Free Events: Museums

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Performances

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

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

Curtis Opera Theatre Vocal Quartet

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Feb 24

Cub Corner: Dogs

College Park Aviation Museum
Thu. Feb 28

Thursdays at Noon: Curator's Choice

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Feb 28

Nancy at Ninety Gallery Talk

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

Free Community Day: March

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Mar 3

Thursdays at Noon

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 7

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

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Mar 14

Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 14

Open Studio Pop-Up: Botanical Art

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Mar 15

Reston Links - Youth Arts Showcase EXPLOSION

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sat. Mar 16

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Mar 19

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

Drawn to Figures

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 6 – 23

Young Portrait Explorers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 11 & 25

Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Mar 28

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

Haimovitz–Iyer Duo

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Apr 7

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Apr 11

Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Apr 11

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

Shakespeare's Birthday

Folger Theatre
Sun. Apr 14

Americans’ Forgotten Love Affair with Opera

Library of Congress
Tue. Apr 16

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

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Wed. Apr 17

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

The Legacy of the New Dance Group

Library of Congress
Fri. Apr 19

Portrait InSight

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 21 – Apr. 20

Young Portrait Explorers: Rachel Carson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Apr. 8 & 22

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

Dead Letter Office: Gallery Experience

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Feb. 21 – Apr. 27

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 28 – Apr. 27

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 2 – Apr. 28

Portrait Story Days

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mar. 2 – Apr. 28

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. May 9

Gallery Talk: Women Abstractionists

National Gallery of Art
Mon. Jun 17

Tour: Italian Renaissance Collection

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Jul 11

Open Studio Fridays

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 22 – Aug. 9

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

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
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

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

National Gallery of Art
May. 5 – Jul. 28

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
Apr. 14 – Sep. 15

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

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

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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