Free Events: Museums

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Performances

LACE, Elisa Monte Dance, DJ Twelve45

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 21

Young Portrait Explorers: Rachel Carson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mon. Apr 22

Women Making Waves: Julie Packard and Marcia McNutt

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Apr 23

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 24

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

Open Studio Fridays

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Apr 26

Dead Letter Office: Gallery Experience

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Apr. 25 & 27

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

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

Living Earth Festival 2019: Freddie Bitsoie and Sean Sherman

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Sun. Apr 28

Gallery Talk: Ursula von Rydingsvard

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 1

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. May 4

Turbulence Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

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

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

JRA Distinguished Artist Lecture: Elizabeth Brim

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

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

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

Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
May. 18 & 19

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

Gallery Talk: Library and Research Center Special Exhibition

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 29

Whitman 200: Introductory Lecture and Workshop on Walt Whitman

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

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman’s Birthday Party

Library of Congress
Sat. Jun 1

Young Learners Tour: Color-Full Fun

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Jun 15

Gallery Talk: Women Abstractionists

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Jun 17

Air Force Strings

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Jun 22

Air Force Strings: The Latin American Spirit

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Jun 23

Tour: Italian Renaissance Collection

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Jul 11

Open Studio Fridays

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Apr. 26 – Aug. 9

Portrait Party for Young Learners

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Aug 17

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

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

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

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

National Gallery of Art
May. 5 – Jul. 28

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

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Thru Sep. 15

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

Gallery Tours

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Dec. 31

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

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

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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