Cultural Tourism DC Calendar

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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.
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 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

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.

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.

Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Jul 19 @ 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: Explore Buddhist Art
Jul 19 @ 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: Whistler’s World: The Peacock Room and Whistler in Watercolor
Jul 19 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

James McNeill Whistler introduced American collector Charles Lang Freer to Asian art and encouraged him to travel the world. In turn, Freer actively acquired all aspects of Whistler’s art, and today the Freer Gallery of Art has a world-renowned collection of works by Whistler, including the Peacock Room. Guides lead visitors on an hour-long tour of The Peacock Room in Blue and White and Whistler in Watercolor.

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

Open Studio: Family Mindfulness
Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Beat the heat with your little ones during our summer meditation series! Take a moment to pause and reflect in front of artworks in the Freer’s permanent collection. Then, admire nature’s beauty in the courtyard with a series of facilitated activities to help deepen self-awareness. Finally, we’ll slow things down and experience guided breathing, storytelling, and other beginner-friendly mindfulness techniques led by instructors. Come ready to move in comfortable clothes. For ages four and above with adult companions. No registration required. First-come, first-served.

Investigation: Detective McDevitt @ Ford's Theatre
Jul 19 @ 6:45 pm

On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Part of “History on Foot.”

This walking tour of downtown Washington, D.C., makes eight stops. It does not include entrance into Ford’s Theatre.

Length: The distance walked is approximately 1.6 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Wear comfortable shoes. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

Film: “Still Human”
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In person: Crisel Consunji, actress
View the trailer,

Veteran actor Anthony Wong and newcomer Crisel Consunji both won well-deserved Hong Kong Film Awards for performances in this moving dramedy about a grumpy wheelchair-bound pensioner (Wong) and the live-in maid (Consunji) hired to take care of him. This film touches on a number of important issues, from the precarious financial situation of many of Hong Kong’s elderly residents, to the prejudice faced by the city’s scores of Filipino guest workers. Director Oliver Siu Kuen Chan melts even the iciest of hearts with the warmth of the touching relationship that emerges between these two outcasts. It is “one of those rare gems of a film which takes a distinctly Hong Kong scenario and turns it into a gently comical drama with universal appeal” (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post). (Dir.: Oliver Siu Kuen Chan, Hong Kong, 2019, 111 min., DCP, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)

NICKELODEON’S JOJO SIWA – D.R.E.A.M. THE TOUR @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Timesbestselling author, and star on Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Connecting with millions of fans on her various social media channels, Siwa’s YouTube videos (including singles “Boomerang,” “Kid in a Candy Store,” and “Hold The Drama”) have exceeded over 1.7 billion views. VIP packages available.

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JoJo Siwa

 

STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
The best laid plans often go awry… Strauss’ soaring opera is divinely comical and deeply enchanting.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
A New Production

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.

“A tale of everyday farce and mythical fantasy.” The New York Times exclaims Ariadne auf Naxos is “plush and lyrical.”

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in German with projected English translations
Jul
20
Sat
A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Jul 20 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 ancient cultural traditions. Long-distance trade with the Greeks, Romans, and Persians introduced artistic and cultural traditions to ancient Arabia. A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen highlights a selection of objects excavated from the region by the pioneer archaeologist Wendell Phillips and his team in 1950 and 1951. See this exhibit on display at the Freer|Sackler until August 2019.

A Monument to Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jul 20 all-day

Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily wanted to create a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. capital. This would be their gift to the American people, an architectural presence on Capitol Hill, and an anchor to the nation’s cultural mile. This exhibition shows how Henry, and after his death, his wife Emily, worked with architect Paul Philippe Cret to create a marble building that looks like a book, and speaks to the hope that Washington DC would become a cultural center.

APR 13, 2019 – JAN 05, 2020
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm
A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
Jul 20 all-day

Today’s culture makes it easy for American women to engage in the world around them, thanks to advances in both women’s rights and technology. But between 1820 and 1920, many women chose to respond to current events and trends creatively, through one of their prescribed activities: needlework. Quilts allowed women to engage in the world while conforming to their era’s gender roles, which restricted middle-class women to the private, domestic sphere. This exhibition will present quilts that reflect their makers’ interest in their world.

Open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.

Questions? Contact Museum staff at 202.879.3241 or museum@dar.org

Animals Collected @ National Building Museum
Jul 20 all-day

Roughly 320,000 objects relating to the built environment reside inside the National Building Museum. In Animals, Collected, the museum showcases the treasures that connect to the animal kingdom specifically. Architectural pieces that showcase both real and mythological animals are on display. These objects – found ornamenting municipal buildings, churches, warehouses – will have you pondering why animal objects were chosen for said locations and what they mean to the structure and inhabitants of the space.