NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN in the Arts -- "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues" and "Women in Blues and Jazz," through Sept. 25. Continuing: "M.L. Van Nice: The Library at Wadi ben Dagh," through Nov. 6. Selections from the permanent collection, indefinitely; selections from the silver collection, indefinitely. $10, students and seniors $8, ages 18 and younger free; free on first Wednesday and Sunday of each month. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.


AFRICAN ART -- "TEXTures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art," through Sept. 4; "Treasures," through Aug. 15; "The Art of the Personal Object," indefinitely. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

AIR AND SPACE -- "Generous Friends: Building an Art Collection for the National Air and Space Museum"; "The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age"; "Explore the Universe"; "Earth Today: A Digital View of Our Dynamic Planet"; "GPS: A New Constellation"; "How Things Fly," interactive gallery about the principles of flight; "Modern Carrier Aviation: Seapower in a Changing World"; Pershing II and SS-20 missiles; "Carrier War in the Pacific"; "Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age"; "Voyager: Around the World Without a Pit Stop"; "Looking at Earth," on aerial photography; "The Golden Age of Flight." Large-format films in the Imax theater; "Infinity Express" in the Albert Einstein planetarium. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Seventh and Independence SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

AIR AND SPACE/UDVAR-HAZY Center -- Permanent displays of the space shuttle Enterprise, an SR-71 Blackbird reconaissance aircraft, the "Grumman Goose," the B-29 Enola Gay and other aircraft and space artifacts. Large-format films in the Imax Theater. Admission free; parking $12. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Dulles International Airport, Chantilly. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

AMERICAN DIME MUSEUM -- "Strands of Time: Sentimental Works in Hair"; "Midway in Miniature"; "Remember Me." Permanent exhibition of memorabilia and objects from 19th-century "dime museums" and sideshows. Open Wednesday-Friday noon to 3, Saturday-Sunday noon to 5. $5, ages 6 to 12 $3, under 6 free. 1808 Maryland Ave., Baltimore. 410-230-0263.

AMERICAN HISTORY -- "Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz," through May 2006; "Whatever Happened to Polio?," through April; "Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian"; "Taking America to Lunch," metal lunchboxes and beverage containers; "America on the Move"; "Within These Walls"; "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden"; "Lighting a Revolution II"; "On Time"; "Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song"; "Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th Century America"; "Science in American Life"; "First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image"; "Information Age: People, Information and Technology"; "Field to Factory: African-American Migration 1915-1940"; National Firearms Collection; "Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860"; Hands-On Science Room (open 12:30 to 5 Tuesday-Friday and 10 to 5 Saturday-Sunday; closed federal holidays). Museum open daily 10 to 5:30. 14th and Constitution NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

ANACOSTIA MUSEUM -- "On Their Own: Self-Taught African American Artists," "The Art of Charles Smith" and "In Celebration of Black Men: The Quilt," through Sunday. Open daily 10 to 5. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART -- "A Legacy of Lace: Selections From the Cone Collection" and "Filigree Spaces: Textile Installations by Piper Shepard," through Sept. 18; "A Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art," indefinitely. Permanent exhibitions include the Cone Collection of postimpressionist and early-modern art, Old Masters galleries, the American Wing of American decorative arts, the Garrett and Lucas collections of prints and drawings, and the Saidie A. May collection of art since 1900. Open Friday and Wednesday- Thursday 11 to 5, Saturday-Sunday 11 to 6 (open to 8 on the first Thursday each month). $7, seniors and students $5, under age 19 free. Free to all on the first Thursday monthly. North Charles Street and Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. 410-396-7100.

