Free Events: Museums

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Performances

Architecture Tour

Dumbarton Oaks
Oct. 26 & Nov. 9

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 26 – Nov. 30

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Nov 19

Curator Tour – The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Oct 27

Día de los Muertos

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Nov 2

In Focus: Chief Joseph

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Nov 7

Morning with the Girl Scouts

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Nov 23

Portrait InSight

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Nov 16

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 24 – Nov. 23

Portraiture 101

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Nov 5

Young Portrait Explorers: Frida Kahlo

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mon. Oct 28

Young Portrait Explorers: American Indian Heritage Month

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 18 & 25

See Me at the Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Nov 12

Cultural Capital: Mujeres de Cine—Journey to a Mother’s Room

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Nov 6

Free Community Day: November

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Nov 3

Free Community Day: December

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Dec 1

Gallery Talk: Judy Chicago—The End

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Oct 23

Gallery Talk: Live Dangerously

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Oct 30

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Nov 6

Gallery Talk: Judy Chicago—The End

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Nov 13

Gallery Talk: Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Nov 20

Gallery Talk: Live Dangerously

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Nov 27

Gallery Talk: Judy Chicago—The End

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Dec 4

Gallery Talk: Live Dangerously

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Dec 11

Gallery Talk: Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Dec 18

Gallery Talk: Live Dangerously

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jan 8, 2020

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jan 15, 2020

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jan 22, 2020

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jan 29, 2020

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 19, 2020

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 26, 2020

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 12, 2020

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Nov 3

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Dec 1

Young Learners Program: Read for the Record 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thu. Nov 7

Young Learners Tour: Spotting Shapes and Looking for Lines

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Dec 14

Young Learners Tour: Color-Full Fun

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Feb 15, 2020

Washington in the 2000’s

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thu. Nov 7

Veterans Day: Generations of Service Tours

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Nov 10

Free Community Day: January

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jan 1, 2020

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Jan 5, 2020

Contemporary Ensemble

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Sun. Nov 10

Holiday Vocals

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Sun. Dec 8

French Marquis, Yorktown Victor, Spanish Grandee: Claude-Anne de Rouvoy, marquis de Saint-Simon

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Thu. Oct 24

Lunch Bite - A Pensioner of the Revolution

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Fri. Nov 15

Lunch Bite - Nisbet Balfour’s Letter Book of 1781

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Fri. Dec 13

American Veterans through Two Centuries

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Mon. Nov 11

The Insular Worlds of Byzantium

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House
Fri. Nov 15

Dark World

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Nov 16

Fair is foul & foul is fair

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Nov 9

Late Fall Opening Reception

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Nov 9

ARCADIA Closing Party

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Dec 14

Citizen Lane Film Screening

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Wed. Dec 11

Free Parking: Christine Neill

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thu. Dec 5

JRA Distinguished Artist Series: Rebecca Hutchinson

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sun. Nov 17

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 1 – 29

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 25 – Nov. 29

Drawn to Figures: How to Draw Feet

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 13 & 16

Drawn to Figures: How to Draw Hands

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 6 & 9

Open Studio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 1 – 29

Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Pocahontas

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 2 & 3

Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Sequoyah

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 9 & 10

Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Sitting Bull

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 23 & 24

Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Zitkala-Ša

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Nov 30

Strike a Prose: Write from Your Soul (cross-genre)

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Oct 25

Ongoing Events

Anderson House

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Thru Dec. 31

New York Ave Sculpture Project

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

Portraits of the World: Korea Exhibition

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Nov. 17

Americans

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

Nation to Nation

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

Our Universes

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

Return to a Native Place

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

The Great Inka Road

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

Gallery Tours

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Dec. 31

The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Jan. 5, 2020

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2020

In Mid-Sentence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Mar. 29, 2020

One Life: Marian Anderson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 17, 2020

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

National Archives
Thru Jan. 3, 2021

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Thru Oct. 27

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Library of Congress
Thru Sep. 1, 2020

Section 14: The Other Palm Springs

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

Right to the City @Shaw Neighborhood Library

Shaw Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20, 2020

Right to the City @Mt Pleasant Library

Mt Pleasant Library
Thru Apr. 20, 2020

Right to the City @Anacostia Neighborhood Library

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20, 2020

Right to the City @Woodridge Neighborhood Library

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20, 2020

Miniature Shakespeare Books from the Harner Collection

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Dec. 31

Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Dec. 15

Topographies of Life: Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Dec. 15

America’s First Veterans

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Nov. 8, 2019 – Apr. 5, 2020

Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 31, 2020

Storied Women of the Civil War Era

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 8, 2022

Recent Acquisitions

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Nov. 3

Day of the Dead Festival

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Nov. 1 – 3

Installation of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, 1784

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Apr. 15, 2020

None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jan. 26, 2020

Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Library of Congress
Thru Sep. 12, 2020

Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Jan. 5, 2020

ARCADIA: The Clyde’s Murals by William Woodward

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Nov. 9 – Dec. 15

Christine Neill: Observations from the Valley Floor

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Nov. 9 – Dec. 15

Dark World: Photographs by Frank Hallam Day

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Nov. 9 – Dec. 15

Michal Heiman's Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855-2020

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Nov. 9 – Dec. 15

Fair is foul & foul is fair

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Nov. 9 – Dec. 15
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