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Performing Arts | 8/16

Time Trial of John Brown

Visitors can participate as members of the jury in the abolitionist's trial. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 8/23

Watson Adventures: Murder at the Museum of American History Scavenger Hunt

A mysterious scavenger hunt for adults. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 877-946-4868

 
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Miscellaneous Event | 1/14/16

To the Mountaintop: The Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of the civil rights leader, actor Xavier Carnegie performs a program of selections from King's speeches. The all-ages program incorporates live performance, sound clips, photographs and video footage. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | 8/25 - 12/8

Ongoing exhibits:

American history through the country's first ladies and their gowns, holiday traditions and the evolution of money, as well as the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner." See all Ongoing exhibits: locations National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution (69 locations)

 
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Exhibit | 8/25 - 12/8

Artifact Walls -- The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913

Illustrates a seminal day in the woman's suffrage movement, when 5,000 women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue for a "national procession" during President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Music Event | 11/22

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society: The Masterworks Series: Works of J.S. and C.P.E Bach

Violinist Robert Mealy and harpsichordist and fortepianist Kenneth Slowik perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. See all Smithsonian Chamber Music Society: The Masterworks Series: Works of J.S. and C.P.E Bach locations National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution (2 locations)

 
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Music Event | 10/12

The Axelrod String Quartet Sunday Concert Series

The quartet presents an evening of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC

 
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Book Event | 8/23

Author Event: David Stinson

Stinson signs copies of his book "Deadball, A Metaphysical Baseball Novel." National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Music Event | 10/11

The Axelrod String Quartet Saturday Concert Series

The quartet presents an evening of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC

 
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Exhibit, Book Event | Through 12/12

Renee Fleming's Super Bowl gown

The opera singer's gown from the 2014 Super Bowl will be on view. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 1/19/15

Michelle Obama's second inaugural gown loan

The first lady's second inaugural gown temporarily replaces her first in the First Ladies Room. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 9/7

Continuity and Change: Fifty Years of Museum History

Modern digital photographic prints reveal the museum's change of focus from history and technology to American history. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/12

Ongoing Exhibits

Exhibitions featuring art and artifacts representing American life and history. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 9/7

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963

A collection of photos and artifacts commemorating two major events in American history. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

American Stories

A cross-section of the museum's collection of artifacts shows how stories and history have shaped our national identity. For a limited time, visitors can view John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" manuscript and the Miss Piggy puppet on display in the exhibit through June 17. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950 to 2000

From food production to who does the cooking to where meals are consumed to what we know about what's good for us, this exhibit explores how new technologies and social and cultural shifts have influenced major changes in food, wine and eating in America. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

John Coltrane's tenor saxophone

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the recording of "A Love Supreme," the jazz legend's saxophone is on view. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC

 
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Exhibit | Through 9/7

The Quest for a Modern Museum: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Museum of American History

For the 50th anniversary of the museum, an exhibition documenting its past, present and future, with a focus on the museum circa 1964. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/12

The First Ladies

With more than two dozen gowns from the Smithsonian's almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, this exhibition is a must-see, with dresses worn by Frances Cleveland, Jacqueline Kennedy and Laura Bush, as well as an examination of the role of presidential wives. If you've seen it, here's a reason to return: Michelle Obama's stunning one-shouldered Jason Wu gown from the 2009 inaugural is one of the most recent additions. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/14

The Early Sixties: American Science

A display featuring objects circa 1964 explores innovation in American science, medicine and computing. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/14

The Early Sixties: American Culture

A display celebrating American culture in the 1960s. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-369-5695
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Constitution Avenue Between Third and 15th Streets NW

Constitution Avenue between Third and 15th streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Miscellaneous Location

12th Street NW Between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues

12th Street NW between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Federal Triangle Metro Station

302 12th St., NW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-606-8691
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-312-1399
 
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Restaurant | $$

Aria Pizzeria and Bar

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-312-1250
 
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Performing Arts | 8/22 - 12/12

Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-312-1555

 
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Museum

National Aquarium - Washington

1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-482-2825
 
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Exhibit | Through 8/13

Unintended Journeys

Images and video by Magnum Photos examine the plight of those displaced by natural disasters and global climate change within the past decade, exploring the challenges these people and communities face. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Exhibit | 10/24 - 4/20/15

Nature's Best 2013 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards

An exhibition of approximately 60 large-format images and photographers' stories highlight the beauty, power and humor of nature. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | 11/5 - 12/12/18

The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World

A large-scale fossil exhibition focused on the late Cretaceous period in North America allows visitors to view the fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaurs from a working preparation lab. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | 9/3 - 12/12/15

Wilderness Forever: Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting America's Wilderness

A photography exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act features large-format images by professional, amateur and student photographers. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Music Event | 12/7

Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series

The quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 and "Grosse Fugue" and selections from Bach's "The Art of Fugue.". At the Baird Auditorium. See all Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series locations National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution (2 locations)

 
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Music Event | 10/26

Rob Kapilow's What Makes It Great?

Kapilow leads a discussion on Schubert's "Impromptus" followed by a performance of the work by pianist Yuliya Gorenman. Presented with Washington Performing Arts. At the Baird Auditorium. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 9/1

Augmented Reality Dinosaurs

An exhibition allowing guests to interact with virtual dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

Living on an Ocean Planet

A new permanent exhibit that explores the ocean space and its relationship to human life. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

Dom Pedro

The 14-inch obelisk is a 10,363-carat aquamarine. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 10/20

The Rex Room

In a conservation room, visitors can observe, through one of two doorways, as scientists prepare the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that will go on display in 2019. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 9/1

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

An exhibition on human DNA and genes that scientists have discovered are linked to certain diseases. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 8/16/15

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Through images, music, visual art and first-person narratives, this exhibition explores the influence and experience of Indian Americans in America. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12/15

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

An underwater journey through different marine environments by the award-winning photojournalist. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 10/31/15

Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

Examining the story of the last passenger pigeon, this exhibition features illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/12

Mud Masons of Mali

Archival and contemporary photos and engravings representing the masons. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Movie Theater

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Smithsonian - Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4629

A massive Imax screen at the Natural History museum.

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Woodrow Wilson Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-691-4000
 
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