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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 12/12

Ongoing exhibits:

Explore the evolution of flight through displays, hands-on exhibitions and historic aircraft and spacecraft, from the Wright Brothers' plane to Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. The museum also has a planetarium and Imax theater, which for a fee shows educational films on flight and outer space. See all Ongoing exhibits: locations National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution (69 locations)

 
3.

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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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

Albert Einstein Planetarium

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4629
 
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Miscellaneous Location

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC
 
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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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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

 
9.

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

 
10.

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

 
11.

Exhibit | Through 4/12/15

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

 
12.

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

 
13.

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

 
14.

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)
 
16.  

Restaurant | $$

Mitsitam Cafe

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

National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
20.

Miscellaneous Event | 10/25 - 10/26

Will Wilson and his Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange

The photographer creates tintype portraits of visitors as part of his series. The portraits will be on display on Sunday. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-6985

 
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Miscellaneous Event | 2/2/20

The Sublime World of Noel Coward

Steve Ross performs an evening of music and words about Sir Noel Coward. At the Rasmuson Theater. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-3030

 
22.

Exhibit | 10/25 - 10/26

Larry McNeil and the Art of the Digital Age

The photographer invites visitors to discuss his photographs and share some of their own on his Facebook page. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-6985

 
23.

Exhibit | Through 6/30/17

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

An exhibition exploring the importance of Native American diplomats and leaders focuses on the relationship between Indian nations and the Founding Fathers. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 2/1/15

Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed

Central American ceramics from 1000 B.C. to the present are on view. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 7/6/15

Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities

An exhibition examining how eight Native American communities live in the 21st century. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit, Book Event | 12/5 - 4/12/15

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

An exhibition exploring the concept of womanhood as represented through the Virgin Mary features works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. See all Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea locations National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution (2 locations)

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

As We Grow: Traditions, Toys and Games

A new permanent exhibition at the museum displays more than 100 objects that show how Native American children play. The toys, games and clothing in these cases come from all over North, Central and South America and represent more than 30 tribes. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
28.

Exhibit | Through 1/5/15

Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson

An exhibition of works by the artists, who challenge the idea that North American Indians are a "vanishing race." National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth 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
 
30.

Store

Washington Design Center

300 D St. SW, Washington, DC | 202-554-5053
 
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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 | 11/9 - 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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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 11/16

Africa Re-Viewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, an exhibition focused on the photographer's work capturing images of African culture. National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4600

 
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Museum

National Gallery of Art

Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215
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36.

Miscellaneous Event | 2/2/15

Gun Crazy

Two love-struck criminals on the run from the law. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
37.

Exhibit | Through 12/12

Masterpieces of American Furniture From the Kaufman Collection, 1700-1830

One of the largest collections of Early American furniture in private hands, acquired over the course of five decades by George M. and Linda H. Kaufman, is on display. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit | Through 1/4/15

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

An exhibition of photographs that explore significant cultural and geographic sites in India and Burma. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit, Book Event | Through 1/4/15

The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art

An exhibition of photographs, documents and memorabilia. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
40.

Exhibit | Through 3/11/17

Civic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits From Amsterdam

Rare depictions by Govert Flinck and Bartholomeus van der Helst of meetings inside the Kloveniersdoelen, the gathering place of one of Amsterdam's three militia companies. See all Civic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits From Amsterdam locations National Gallery of Art (2 locations)

 
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Exhibit, Book Event | Through 2/1/15

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925

An exhibition of prints, drawings and illustrated books that provide a glimpse into a little-known art period. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
42.

Exhibit | Through 1/25/15

From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe

An exhibition highlighting the artist's work, which included etchings, decorative frontispieces and illustrated books. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit | Through 1/11/15

Degas's Little Dancer

A focus exhibition presented in conjunction with the world premiere of the Kennedy Center's musical "Little Dancer." The musical is inspired by the original wax statuette of a young ballerina. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit | Through 2/1/15

Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

The final show featuring pieces from Ruth and Jacob Kainen's collection is an overview of the first 70 years of 20th-century American art. The exhibition includes a 1946 pictograph by Adolph Gottlieb, two abstract expressionist works by Willem de Kooning and more. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit | 11/2 - 2/16/15

El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

A commemorative exhibition featuring paintings by El Greco from the museum and Washington-area collections. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit | Through 1/4/15

A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection

This exhibition features about 25 photographs by Peter Henry Emerson, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn and others. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
47.

Performing Arts | 11/28 - 11/30

Kirov Ballet Academy

An encounter with a 19th-century ballet rehearsal in honor of Degas's "Little Dancer.". At the West Building Garden Court. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Music Event | 11/20

Lucidarium

Using period instruments, the chamber ensemble plays Jewish music by Medieval and Renaissance composers. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 
49.

Music Event | 11/30

Carolyn Enger

In celebration of the gallery's "Modern American Prints from the Kainen Collection" exhibition, the pianist performs works by mid-20th-century American composers. At the West Building Garden Court. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 
50.

Music Event | 11/9

Francisco Bernier

In celebration of "El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration," the classical guitarist performs music from the Spanish Renaissance. Sponsored by the Billy Rose Foundation. At the West Building Garden Court. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 
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