or 7pm-9pm.

You can choose either our National Mall tour, Lincoln Assassination or Arlington National Cemetery Walking Tour. We also offer a 7pm private option to take one of evening tours – Ghosts of Georgetown, Haunted Georgetown (Adults Only) or White House at Night (Secrets and Scandals – Adults Only)

No adjustments or customizations, please. If you need a customized tour or different time, please contact us at Any of our tours are available for private bookings but our online booking at this discounted rate is only available for our three most popular tours.

Rate: $195 for up to 10 persons. Groups larger than 10 must contact us first.


Tour must be booked at least two days in advance. Last minute tours may be accommodated but must be booked via emailing us to check on availability.

Recalled in Human Memory @ IA&A at Hillyer
May 21 all-day

In his current body of work, Eric Uhlir explores abstraction in a visceral language of paint, considering the line between reference and history in an attempt to give voice to conflicted space. Irreverence and absurdity battle amid parables of conflict between civilization and the natural world.

Each piece springs from the experience of looking, using varying degrees of abstraction as the scaffolding on which he hangs references and structure to entice the viewer, while leaving entrances and exits relatively unobstructed. References are not secrets in these kinetic abstractions, they’re the condition of the work which enables the viewer to travel fluidly between content and context. A Géricault shipwreck or heroic Joan Mitchell become the culturally shared currency that allows us to relate to each other and make sense of a seemingly senseless present built on the triumphs and tragedies of the past.

9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202.338.0325

Gallery Hours*
Tue-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat-Mon 12-5 pm, and by appointment

Admission: FREE; $8 suggested donation

Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California @ National Museum of the American Indian
May 21 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 a one-square-mile-tract of the city’s downtown, which formed the heart of the reservation belonging to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Section 14 will show how the area became a hotbed for issues like tribal sovereignty, economics, race and land zoning from the 1940s through the 1960s.

Solo Exhibitions @ Hill Center
May 21 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 (oil painting)
Mike McSorley: Introspection/Inspection (oil painting)
Andrea Ottesen: B o t a n i k a ! (photography, acrylic painting, mixed media)
Yemonja Smalls: MetamorphoSIS (mixed media)
Desiree Sterbini: With These Hands (oil paintings)

Gallery Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Occasional closings for special events—please call (202) 549-4172 for confirmation of open hours on a particular day

Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
May 21 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 series of video interviews with former Vietnamese refugees who live in Houston, Southern California, and Northern Virginia that was commissioned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Smithsonian American Art Museum – Open Daily: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
March 15, 2019–September 2, 2019
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum
May 21 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 art from the 1960s to today, the exhibition draws on themes that chart the appeal of immateriality, including “The Dematerialization of the Art Object,” “The Body in Pieces,” “Close to Nothing,” “Memento,” and “The Posthuman Body.” This exhibit is on view through August.
Exhibition: Indigo Threads:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage @ Japan Information & Culture Center
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Indigo Threads / 藍・つむぐ:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage

Headliner Exhibition of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, DC, is proud to present “Indigo Threads / 藍 • つむぐ: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage,” an exhibition exploring the rich history of indigo dyed fabric and garments in Japan, including the current hype on Japanese denim and jeans. While the United States is undisputedly known to be the birthplace of blue jeans, traditional Japanese craftsmanship has helped resurrect the classical American blue jean in extraordinary ways in recent history. Visitors are invited to explore the question, “Why Japan?” through the eyes of the historian, manufacturer, marketer, consumer, and more.

This three-month exhibition will also include a series of lectures, films, and workshops, held in collaboration with Kurashiki City.

“Indigo Threads” is the headliner exhibition of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the strong and enduring friendship between Japan and the United States, and the gift of 3,000 cherry trees given by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington, DC in 1912.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from March 25 through June 28 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on April 19 in observance of Good Friday, May 1 in observance of The Day of the Enthronement of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, and May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.


Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
May 21 @ 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 than 800 photos are provided by 20 landscape architects. It was developed by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The guide is the first of its kind devoted to Washington, D.C. It highlights historic monuments and parks—including the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Capitol Hill—and examples of new sustainable works—including Constitution Square, a cutting-edge green street that is one block long, and Diamond Teague Waterfront Park, which incorporates man-made, water-cleansing wetlands on the Anacostia River.


The guide is divided into 16 distinct tours in all four quadrants of the District—as well as a tour of the new D.C. bicycle network. Each tour covers multiple neighborhoods, and includes a printable walking or biking map.

Lives Cut Short @ Embassy of Austria
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Exhibition on the “Austrian-Norwegian Anne Frank”

This powerful exhibition titled “Lives Cut Short” is tracing the journey of Ruth Maier (1920-1942), a young diarist who perished in the Holocaust.

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 4, featuring remarks by:

Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner, Embassy of Austria
Ambassador Kåre R. Aas, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Dr. Ann Altman Ph.D., relative of Ruth Maier, representing the family

“Lives Cut Short – Seeking Refuge During the Holocaust: The Fate of Ruth Maier” is jointly presented by the Embassy of Austria and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. It will be on view from April 5 through May 31, 2019, in the Atrium of the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C.

The Atrium is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Photo identification is required to pass through the Embassy’s security screening at 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, D.C., 20008. For further inquiries and to book group tours contact: Julia Assl, Senior Press Officer, 202 895 6764,

Open House – The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open House - The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Open House from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm  This Dupont Circle landmark is the original site of the first Founding Church in the world in Washington D.C. Here, the prolific American writer, explorer, and founder, L. Ron Hubbard worked from 1957 through 1960.

The neighborhood townhouse with its historically restored spaces to the late 1950s, now museum, provides informative exhibits with photographs that give glimpses into Hubbard’s early world travels. Visitors can also step into his 1957 office and see his Remington typewriter, Ampex tape recorders, Roneo mimeograph machine, Grundig radio, and personal artifacts.

Short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro Station.

The Way We Wear @ Embassy of Australia
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Way We Wear

Contemporary wearables from School of Art & Design
Australian National University

Featured artists: Dean Cross, Jacqueline Bradley, Larah Nott, Phoebe Porter, Rebecca Mayo, Sian Watson, Boya Yu, & The Uniform Project: Alison Alder, Megan Hinton, Dan Edwards. Curated by Dr Charlotte Galloway, Acting Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU School of Art & Design.

The Way We Wear showcases the work of current staff and alumni of the ANU School of Art & Design. The works in this exhibition display clothing and fashion as object and artefact, extending ideas of the wearable into explorations of our preconceived notions of clothing and its function.

These works reflect two of the School of Art & Design’s research clusters: Nature & Culture and Activism & Social Engagement. The selected works address ideas of wearable art through a variety of mediums from across the School’s eleven disciplines – with many artists taking an interdisciplinary approach. The selected artists are working in fields that draw on the power of clothing and accessories as universally recognisable items, to engage the viewer with contemporary issues of personal and global importance.

This exhibition is possible through collaboration between ANU School of Art & Design, the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC, the ANU North American Liaison Office, and the ANU Research School of Humanities & the Arts.

Image: Phoebe Porter, Transit Series, aluminium, titanium, stainless steel, 600 x 150 x 10mm each, Photo: Andrew Sikorski


Date: 19 March – 31 May 2019
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm*
Location: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036. Photo ID essential for entry.

Contact: For further information call 202.797.3000 or email:

*For Security reasons, the gallery may be closed due to private events. We recommend calling ahead to verify hours.