Film screenings, lectures and performances are often held in the McEvoy Auditorium on the bottom floor. Family programs often take place in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, a glass-covered open space in the middle of the building that opened in late 2007.
Insider tips: The busiest months are March, April, July and August. Tours begin in the F Street lobby at 12:30 and 2 p.m. (Note: there are no tours on the second Tuesday of the month.) Scavenger hunts and self-guided tours are also available. Every third Thursday, the American Art Museum hosts a free Take Five! event in the expansive Kogod Courtyard from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring live music and drink specials (from 5 to 8 p.m. March-August).