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National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/12/15

New Display: Japanese American Nisei Congressional Gold Medal

The museum will display the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service veterans by the U.S. Congress Nov. 2, 2011. 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, 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 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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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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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 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 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 | 11/3 - 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 | 11/3 - 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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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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Music Event | 11/23

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

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 locations National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution (2 locations)

 
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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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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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Performing Arts | 10/31 - 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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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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Museum

National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 11/2

SlingShot

Inventor Dean Kamen, known primarily for the Segway Personal Transporter, tackles a new invention and places his focus on the planet's safe water crisis. Director Paul Lazarus will lead a panel discussion following the movie screening, as part of the Environmental Film Festival. At the Baird Auditorium. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-342-2564

 
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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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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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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 10/31/15

Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

Examining the story of Martha, the last passenger pigeon seen on Earth, 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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Exhibit | Through 12/12/15

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

A photography exhibition in celebration of the 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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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 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 the United States. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 
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Music Event | 12/7

Emerson String Quartet

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. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 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 | 11/25 - 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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Miscellaneous Location

Woodrow Wilson Center

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

The National Mall between 14th and Ninth Streets

14th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Pennsylvania Avenue Between 11th and 12th Streets NW

Pennsylvania Avenue between 11th and 12th streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Miscellaneous Location

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC | 202-727-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Location

12th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue

12th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Museum

1275 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

1275 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-686-8696
 
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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 | 11/5

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

A program featuring author Jill Lepore, who wrote "The Secret History of Wonder Woman," a book about the history of Wonder Woman and creator William Moulton Marston. S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-3030

 
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Miscellaneous Location

13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 10/31

Fear at the Freer!

Activities include Freer-inspired mask-making, Japanese food from the Tokyo in the City food truck and a screening of Ringu. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution

Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

A collection of stone and gilt bronze Buddhist sculptures highlight two flourishing ages, the late Six Dynasties and the High Tang (6th to 8th century). The exhibition's dramatic focus is the monumental Cosmological Buddha: a life-size stone sculpture covered in intricate representations of the earthly realms. It is the only one of its kind in the world. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | 11/22 - 5/31/15

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

Highlighting the tradition of landscape painting in Chinese culture, this exhibition features early works from the museum's collection. Key styles emerged during the Yuan dynasty. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | 12/13 - 6/14/15

Zen, Tea, and Chinese art in Medieval Japan

Features Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware and ceramics that shed light on the Chinese arts and ideas that were brought to medieval Japan between the late 12th and 16th centuries. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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