CORCORAN -- "Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation," through Aug. 29; "The Eyes of History 2005: An Exhibition of Award Winning Photographs by White House Photojournalists," through June 20; "Expressions 2005," through Tuesday; "Contemporary Print Portfolio," through June 20; "The 48th Corcoran Biennial: Closer to Home," through June 27. Permanent collection includes the Salon Dore French gilt room, 16th-century Italian earthenware, 17th- to 20th-century European paintings, and 18th- to 20th-century American paintings. Open Friday-Monday and Wednesday 10 to 5, Thursday 10 to 9; closed Tuesday. $6.75, seniors $4.75, students ages 13 to 18 $3, children under 12 free, family $12; free Mondays all day and Thursdays after 5. 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

DAR -- Permanent collection includes ceramics, glass and silver, period rooms and children's section. Open Monday-Friday 9:30 to 4, Saturday 9 to 5 (closed Sundays). 1776 D St. NW. 202-879-3254.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- "David Garrick (1717-1779), A Theatrical Life," through Aug. 28. Shakespeare First Folio on permanent display. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 4. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

FREER GALLERY -- "Chinese Mountains of Immortality," through Oct. 2; "Games, Contests and Artful Play in Japan" and "Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei," through Sept. 18; "Boating on a River," through Aug. 14; "Luxury and Luminosity: Visual Culture and the Ming Court," through June 26. Open indefinitely: "Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings From the 1880s"; "Black and White: Chinese Ceramics From the 10th-14th Centuries"; "Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas"; "Whistler Paintings at the Freer"; "South Asian Sculpture"; "Winged Figures"; "Arts of the Islamic World"; "Art for Art's Sake"; "Charles Lang Freer and Egypt"; "Shades of Blue and Green: Chinese Celadon Ceramics"; "Ancient Chinese Pottery and Bronze." Changing exhibits from the permanent collections of Asian and American art. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

HILLWOOD -- "Eva Zeisel: The Playful Search for Beauty," through Dec. 4. The former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post houses a permanent collection of Russian and French decorative art. Reservations required. $12, seniors $10, students $7, ages 6 to 18 $5. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. For information, 202-686-8500; for reservations, 202-686-5807.

HIRSHHORN -- Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Seventh and Independence SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT MUSEUM -- "Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill Industries," through Oct. 31; "The Power of Context: National Park Service Museums at 100 Years," through Dec. 31. Permanent exhibits pertaining to American historical events and locales. Open weekdays except federal holidays 8:30 to 4:30, and from 1 to 4 on the third Saturday monthly. 18th and C NW. 202-208-4743.

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM -- "The Enemy Within: Terror in America, 1776 to Today," indefinitely (exhibit admission $5, seniors $4, ages 5 to 11 $3, younger free). Permanent displays of wristwatch cameras, poison gas guns, a World War II Enigma cipher machine and other coding machines, disguises, etc. Open daily 10 to 6. Museum admission $14, seniors $13, ages 5 to 11 $11, younger free. 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.

KOSHLAND SCIENCE MUSEUM -- "Wonders of Science"; "Global Warming Facts & Our Future"; "Putting DNA to Work." Open daily except Tuesdays 10 to 5. $5, seniors, students and military $3. Sixth and E NW. 202-334-1201.

KREEGER MUSEUM -- "On Music: Tim Rollins + K.O.S. (Kids of Survival)," through July 30. The Philip Johnson-designed former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger displays their collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture, and traditional African art. Open Saturday 10 to 4; guided tours by reservation only Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 and 1:30. $8, seniors and students $5. 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. 202-338-3552.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- "Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and 'Leaves of Grass'," through Dec. 3; "The Cultures and History of the Americas," through July 23; "A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books," through July 9; "American Treasures of the Library of Congress," rotating permanent exhibition ("American Treasures" information: 202-707-3834). Open indefinitely: "Bob Hope and American Variety"; "Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin." Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5. First and Independence SE. 202-707-4604.

MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER -- "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," through Sept. 5. $19.50, under 12 $13.50. Open Friday 10 to 5, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 11 to 5, Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 5. 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-685-5225.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES -- "Americans in Paris," through Sept. 5; "The American Presidency: Photographic Treasures of the National Archives"; "Public Vaults," indefinitely. Permanent displays of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; exhibition, "The Charters of Freedom." Open daily 10 to 7. Ninth and Constitution NW. 202-501-5000.

