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.

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.

Recent Acquisitions

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

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.

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.

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

African American Women in the Suffrage Movement and the Battle for the Vote

National Archives
Thu. Sep 12
Join for a panel discussion as we discuss their stories, challenges, achievements, and what they confronted in the battle for the vote.

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.

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.

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.

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

National Archives
Tue. Sep 24
Levin argues that imprecise contemporary accounts and misrepresentations helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

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.


A Right To The City Author Talk Series: Lance Freeman

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
Sat. Sep 7

Early Fall Opening Reception

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

REMIX: The Future is Female

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thu. Sep 26

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

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

Urban Gardening Series: Summer Harvest, Looking to the Future

Martha's Table at the Commons
Sat. Aug 24

Architecture Tour

Dumbarton Oaks
Sep. 6 – Nov. 1

Landmark Lecture: Unhappy Separations

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue. Sep 24

Art All Night at the AU Museum

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

Migration and Displacement Themed Story Time

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Mon. Aug 26

Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed. Aug 28

Portrait Story Days: Charles Lindbergh

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Aug. 24 – 25

Interference concert

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