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Miscellaneous Location

The National Mall

Between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC | 202-485-9880
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Jefferson Drive and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-2220
 
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Museum

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 12/1 - 12/8

Ongoing exhibits:

19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture, and a sculpture garden. See all Ongoing exhibits: locations Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution (68 locations)

 
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Exhibit | 6/16/15 - 9/30/15

Sitebound: Photography from the Collection

Works depicting a sense of place, by such artists as Laurel Nakadate, Catherine Opie, Taryn Simon and Thomas Struth. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 4/6/15

Days of Endless Time

In celebration of the Hirshhorn's 40th anniversary, this exhibition features works by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Douglas Gordon, Guido van der Werve and others. The works emphasize escape, solitude, enchantment, spirituality and the thrall of nature. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12/15

At the Hub of Things

An installation occupying the entire outer ring of the third-level galleries features works by Janine Antoni, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Hiroshi Sugimoto and others. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 1/11/15

Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler

An exhibition representing Scarpitta's career features paintings by the artist that incorporate bandages and automobile parts and his full-scale race-car sculptures. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 9/30/15

Speculative Forms

Drawn from the museum's permanent collection, this sculpture exhibition examines trends in modernist sculpture since the early 20th century. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/31

Barbara Kruger: Belief + Doubt

The entire museum space -- walls, floor, escalator sides -- is wrapped in text on vinyl by the artist, immersing visitors in halls of voices that address conflicting perceptions of democracy, power and belief. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

Albert Einstein Planetarium

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4629
 
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Movie Theater

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Smithsonian - Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater

601 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4629

On this giant screen, the images are monstrous and the sound is earth-shaking.

 
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Museum

National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-2214
 
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Exhibit | Through 7/25/15

Hawaii by Air

An exhibition examining how flying to Hawaii has changed through the years. National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

Arts and Industries Building - Smithsonian Institution

900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Location

L'Enfant Plaza Station (Metro/VRE)

600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
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Restaurant |

Roti Mediterranean Grill

(7 locations)
 
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Miscellaneous Location

The Carousel on the National Mall

900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Museum

National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Exhibit | Through 9/13/15

Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria

A photography exhibition featuring images by Alonge that document the rituals, pageantry and regalia of the royal court. National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4600

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12/15

Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue

In celebration of the museum's 50th anniversary, an exhibition exploring the museum's history. National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4600

 
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Restaurant | $

Pavilion Cafe -- National Gallery of Art

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-289-3360
 
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Miscellaneous Location

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Skating Rink

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-216-9397
 
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Museum

Smithsonian Castle - Smithsonian Institution

1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 12/6 - 12/7

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

Flautist Sandra Miller and Esterhazy Machine members Steven Dann, Myron Lutzke and Kenneth Slowik perform works by Joseph Haydn and Andreas Lidl in a Masterworks of Four Centuries concert. Smithsonian Castle - Smithsonian Institution 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-3030

 
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Music Event | 12/6 - 12/7

Masterworks of Four Centuries 2014-2015 Concert Series

Flauto traverso player Sandra Miller, violist Steven Dann, violoncellist Myron Lutzke and baryton player and pianist Kenneth Slowik perform works by Haydn and Lidl. Smithsonian Castle - Smithsonian Institution 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC

 
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Miscellaneous Location

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Enid A. Haupt Garden

12th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Constitution Avenue Between Seventh and 17th Streets NW

Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Restaurant | $$

Mitsitam Cafe

4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Restaurant | $$

Garden Cafe -- National Gallery of Art

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-289-3360
 
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Miscellaneous Location

U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-586-4848
 
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Movie Theater

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William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives

700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 866-272-6272

The theater is the home screen for the film collection of the National Archives, the world's largest holding of non-commercial film and sound recordings.

 
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Book Event | 12/4

Stanley Weintraub

Will discuss his book "A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Koren War". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Museum

Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Pavilion

1050 Independence Ave S.W., Distric of Columbia, DC
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Ninth Street NW and Consitution Avenue

Ninth Street NW and Consitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-426-6841
 
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Museum

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Exhibit | 12/1 - 12/8

Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran

The collection highlights metalwork from the first millennium B.C. to the early Islamic period. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 5/31/15

The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia

The exhibition provides a glimpse into travels across the continent. It features East Asian scrolls, Japanese woodblock prints, contemporary photography with maps and more. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 6/7/15

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

An installation by the artist inspired by personal memories of lost individuals and moments features discarded shoes and notes she collected. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 3/22/15

Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

The focus of this exhibition is a calligraphic script that was developed in the 14th century in Iran. More than 20 works from 1400 to 1600 that highlight this script will be on display. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 6/7/15

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

An exhibition highlighting discoveries made by the paleontologist and geologist during his adventures. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Theater

Discovery Theater

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-8700
 
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Performing Arts | 12/1 - 12/19

Seasons of Light

Smithsonian Discovery Theater presents an interactive show about the history and customs of Ramadan, Devali, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the Winter Solstice. At the Discovery Theater. Discovery Theater 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-8700

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Smithsonian Associates

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-357-3030
 
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Museum

S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 12/9

A New Journey Through A Christmas Carol

It's a much-loved Yuletide tradition, but Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" is more than a great holiday read. Using the text and clips from modern movie versions, scholar Daniel Gifford will unlock the novel's message for America in his Smithsonian lecture. -- Peggy McGlone S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | 12/7

Holiday Decorating, White House Style

Holiday decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke shares behind-the-scenes stories and decorating tips in "Holiday Decorating, White House Style," presented by the Smithsonian Associates. Burke will discuss the personal styles and interests of recent first ladies and offer practical advice on adapting White House traditions to your own celebrations. And after the seminar, Burke will sign copies of her book "Christmas With the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition From Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama." -- Peggy McGlone S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-3030

 
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Book Event | 12/2

Cathy Barrow

The Post Food section's Canning Class columnist and the author of "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry," will lead a class on canning and preserving See all Cathy Barrow locations S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution (2 locations)

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Constitution Avenue Between Third and Seventh Streets NW

Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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