Museums

Washington DC is the home to world-class museums that host varied and exciting programs for singles, couples, and families with kids! Check here daily for an abundance of museum programming, exhibitions,  cool after hours events, talks, lectures, historic home exhibits and concerts.  

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Performances

LACE, Elisa Monte Dance, DJ Twelve45

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 21

The Mystery of Picasso

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 21

Stamps on Film: Selena

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Mon. Apr 22

Young Portrait Explorers: Rachel Carson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mon. Apr 22

AIA | DC Architecture Month Tour

Kreeger Museum
Tue. Apr 23

Free Landmark Lecture: A Remarkable Friendship

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue. Apr 23

Manta Ray Eden

National Geographic
Tue. Apr 23

Women Making Waves: Julie Packard and Marcia McNutt

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Apr 23

After Hours: Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Wed. Apr 24

Fresh Talk: Writing the Balance

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 24

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 24

NGA: Cuba Compendium Film Series - I Am Cuba

National Gallery of Art
Wed. Apr 24

Cub Corner: Weather

College Park Aviation Museum
Thu. Apr 25

REMIX: Can You Dig It?

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 25

Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 25

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Apr 26

Duo Sonidos Fourth Friday Sound Sketch

National Gallery of Art
Fri. Apr 26

Homeschool Day: Nurturing Nature in the City

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Fri. Apr 26

Open Studio Fridays

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Apr 26

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Apr. 25 & 27

Family Day at the American University Museum

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Apr 27

Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo

Library of Congress
Sat. Apr 27

NGA: Cuba Compendium Film Series - The Translator

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Apr 27

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Apr. 21 – 28

Portrait Story Days

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Apr. 21 – 28

Living Earth Festival 2019: Farm to Table

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Apr. 27 & 28

Concert: The Brandee Younger Trio

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 28

Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Apr 28

Ken Burns and the American Story

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 28

Living Earth Festival 2019: Freddie Bitsoie and Sean Sherman

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Sun. Apr 28

Miraculous Icons and Dynastic Time

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 28

Pancake Fly-In

College Park Aviation Museum
Sun. Apr 28

Frances Benjamin Johnston at the Tuskegee Institute

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Apr 29

Gallery Talk: Ursula von Rydingsvard

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 1

Through the Lens: Saving Africa's Wildlife

National Geographic
Wed. May 1

Explorer Trivia Night

National Geographic
Fri. May 3

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today Opening Reception

Korean Cultural Center DC
Fri. May 3

Ciné-concert: Coeur fidèle

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 4

Nineteenth Century French Art

Kreeger Museum
Sat. May 4

Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio

Library of Congress
Sat. May 4

Turbulence Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. May 4

Art of Absence: Voices of the Leftover Subject

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 5

Contemporary Women Artists from Art21 (Part 2)

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. May 5

Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. May 5

Free Community Day: May

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. May 5

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 5

JRA Distinguished Artist Lecture: Elizabeth Brim

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sun. May 5

Mary Pinchot Meyer: Artist

National Gallery of Art
Mon. May 6

Danish Clarinet Trio

National Gallery of Art
Wed. May 8

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 8

Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Amaranth Quartet

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 8

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. May 9

The Moving Print: An Evening of Print & Performance

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thu. May 9

Tudor Nights: Here Come the Royals

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. May 9

Janie Geiser Double Vision: Recent Shorts

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 11

Janie Geiser: Artist’s Talk

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 11

Twentieth Century French Art

Kreeger Museum
Sat. May 11

End as Beginning: Dynastic Time and Revolution

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 12

Mother's Day Fashion Tea

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. May 12

A Western Bestiary

National Gallery of Art
Mon. May 13

Free Landmark Lecture: The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue. May 14

Gallery Talk: Ursula von Rydingsvard

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 15

Isabel Pfefferkorn and Hanna Bachmann

National Gallery of Art
Wed. May 15

Jessye Norman

Library of Congress
Thu. May 16

Nat Geo Nights: Gorongosa

National Geographic
Thu. May 16

Jazz in the Garden: Rob Curto

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. May 17

Engineering 101: Paper Plane Challenge

College Park Aviation Museum
Sat. May 18

Walt Whitman Bicentennial: Manhattan

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 18

Walt Whitman Bicentennial: Street Scene

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 18

Godard’s The Image Book

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 19

Two Writers on Art, Music, and Modality

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 19

Yumi Kurosawa, koto

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 19

Queens of Egypt Tour

National Geographic
May. 14 – 21

27th Annual Spring Garden Party

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Wed. May 22

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 22

Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture—Jeffrey Gibson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Wed. May 22

Jazz in the Garden: Futurist

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. May 24

Firsthand Experience: Making and Sculpting Paper

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. May 25

Mindful Sketching Class

Kreeger Museum
Sat. May 25

Roberto Rossellini: The War Trilogy - Rome, Open City

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 25

The Arboretum Cycle of Nathaniel Dorsk

National Gallery of Art
Sat. May 25

The Baker’s Wife

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 26

Roberto Rossellini: The War Trilogy - Paisan

National Gallery of Art
Mon. May 27

Gallery Talk: Library and Research Center Special Exhibition

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 29

Whitman 200: Civil War Medicine in Washington

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Thu. May 30

Whitman 200: Dearest Queerest Body Electric

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thu. May 30

Folger Friday: Trivia Night

Folger Shakespeare Library
Fri. May 31

Jazz in the Garden: Billy Price

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. May 31

NGA Film Series: New Cinema from Romania - Alice T.