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM -- "Tools of the Imagination," through Oct. 10; "Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete," through Jan. 29; "Washington: Symbol and City," indefinitely. Building tours Monday-Wednesday at 12:30; Thursday-Saturday at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30; Sunday at 12:30 and 1:30. Museum open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 5. Fourth and F NW. 202-272-2448.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, EAST -- "Roy Lichtenstein: A New Gift of Drawings," through July 24; "Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre," through Sunday; "Small French Paintings," indefinitely. Permanent collection of 20th-century art. Open Friday-Saturday and Monday-Thursday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 6. Fourth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WEST -- "Gilbert Stuart," through July 31; "Jan de Bray and the Classical Tradition," through Aug. 14. Permanent collections of European and American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the 13th through the 19th centuries, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 6. Sixth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN -- Permanent and rotating exhibitions about the history and culture of Native Americans. Free timed-entry passes required. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Fourth and Independence SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN Jewish Military History -- "Reconnaissance and Recollection: Military and Civilian Photographs From World War II," indefinitely. Open Monday-Friday 9 to 5. 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL War Medicine -- "Building on the Past: Military Medicine for the 21st Century"; "Nurses of the Civil War"; "The Art of Embalming the Dead During the American Civil War." Permanent exhibits of medical equipment, photographs, camp re-creations and memorabilia related to medical care during the Civil War. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday 11 to 4. $6.50, seniors $6, children 10 to 16 $4.50, under 10 free. 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-695-1864.

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM -- "Stamps Take Flight," through March 19; "On the Road," a history of city mail vehicles; "What's in the Mail for You!"; "Moving the Mail"; "Binding the Nation"; "Customers and Communities"; "Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story"; "The Art of Cards and Letters"; "Stamps and Stories." Open daily 10 to 5:30. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-633-9849).

NATURAL HISTORY -- "The Allure of Pearls," through Sept. 5. Open indefinitely: Kenneth E. Behring Hall of Mammals; "Forces of Change: Global Links, El Nino's Powerful Reach"; "African Voices"; "T-Rex"; "Life in the Ancient Seas"; "Frozen in Time: The Iceman"; "Native Alaskan Cultures"; Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals; Orkin Insect Zoo. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 10th and Constitution NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

NAVY MUSEUM -- "Navigating the Dead Sea: U.S. Navy 1848 Expedition"; "Spanning Three Centuries: Museums on the Washington Navy Yard"; "A Vision of History"; "Securing the Seas for Union Victory"; "The American Revolution and the French Alliance"; "The Forgotten Wars of the 19th Century"; "Joshua Barney's Chesapeake Bay Flotilla"; "Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan"; "Polar Exploration"; "Spanish-American War"; "Dive, Dive: U.S. Navy Submarine Force." Open by appointment only Monday-Friday 9 to 4, Saturday-Sunday 10 to 5. Building 70, Washington Navy Yard, Ninth and M SE. 202-433-6897 or 202-433-4882.

PHILLIPS COLLECTION -- Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings. Weekend admission $8, seniors and students $5, under 18 free; donation requested on weekdays. Open Friday-Saturday and Tuesday-Wednesday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 7, Thursday 10 to 8:30 (closed Monday). 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

RENWICK -- "High Fiber," through July 10. Permanent collection of American crafts. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 17th and Pennsylvania NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY -- "Chinese Mountains of Immortality: A Focused Look," through Sept. 25; "In the Realm of Princes: The Arts of the Book in 15th-Century Iran and Central Asia," through Aug. 7; "Fountains of Light: Islamic Metalwork From the Nuhad Es-Said Collection," indefinitely; "Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation," through July 17. Open indefinitely: "Fountains of Light: Islamic Metalwork From the Nuhad Es-Said Collection"; "Luxury Arts of Silk Route Empires"; "Metalwork and Ceramics From Ancient Iran"; "Sculpture of South and Southeast Asia"; "Arts of China." Open daily 10 to 5:30. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER -- "Close Up in Black: African American Film Posters," through July 28; "Young Visions of Community," through Aug. 21. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

