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!


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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.

Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Jan. 20, 2020
In nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, as well as two large bronze sculptures, Chicago tackles human mortality and species extinction.

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.

Section 14: The Other Palm Springs

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Jan. 1, 2020
Exposing a land battle in the long conflict between western expansion and Indigenous peoples’ rights.

ARCADIA: The Clyde’s Murals by William Woodward

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Dec. 15
William Woodward’s vibrant, 72-foot mural, Arcadia (1980), evokes a landscape of pure painterly invention, a lost world that has inspired poets, artists, and musicians since antiquity.

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age

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

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Library of Congress
Thru Sep. 1, 2020
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” tells the story of the long campaign for women’s suffrage – considered the largest reform movement in American history – which lasted more than seven decades.

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.

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.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

National Archives
Thru Jan. 3, 2021
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives exhibition explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage.

Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Jan. 5, 2020
Brings together complete tunics, parts of garments, and contemporary replicas of ancient dress to evoke the fashions of this now lost world.

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

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Dec. 15
Rogers, Sures, and Watkin trace human connections to the natural world—across time and varied landscapes.

Spotlights

Holiday Pajama Party

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat. Nov 30

Tudor Lights 2019

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Dec 5

Free Parking: Christine Neill

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

None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jan. 26, 2020

Cultural Capital: 19 the Musical

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Nov. 25 – 27

Nat Geo Nights: Africa's Last Wild Places

National Geographic
Thu. Feb 20, 2020

Holidays through History

Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
Fri. Dec 6

Engineering 101

College Park Aviation Museum
Dec. 21, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020

Holiday Trains & Planes

College Park Aviation Museum
Dec. 14 – 21

Annual Holiday Card Workshop

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Dec. 7 – 8

Native American Heritage Day: Family Fun Day

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Fri. Nov 29

Overheard: A live Podcast recording

National Geographic
Thu. Dec 5
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