Museums in DC Metro including Art Museums, Historic Homes and More

Washington DC is the home to world-class museums that host varied and exciting programs for singles, couples, and families with kids! Check here daily for an abundance of museum programming, exhibitions cool after hours events, talks, lectures, historic home exhibits and concerts. And sign up here to receive our Museum & Art Gallery Seasonal e-newsletter launching this Fall!


Hot Hits

Recent Acquisitions

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Nov. 3
An exhibition of historic and contemporary works newly acquired for its growing collection.

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Oct. 11, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Examining the lives and works of several highly successful artists in the Netherlands during the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Aug. 18
This exhibition is the first to bring together examples of Wari, Inka, and Colonial khipu.

One Life: Marian Anderson

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 17, 2020
Shifts the attention from Anderson’s historic 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to underexplored moments in the contralto’s career.

Miniature Shakespeare Books from the Harner Collection

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Dec. 31
The smallest item is a 14-millimeter printing of Act IV, Scene 1 from The Merchant of Venice.

Right to the City @Anacostia Neighborhood Library

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Thru Apr. 20, 2020
How Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways

Live Dangerously

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sep. 19, 2019 – Jan. 20, 2020
Twelve photographers, use humor, drama, ambiguity, and storytelling to illuminate the landscape as means of self-empowerment and personal expression.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2020
“Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States.

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

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20
Rogers, Sures, and Watkin trace human connections to the natural world—across time and varied landscapes.

Queens of Egypt

National Geographic
Thru Sep. 15
This multisensory exhibition will bring you back in time some 3,500 years, to the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt.

Storied Women of the Civil War Era

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru May. 8, 2022
This intimate exhibition includes portraits of these and other intriguing women who captivated the public while becoming sought-after subjects for Mathew Brady’s camera.

Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sep. 3 – Oct. 20
More than two dozen large-scale and rarely seen works by Hartigan and Herzbrun from private and public collections.

Spotlights

Korean Family Day

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Sat. Aug 17

Landmark Lecture: Unhappy Separations

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue. Sep 24

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Aug 28

Interference concert

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

Free Parking: WD Printmaking

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

Royal Philatelic Society London’s 150th Anniversary

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Oct. 18 – 19

REMIX: The Future is Female

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Sep 26

Portrait Story Days: Charles Lindbergh

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Aug. 24 – 25

Exiled, America's Deported Veterans

Mt Pleasant Library
Fri. Oct 4

Art All Night at the AU Museum

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

Twilight & Tipple Tours at Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Aug. 27 – Oct. 22
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