Free Events: Museums

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Performances

Exiled, America's Deported Veterans

Mt Pleasant Library
Fri. Oct 4

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Aug 28

Gallery Talk: New York Ave Sculpture Project

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Aug 21

Architecture Tour

Dumbarton Oaks
Sep. 6 – Nov. 1

Fall Plant Sale and Picnic

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. Sep 29

Mi Casa, Su Casa: A Migration Celebration

College Park Aviation Museum
Sat. Sep 21

Cultural Capital: Step Afrika!

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Fri. Aug 30

Free Community Day: September

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Sep 1

Gallery Talk: More is More: Multiples

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Sep 4

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Sep 1

Art All Night at the AU Museum

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

Early Fall Opening Reception

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Sep 7

Family Day at the AU Museum

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Oct 19

Free Parking: WD Printmaking

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thu. Sep 26

Gallery Talk: Moves Like Walter

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Sep 28

Gallery Talk: Topographies of Life

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Sep 7

Interference concert

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thu. Oct 3

REMIX: Soundtrack to Summer

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Aug 22

Director’s Essay Prize Lecture and Prize Ceremony

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
Fri. Sep 6

In Focus: John Muir

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Sep 5

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 7 – Nov. 30

Young Portrait Explorers: Celia Cruz

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 9 & 23

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Nov 19

Artist Talk—Portraits of the World: Korea

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Wed. Sep 11

Curator Tour – The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Oct 27

Curator Tour—Storied Women of the Civil War

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Sep 29

Día de los Muertos

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
Sat. Nov 2

In Focus: Chief Joseph

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Nov 7

In Focus: The Four Justices

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Oct 3

March on Washington Film Festival: The Me I Want to Sing

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Sat. Sep 28

Morning with the Girl Scouts

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Nov 23

Portrait InSight

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 21 & Nov. 16

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 24 – Nov. 23

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 26 – Nov. 23

Portraiture 101

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 1 & Nov. 5

¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Community Day

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
Sat. Sep 28

Young Portrait Explorers: Frida Kahlo

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 13 & 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
Sep. 10 – Nov. 12

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Nov 6

Museum Day

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Sep 21

Free Community Day: October

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Oct 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: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Sep 11

New York Ave Sculpture Project

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Sep 18

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Sep 25

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Oct 2

Gallery Talk: Live Dangerously

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Oct 9

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Oct 16

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. Oct 6

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 Tour: Animal Adventure

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Oct 19

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

Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Jamie Bernstein and Spencer Myer

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Oct 2

Model Airplane Demonstration Flights

College Park Aviation Museum
Mon. Sep 2

Washington in the 2000’s

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thu. Nov 7

Celebration of Native American Veterans

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Sat. Sep 21

Hispanic Heritage Month Concert: New Inca Son

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Sat. Sep 14

Lakota Music Project with the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Ensemble

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Sat. Oct 19

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 6 – 27

Open Studio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 6 – 27

Portrait Story Days: Marisol Escobar

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 7 & 8

Portrait Story Days: Sonia Sotomayor

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 14 & 15

Portrait Story Days: Celia Cruz

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 21 & 22

Portrait Story Days: José Limón

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Sep 29

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 1 – 29

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sep. 6 – 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

Portrait Story Days: Dolores Huerta

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 5 & 6

Portrait Story Days: Frida Kahlo

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 12 & 13

Portrait Story Days: Pedro Martinez

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Oct 19

Strike A Prose: Writing for Justice (non-fiction)

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Oct 8

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

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 22 & 25

Strike a Prose: Crafting Dialogue (fiction)

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Oct. 15 & 18

Ongoing Events

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

La Cascada by Luzinterruptus

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Thru Sep. 27

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

Water: The Mirror of Life

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Thru Sep. 27

Royal Philatelic Society London’s 150th Anniversary

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Oct. 18 – 19

Miniature Shakespeare Books from the Harner Collection

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Dec. 31

Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20

Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20

Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass by Annette Lerner

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20

Prints & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970-Present

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20

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

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20

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
Oct. 17, 2019 – Apr. 15, 2020
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