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Sep
12
Thu
Talk Series: Encounters with Buddhism
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a thought-provoking series about Buddhism, mindfulness, animals, ghosts, and mandalas. These six talks present new research that challenges common misconceptions about one of the world’s great religious traditions. Each evening begins with a reception (6–6:30 pm) featuring small bites from some of DC’s best Asian restaurants and a gallery tour, followed by a talk and discussion (6:30–8 pm).

Eventbrite registration is required. Sign up whether you plan to attend the entire series or individual talks.

Presented in conjunction with

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia

Lead Sponsor

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

Sep
16
Mon
A Monument to Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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.

Anytime Audio Tours
Sep 16 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

 
 

Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Sep 16 all-day

Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting, and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. This exhibit celebrates American gardens created or renovated within the last five years. These gardens showcase new plant collections, create spaces for people to connect with nature, and foster sustainability. Come explore what’s new in public gardens!

Day + Night Bus Tours of D.C.
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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.

Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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

Portraits of the World: Korea @ National Portrait Gallery
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 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
Sep 16 @ 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.

Open House – The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House
Sep 16 @ 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.

F|S in Focus
Sep 16 @ 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
Sep 16 @ 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.