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Anytime Audio Tours
Dec 8 all-day

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 them on a GPS enabled app.  We’ve also included downloadable PDF maps of each walk, so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app (save your battery).

  1. Download our free app on (iTunes) or (Android)
  2. Download any audio tour (Free – $1.99/each)
  3. Enjoy the tour 

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating and playing in the Washington, D.C.

Available Tours:

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Historic Georgetown
  • Georgetown University

 
 

Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Dec 8 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 double-deckers to small group sprinter vans, from day trips to night tours. We cover it all and provide you with the insight necessary to choose what is best for you.

First Ladies @ Madame Tussauds
Dec 8 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 locations. These museums are popular due to their themed rooms featuring famous people from politicians to actors to athletes. with one of D.C.’s most popular rooms being the President’s Room. This tourist stop is the perfect place for photo ops and “Instagrammable” moments.

Hoops @ National Building Museum
Dec 8 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.
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Dec 8 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

Old Korean Legation Museum Tour @ Old Korean Legation Museum
Dec 8 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

Private Walking Tour – $195
Dec 8 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
Dec 8 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.

Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Dec 8 @ 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.

Kimono Trunk Show
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Nancy McDonough, president and founder of Kyoto Kimono, presents a trunk show from her extensive collection of vintage kimono. Each is unique, offering its own expression of Japanese life and culture. They are truly wearable art. Drop in to browse beautiful fabrics and shop for unique gifts.

Open Studio: Wrap It Up: Holiday Gift Giving
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

While you make a furoshiki wrapping cloth, learn how this Japanese tradition can help save money and the environment. Also, enjoy a scavenger hunt to explore our new exhibition Hokusai: Mad about Painting. In the studio, make your own holiday decorations using cloth and woodblock materials. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Dec 8 @ 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.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Dec 8 @ 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.

F|S in Focus
Dec 8 @ 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 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.

Film: "The Minamata Mural"
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Copresented with the Smithsonian Year of Music

After a handful of groundbreaking films detailing the tragedy and suffering of the mercury-poisoned Japanese town of Minamata, documentary master Noriaki Tsuchimoto revisits the subject of Minamata through the eyes of the celebrated husband-and-wife painting duo Iri and Toshi Maruki. Tsuchimoto follows the Marukis from their quaint homestead studio, where they paint slews of ghastly, psychotropic mural panels depicting the effects of Minamata disease, to the streets of Minamata, where they meet and paint portraits of several victims of mercury poisoning. On full display is Iri and Toshi’s riveting artistic process, combining exacting focused brushstrokes from Toshi with bouts of spontaneous ink-and-water slatherings from Iri, in one of the richer depictions of visual creation in documentary cinema.

Perhaps, though, it is the blend of wrenching string tone clusters and shakuhachi melodies from the great composer Tōru Takemitsu that elevates the rarely screened Minamata Mural to the level of a neglected masterwork. Takemitsu’s score plays a vital role in allowing the Marukis’ mural panels to flourish in all of their complex beauty and horror, underscoring their visual catharsis with a more primally guttural one. Tsuchimoto and Takemitsu choose to bookend these moments of orchestral gushing with long periods of musical silence, a choice that rather than feeling austere fits Tsuchimoto’s artful form far better than any set of through-composed pieces ever would. It is from silence that Takemitsu’s precise and painterly score builds its awesome power, and it is by no coincidence that Takemitsu’s most widely read compendium of writings on music, film, and art is titled “Confronting Silence.”

As a meta-portrait of artists grappling with a traumatic reality by Noriaki Tsuchimoto, a giant of documentary art whose work is almost never screened outside of academic settings, and as a fascinating entry in the filmography of Tōru Takemitsu, a composer whose unrivaled contributions to documentary music have gone overlooked for too long, The Minamata Mural is not to be missed. (Dir. Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Japan, 1981, 111 min., 16mm, Japanese with English subtitles)

Preceded by Kyoto (Dir. Kon Ichikawa, 1970, 37 min., digital projection), another lyrical Takemitsu-scored film that paints a meditative and beautiful portrait of Japan’s cultural capital.

Screening organized by guest curator Max Carpenter, with special thanks to Kelly Li for her translation of English subtitles.

Image credit: Courtesy of Siglo, Ltd.

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Dec 8 @ 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 Japan.

Walk-In Tour: Hokusai and the Art of Japan
Dec 8 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single image—Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global art—yet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Come view the exhibition Hokusai: Mad About Painting, which features works from the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in painting—if he lived to the age of 110.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Dec 8 @ 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.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Dec 8 @ 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.

Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Dec 8 @ 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 Japan.