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Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Jul 19 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 have not escaped the impact of social and technological change, nor the abandonment that has diminished our aging cities. Baltimore, thriving at the dawn of the cinema age, has been home to more than 240 theaters since its first Nickelodeon opened in 1905. Only a handful still function as theaters, but many survive in some form—ghosts on the gritty main streets of Charm City.

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 – OCTOBER 14, 2019

Hoops @ National Building Museum
Jul 19 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 makeshift backyard hoops or playground hubs in the city, Bamberger’s large-format photographs illustrate the worldwide appeal of basketball. Hoops opens on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am and features a tour of the exhibit with the photographer at 11 am. The exhibit continues through January 5, 2020.
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Jul 19 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.

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jul 19 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
Jul 19 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
Jul 19 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
ㅇ Email : info@oldkoreanlegation.org

Organic @ Zenith Gallery
Jul 19 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
Jul 19 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.

Private Walking Tour – $195
Jul 19 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 info@dcbyfoot.com. 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.

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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.

Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California @ National Museum of the American Indian
Jul 19 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.

Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jul 19 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
Jul 19 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.
Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Jul 19 @ 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.

Georgetown @ Embarks from the little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Jul 19 @ 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 Federal to Victorian, of the once-bustling freedman community Herring Hill, of political intrigue, of green preservation and urban renewal. And, of course, no one can mention Georgetown without the Kennedys. In the 1950s John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline almost single-handedly turned the neighborhood into the city’s politically fashionable place to live. We’ll point out the houses of the movers and shakers, as well as the remarkable historic properties here that are open to the public. This two-hour, two-mile tour winds up in Georgetown’s shopping and restaurant district just in time for lunch. Or if you’re on a roll, we can point you to the C&O Canal, the historic and bucolic waterway. (Be prepared to climb a hill or two.)

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jul 19 @ 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 close early on New Year’s Eve with last admission at 2:00 pm.

Adults: $9.50

Children (Under 9): Free

Students: $7.00

Seniors (60 +): $8.50

Military (with ID): $8.50

Secret Door Tour – Be a Super Sleuth! @ The Mansion on O & O St Mueum
Jul 19 @ 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 O Street N.W., DC

Tickets: $25/person

Online reservations are required: omuseum.org/secretdoor

Find your way through secret doors and covert passages to a world never experienced. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of presidents and freedom fighters, historians and fiction writers.

On this self-guided tour, our volunteers will treat you to an in-depth history of our philosophy, museum, building, secret doors and what to look for as you head out on your super-sleuth adventure.

We will never ruin the surprise of finding a secret door by giving you a map – or showing you where they are. So be sure to keep your eyes open! If you find two secret doors you are an above average sleuth!

Bring your own shopping bags. 30,000 square foot gift shop!

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MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times (1 adult to every 4 kids).

ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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http://omuseum.org/visit

F|S in Focus
Jul 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 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 different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days before the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

F|S in Focus
Jul 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 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 different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days for the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Weekday Schedule:
Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 11:30am
Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 12:30pm

Weekend Schedule:
Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 1:30pm
Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 2:30pm

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Jul 19 @ 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.

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Jul 19 @ 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.