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 1

Open Rehearsal: New York Opera Society

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 1

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Library of Congress
Sat. Jun 1

Whitman 200: Introductory Lecture and Workshop on Walt Whitman

George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Sat. Jun 1

New York Opera Society

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 2

The Moon in the Age of Photography

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 2

Photography from the Sunny Side of the Alps

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Jun 3

Whitman 200: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mon. Jun 3

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Open House

Library of Congress
Mon. Jun 3

Into the Archive: Secrets of Egypt

National Geographic
Tue. Jun 4

Jazz in the Garden: Shannon Gunn

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jun 7

Healing Sounds Meditation Class

Kreeger Museum
Sat. Jun 8

Women of Tudor Place Tea & Tour

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat. Jun 8

Krakauer-Tagg Duo

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 9

DC JazzFest: Nicole Saphos Trio

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Jun 13

Jazz in the Garden: Adwela & the Uprising

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jun 14

Engineering 101: Build-A-Grabber

College Park Aviation Museum
Sat. Jun 15

NGA Film Series: New Cinema from Romania - Charleston

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 15

Young Learners Tour: Color-Full Fun

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Jun 15

Inscape Chamber Orchestra

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 16

Gallery Talk: Women Abstractionists

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Jun 17

NGA Film Series: New Cinema from Romania - Marita

National Gallery of Art
Tue. Jun 18

NGA Film Series: New Cinema from Romania - Pororoca

National Gallery of Art
Wed. Jun 19

Archival Screening Afternoon

National Gallery of Art
Fri. Jun 21

Jazz in the Garden: Black Masala

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jun 21

1900

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 22

Air Force Strings

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 22

Air Force Strings: The Latin American Spirit

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 23

Horse Beings

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 23

Jazz in the Garden: Hendrik Meurkens Quartet

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jun 28

Tokyo Waka

National Gallery of Art
Jun. 13 – 29

Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 29

Ran

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 30

Jazz in the Garden: The JoGo Project

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jul 5

Summer Cool-Off

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat. Jul 6

Tour: Italian Renaissance Collection

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Jul 11

Jazz in the Garden: Eleke

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jul 12

Artist Studio Tour to DC

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sat. Jul 13

Nat Geo Nights: Stories From the World

National Geographic
Thu. Jul 18

Jazz in the Garden: Miles Stiebel

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jul 19

Jazz in the Garden: Incendio

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Jul 26

Jazz in the Garden: Son del Caribe

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Aug 2

Detroit 48202, Conversations Along a Postal Route

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sat. Aug 3

Jazz in the Garden: The Bailsmen

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Aug 9

Portrait Party for Young Learners

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Aug 17

Jazz in the Garden: Dixie Power Trio

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Mon. Aug 19

Jazz in the Garden: Funky Dawgz Brass Band

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Fri. Aug 23

Conversations with Artists: Oliver Lee Jackson

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Sep 15

Tudor Nights: Members Choice

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Oct 17

The Moon in the Age of Photography

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Oct 20

Guided Garden Tours

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Apr. 26 – Oct. 25

Fences

Ford's Theatre
Sep. 28 – Oct. 27

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sun. Dec 8

Ongoing Events

Peripheral Visions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Apr. 24

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Apr. 28

Tudor Tots - Tuesdays, Spring Sessions

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thru Apr. 30

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 19

Champions

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 19

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 19

Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Kenneth Victor Young: Continuum

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru May. 26

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru May. 26

Turbulence

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
May. 4 – 26

Postmen of the Skies

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
May. 1 – 27

Daguerreotypes

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jun. 2

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today

Korean Cultural Center DC
May. 3 – Jun. 21

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru Jul. 9

50 Years of Stonewall: LGBTQ+ Activism in the U.S.

Library of Congress
Apr. 30 – Jul. 11

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jul. 14

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

National Gallery of Art
Thru Jul. 21

Baseball Americana

Library of Congress
Thru Jul. 27

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Jul. 28

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

National Gallery of Art
May. 5 – Jul. 28

Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014

Kreeger Museum
Thru Jul. 31

Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Aug. 11

Squire Broel

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Aug. 11

Whitman 200: Whitman Bicentennial Display

Library of Congress
May. 15 – Aug. 15

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Aug. 18

Queens of Egypt

National Geographic
Thru Sep. 2

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Thru Sep. 15

More is More: Multiples

National Museum of Women in the Arts
May. 3 – Sep. 15

One Destiny

Ford's Theatre
Thru Oct. 26

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Thru Oct. 27

Portraits of the World: Korea Exhibition

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Nov. 17

Explore! With the NPG

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Dec. 31

Tour: Anderson House

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Thru Dec. 31

Gallery Tours

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Dec. 31

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

Rightfully Hers

National Archives
May. 10, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2020

The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Jan. 5, 2020

A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11

National Gallery of Art
Jul. 14, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Andrea del Verrocchio: Sculptor-Painter of Renaissance Florence

National Gallery of Art
Sep. 15, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

National Gallery of Art
Oct. 13, 2019 – Feb. 17, 2020

Tour: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thru Feb. 29, 2020

In Mid-Sentence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
May. 3, 2019 – Mar. 29, 2020

One Life: Marian Anderson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Jun. 28, 2019 – May. 17, 2020

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Jun. 1, 2020

Asian Art from the Bliss Collection

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Jun. 1, 2020

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Library of Congress
Jun. 4, 2019 – Sep. 1, 2020

New York Ave Sculpture Project

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Sep. 20, 2020

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Sep. 30, 2020

Nation to Nation

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Dec. 31, 2021

Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Jan. 1, 2022

Americans

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Dec. 31, 2022
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