Museums

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Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 20

The Swords of George Washington

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Wed. Feb 20

Windsock Arms: Board Games

College Park Aviation Museum
Wed. Feb 20

Tomorrow I May Be Far Away by Romare Bearden

National Gallery of Art
Feb. 20 & 21

Free Parking: Michael B. Platt + Carol A. Beane

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thu. Feb 21

Nat Geo Nights: Inside Egypt

National Geographic
Thu. Feb 21

Traditional Arts and Resilience in Later Life

Library of Congress
Thu. Feb 21

#DECLASSIFIED: In Search of Korngold

Library of Congress
Sat. Feb 23

Aniki-Bóbó preceded by Douro, Faina Fluvial

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Feb 23

Captain Blood & The Goonies

Library of Congress
Sat. Feb 23

Mother Tongue Film Festival: Tiempo de Lluvia/In Times of Rain

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Sat. Feb 23

Os Verdes Anos (The Green Years)

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Feb 23

Portrait Story Days: Michelle Obama

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Feb 23

A Revolução de Maio (Revolution in May)

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Feb 24

Curtis Opera Theatre Vocal Quartet

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Feb 24

NSO Family Concert: Let's Go to the Moon!

The Kennedy Center
Sun. Feb 24

Gallery Talk: Ambreen Butt

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 27

Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Feb. 20 – 28

Cub Corner: Dogs

College Park Aviation Museum
Thu. Feb 28

The Sea Wolf

Library of Congress
Thu. Feb 28

Thursdays at Noon: Curator's Choice

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Feb 28

#DECLASSIFIED: The Viola Sonata at 100

Library of Congress
Sat. Mar 2

Belarmino

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Mar 2

Nancy at Ninety Gallery Talk

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Mar 2

Ossos

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Mar 2

Free Community Day: March

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Mar 3

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Mar 3

Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 6

Interference Concert

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thu. Mar 7

Thursdays at Noon

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 7

Galápagos

National Geographic
Mar. 7 & 8

Paul Lewis

Library of Congress
Fri. Mar 8

Alex Katz

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Mar 9

Jean Rondeau, harpsichord

Library of Congress
Sat. Mar 9

Morning with the Girl Scouts

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Mar 9

Curator Tour: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 10

JRA Distinguished Artist Lecture with Tim Harding

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sun. Mar 10

What Happened 2 Chocolate City?

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sun. Mar 10

The Impossible Climb

National Geographic
Tue. Mar 12

Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 13

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Mar 14

Skride Piano Quartet

Kreeger Museum
Thu. Mar 14

Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 14

Tudor Nights: Raise a Glass to Prohibition!

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Mar 14

Ensemble Signal with Rachel Calloway, soprano

Library of Congress
Fri. Mar 15

Open Studio Pop-Up: Botanical Art

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Mar 15

Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with the Bright Siders

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Sun. Mar 17

Parthenia with Ryland Angel, countertenor Tomb Sonnets

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 17

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 17

Music at Dumbarton Oaks - Howling Gaels

Dumbarton Oaks
Mar. 17 & 18

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Mar 19

Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 20

Martha Rosler

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Mar 21

Nat Geo Nights: Cities of the Future

National Geographic
Thu. Mar 21

Symposium—Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thu. Mar 21

Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 21

Borodin Quartet

Library of Congress
Fri. Mar 22

Drawn to Figures

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 6 – 23

Aaron Diehl

Library of Congress
Sat. Mar 23

Collecting Red Sox History

Library of Congress
Sat. Mar 23

Acid Forest

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 24

Conversations with Artists: Oliver Lee Jackson

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 24

Natalie Clein, cello

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 24

Young Portrait Explorers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 11 & 25

