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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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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 | 10/27 - 12/8

Ongoing exhibits:

Explore various cultures and species, as well as different time periods through geology. Also on display is the Hope Diamond. See all Ongoing exhibits: locations National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution (69 locations)

 
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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 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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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 | 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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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 | 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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Music Event | 10/26

Rob Kapilow

As part of his "What Makes It Great?" series, 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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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. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Music Event | 10/25

Eugene Drucker

The violinist and special guest, pianist Diane Walsh, perform works by Brahms, Bach and Saint-Saens as part of the Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series. At the Baird Auditorium. National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 
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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

Ninth Street NW and Consitution Avenue

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

Old Post Office Pavilion

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

Federal Triangle Metro Station

302 12th St., NW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
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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 | 10/30

Richard Brookhiser

A senior editor at the National Review, will discuss his book "Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
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Book Event | 10/23

Michael Blanding

A Boston-based investigative journalist, will discuss his book "The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
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Book Event | 10/23

Harold Holzer

An authority on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War will discuss his book "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
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Museum

FBI Building

935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-324-3000
 
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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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Restaurant |

Paul

801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC | 202-524-4500
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Market Square

Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets, Washington, DC | 202-727-1000
 
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Museum

National Archives and Records Administration

Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000
 
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Exhibit | Through 1/5/15

Making Their Mark

A display of signatures by such figures as Jacqueline Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Johnny Cash. The exhibition also features an invention patented by Michael Jackson. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Exhibit | Through 11/3

Document Display

This display features documents and an artifact commemorating the 1814 burning of Washington and the attack on Baltimore and Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Naval Heritage Center

701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC
 
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Exhibit | Through 3/31/15

Year of the Coast Guard

A year-long exhibit featuring historical photographs, uniforms, recruiting posters from military collections and other rare artifacts. See all Year of the Coast Guard locations Naval Heritage Center (2 locations)

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Pennsylvania Avenue Between Fourth and 14th Streets

Pennsylvania Avenue between Fourth and 14th streets, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Museum

Zenith Gallery

1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-783-2963
 
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Exhibit | Through 1/3/15

Home Is Where the Art Is II

Eight Zenith Gallery artists exhibit hand-made decor and home furnishings: Gary Rosenthal, Mike Young, Alison Sigethy, Girardini Design, Maria Simonsson, Mel Sears, Margery E. Goldberg and Dana Lehrer Danze. Zenith Gallery 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-783-2963

 
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Restaurant | $$$

Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-626-0015
 
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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

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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Miscellaneous Location

The Carousel on the National Mall

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

Smithsonian Castle - Smithsonian Institution

1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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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

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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Restaurant | $$$

Fogo De Chao

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-347-4668
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

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