Free Events: Museums

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Performances

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jan 29

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 19

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 26

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 12

Young Learners Tour: Color-Full Fun

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Feb 15

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Feb 5

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Feb 2

A Book Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Feb 18

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company A Tribute to Marian Anderson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 3 – 24

Morning at the Museum

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Feb 8

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Jan. 25 & 26

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Feb 1

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Jan 25

Portrait Signs

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 27 & 29

Portrait Story Days

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Jan. 25 & 26

Portrait Story Days

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 8 – 29

Presidential Family Fun Day

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Feb 15

See Me at the Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Wed. Feb 12

Young Portrait Explorers: Fishes with Julie Packard

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Mon. Jan 27

Young Portrait Explorers: Martin Luther King Jr.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 10 & 24

Robert Franklin Gates

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Jan 25

Winter Opening Reception

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Jan 25

Twilight Tuesdays

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Feb. 4 – 25

Free Parking: Communicating Vessels

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

Gallery Talk: Eroded Field

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Feb 29

Volkmar Wentzel

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Feb 8

Washington Print Club

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Feb 1

Just Us

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 3 – Apr. 6

Picture This: Tours for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Jan. 25 – Apr. 25

ASL at the NGA

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 8 – Apr. 11

A Portrait of Robert Frank

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Jan 25

Speaking of Art Lecture

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Feb 4

Jeff Koons: The Whitney Retrospective

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Feb 25

No Data Plan preceded by Disintegration 93-96

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Jan 26

The Wild Frontier

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Feb 1

It Will Be Chaos

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 22

JRA Distinguished Artist Series: Annie Evelyn

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sun. Mar 8

Valentine's Day Card Workshop

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sun. Feb 9

Free Community Day: March

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Mar 1

International Women’s Day 2020

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Mar 8

MAR 04 Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 4

MAR 11 Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 11

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Mar 1

APR 01 Gallery Talk: Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 1

Delita Martin

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thu. Apr 9

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 15

Free Community Day: April

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Apr 5

#5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 18

#5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Mar 25

Museum Day

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Apr 4

Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Apr 5

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2020: Women Artists of Latin America

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat. Mar 14

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Jun 7

Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 22

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Apr 29

Book Arts Lecture: Audrey Niffenegger—A Life in Libraries

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Jun 7

Free Community Day: June

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. Jun 7

Free Community Day: May

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. May 3

Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jun 3

Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jun 10

Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jun 17

Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Jun 24

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 6

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 13

Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 20

Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 27

Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Jennifer Koh

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. May 27

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun. May 3

Diane Monroe, violin, with PUBLIQuartet

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Feb 2

Nordic Voices

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Feb 9

Eighth Blackbird

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Feb 16

Third Coast Percussion

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Feb 23

Suspicious Cheese Lords

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Feb 28

McGill-McHale Trio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 1

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 8

Agora Dance with Sound Impact

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 15

Vera Quartet with Meng-Chieh Li, piano

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 22

Elliot Wuu

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Mar 27

Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Mar 29

Bomsori Kim, violin, and Amy Yang, piano

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Apr 5

Junction Trio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Apr 12

Family Workshops

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 15 – 17

Art Investigators: Ages 4–7

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Jan. 25 & 26

yMusic

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Apr 19

Aspen String Trio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Apr 24

Robert Mirabal with ETHEL

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. Apr 26

Brasil Guitar Duo with Jiji

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. May 3

Inna Faliks, piano

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. May 10

Ariel Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sun. May 17

Renzo Piano — The Architect of Light

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Feb 1

Author’s Talk and Concert – Hail Columbia! and the Music of the Founding Era

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Tue. Apr 21

Author’s Talk – 1774: The Long Year of Revolution

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Thu. Mar 5

Author’s Talk – The Boston Massacre: A Family History

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Tue. Apr 7

Concert – Nancy Peery Marriott and David Chapman

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Sat. Mar 21

Lecture – Suffering Soldiers: Moral Sentiment and Veterans’ Pensions

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Mon. Mar 30

Lunch Bite – A Map of the Province of New York, with Part of Pensilvania, and New England

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Fri. Feb 21

Lunch Bite – The Female Review: or Memoirs of an American Young Lady

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Sun. Apr 5

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 31

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 7 – 28

Open Studio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 31

Open Studio

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Feb. 7 – 28

Portraiture 101

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tue. Feb 4

The Art of Care for Medical Professionals (Adults, 4 Sessions)

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Fri. Feb 7

Ongoing Events

New York Ave Sculpture Project

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Sep. 20

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

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

In Mid-Sentence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Mar. 29

One Life: Marian Anderson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 17

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

National Archives
Thru Jan. 3, 2021

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Library of Congress
Thru Sep. 1

Right to the City @Shaw Neighborhood Library

Shaw Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20

Right to the City @Mt Pleasant Library

Mt Pleasant Library
Thru Apr. 20

Right to the City @Anacostia Neighborhood Library

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20

Right to the City @Woodridge Neighborhood Library

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20

America’s First Veterans

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Thru Apr. 5

Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 31

Storied Women of the Civil War Era

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 8, 2022

Installation of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, 1784

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Apr. 15

None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jan. 26

Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Library of Congress
Thru Sep. 12

Baseball: America’s Home Run

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Jun. 27, 2020 – Mar. 1, 2022

A Right to the City

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thru Apr. 20

Communicating Vessels: Ed Bisese, Elyse Harrison, Wayne Paige

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 25 – Mar. 15

Good Form, Decorum, and in the Manner: Portraits from the Collections of Washington Print Club Members

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 25 – Mar. 15

Heroes & Losers: The Edification of Luis Lorenzana

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 25 – Mar. 15

Landscape in an Eroded Field - Carol Barsha, Heather Theresa Clark, Artemis Herber

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 25 – Mar. 15

Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 25 – May. 24

Volkmar Wentzel

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 25 – May. 24
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