Free Landmark Lecture: The Power of Family

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue. Mar 26

Early Music Seminar: Tastes of the Mediterranean

Folger Shakespeare Library
Wed. Mar 27

Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 27

Through the Lens: Tokyo Transect

National Geographic
Thu. Mar 28

Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 28

Fauré Quartett

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 31

Hollow Triumph

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 31

Correggio’s Study for the Madonna della Scodella

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Apr 1

Engineering 101 - Self-Deploying Satellites

College Park Aviation Museum
Tue. Apr 2

Into the Archive: Secrets of Egypt

National Geographic
Tue. Apr 2

Reformat the Planet

Library of Congress
Thu. Apr 4

Thursdays at Noon

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 4

Hi Score! Introducing a Game to its Music

Library of Congress
Fri. Apr 5

Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Family Day

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Apr 6

Curator Tour: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Apr 7

Free Community Day: April

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Apr 7

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Apr 11

Through the Lens: Saving Africa's Wildlife

National Geographic
Thu. Apr 11

Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 11

Jerusalem Quartet

Library of Congress
Fri. Apr 12

Shared Exploration: Music and the Visual Arts

National Gallery of Art
Fri. Apr 12

Morning with the Girl Scouts

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Apr 13

Curator Tour: Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Apr 14

East Coast Chamber Orchestra

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 14

Shakespeare's Birthday

Folger Theatre
Sun. Apr 14

Mokoomba

Library of Congress
Mon. Apr 15

Americans’ Forgotten Love Affair with Opera

Library of Congress
Tue. Apr 16

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Apr 16

Queens of Egypt Tour

National Geographic
Tue. Apr 16

Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture—Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Wed. Apr 17

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Library of Congress
Thu. Apr 18

Nat Geo Nights: Possible Worlds

National Geographic
Thu. Apr 18

Public Keynote Lecture: Lisa Tetrault

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 18

Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 18

See Me at the Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 12 & Apr. 19

Portrait InSight

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 21 – Apr. 20

Eggstravaganza!

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Apr. 13 – 20

Jazzmeia Horn Quintet

Library of Congress
Sat. Apr 20

Young Portrait Explorers: Rachel Carson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Apr. 8 & 22

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

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
Mar. 1 – Apr. 26

Open Studio Fridays

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 1 – Apr. 26

Duo Sonidos Fourth Friday Sound Sketch

National Gallery of Art
Fri. Apr 26

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 28 – Apr. 27

Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo

Library of Congress
Sat. Apr 27

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 2 – Apr. 28

Portrait Story Days

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 2 – Apr. 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

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 28

Explorer Trivia Night

National Geographic
Fri. May 3

Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio

Library of Congress
Sat. May 4

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. May 9

Tudor Nights: Here Come the Royals

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. May 9

Jessye Norman

Library of Congress
Thu. May 16

Nat Geo Nights: Gorongosa

National Geographic
Thu. May 16

Engineering 101: Paper Plane Challenge

College Park Aviation Museum
Sat. May 18

Yumi Kurosawa, koto

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 19

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Library of Congress
Sat. Jun 1

The Moon in the Age of Photography

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 2

Engineering 101: Build-A-Grabber

College Park Aviation Museum
Sat. Jun 15

Gallery Talk: Women Abstractionists

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Jun 17

Tour: Italian Renaissance Collection

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Jul 11

Nat Geo Nights: Stories From the World

National Geographic
Thu. Jul 18

Tudor Nights: Members Choice

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Oct 17

Guided Garden Tours

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Mar. 22 – Oct. 25

Ongoing Events

Juggling the Middle Ages

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Feb. 28

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Mar. 3

Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Mar. 3

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Mar. 10

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project

National Gallery of Art
Thru Mar. 17

Jiří Kolář (1912-2002): Forms of Visual Poetry - From the Collection of Museum Kampa, Prague

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Mar. 17

Michael B. Platt + Carol A. Beane: Influences and Connections

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Mar. 17

Nancy at Ninety: A Retrospective of Form and Color

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Mar. 17

The Gifts of Tony Podesta

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Mar. 17

A Revolution in Arms: Weapons in the War for Independence

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Thru Mar. 24

Special Tour—Native Women Rising

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Mar. 1 – 29

First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Mar. 31

The REDress Project

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Mar. 1 – 31

Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Apr. 14

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Apr. 28

Tudor Tots - Tuesdays, Spring Sessions

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Mar. 12 – 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
Mar. 10 – May. 26

Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto

National Gallery of Art
Mar. 10 – May. 26

Postmen of the Skies

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
May. 1 – 27

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jun. 2

Baseball Americana

Library of Congress
Thru Jun. 29

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Mar. 10 – Jul. 9

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jul. 14

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

National Gallery of Art
Apr. 14 – Jul. 21

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Mar. 22 – Jul. 28

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

National Gallery of Art
May. 5 – Jul. 28

Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014

Kreeger Museum
Apr. 18 – Jul. 31

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Aug. 18

Queens of Egypt

National Geographic
Mar. 1 – Sep. 2

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Apr. 14 – Sep. 15

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

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 29, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library
Apr. 13, 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

A Right to the City

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thru Apr. 20, 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

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: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

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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