TEXTILE MUSEUM -- "Textiles for This World and Beyond: Treasures From Insular Southeast Asia," through Sept. 18. Rotating exhibitions of textiles and carpets from around the world. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5. Suggested contribution $5. 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL Museum -- "Remember the Children: Daniel's Story"; "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," through Oct. 10; "Witness to History: Documenting the Path of American Liberators"; "Genocide Emergency: Darfur, Sudan." Permanent exhibition of artifacts, photographs and oral histories. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Admission to permanent exhibition by timed-entry ticket available at the museum daily or in advance through (703-218-6500 or 800-400-9373; service charges added). 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. (15th Street) SW. 202-488-0400.

WALTERS -- "Byzantine Art From the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," indefinitely; "Carved for Immortality," through Nov. 6; "Art From India, Nepal and Tibet: The John and Berthe Ford Collection," indefinitely; "Art of the Ancient Americas," indefinitely. Permanent collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Byzantine silver, medieval armor, Faberge eggs, and 16th- through 19th-century paintings and sculpture. At Hackerman House: Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Japanese decorative arts, early Buddhist sculpture from China, and Southeast Asian art. Open Friday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday 10 to 5 (closed Monday-Tuesday). $10, seniors $8, students ages 18 to 25 $6, ages 6 to 17 $2, younger free. Free to all on Saturdays from 10 to 1; free to all on the first Thursday monthly all day. 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

Art Spaces

* -- Opening show

BEAD MUSEUM -- "The Eternal Bead," through June 26. Permanent displays of beads from around the world. Open Wednesday-Saturday 11 to 4, Sunday 1 to 4. 400 Seventh St. NW. 202-624-4500.

* McLEAN PROJECT FOR THE ARTS -- "Strictly Painting 5," from Thursday through July 30. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-1953.

MONTPELIER CULTURAL ARTS Center -- "24th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition," and mixed-media paintings by Mike Shaffer, through Aug. 19. 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. 301-953-1993 (TDD: 301-490-2329).

STRATHMORE ARTS CENTER -- 25th Biennial Exhibition of the Creative Crafts Council, through July 9. 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5200.

U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM -- "Conservation Portraits: Botanical Illustrations of Japan's Endangered Species," through June 30. 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-2726.


* -- Opening show

The District

* ADDISON/RIPLEY -- Paintings, drawings and prints by Ana Mercedes Hoyos, from Saturday through July 16. 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-5180.

ALEX -- "80 Years of New Yorker Covers," through June 30. 2106 R St. NW. 202-667-2599.

CONNER -- New paintings by Kehinde Wiley, through Saturday. 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-588-8750.

FUSEBOX -- Works by Patrick Wilson and Siemon Allen, through July 9. 1412 14th St. NW. 202-299-9220.

* G FINE ART -- Works by Jose Ruiz, from Saturday through July 16. 1515 14th St. NW. 202-461-1601.

GALLERY 10 -- Paintings by Emily Light Rose, from Wednesday through July 9. 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-232-3326.

GOVINDA -- "Paintings From Bali, Guam and Palau, 1999-2005" by Mark Dell'Isola, through June 25. 1227 34th St. NW. 202-333-1180.

JET ARTWORKS -- Paintings by Jorin Bossen, through June 25. 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-4407.

* IRVINE -- Works by John Copeland and Nicola Lopez, through July 16. 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-332-8767.

MARSHA MATEYKA -- New sculpture and drawings by Stephen Talasnik, through June 25. 2012 R St. NW. 202-328-0088.

STUDIO -- New works by Eleanor Kotlarik Wang, through June 19. 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-8734.

ZENITH -- Recent oil paintings by Bradley Stevens, through June 19. 413 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-2963.


CREATIVE PARTNERS -- Textiles by Leela Cherian, through July 2. 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-951-9441.

FRASER/BETHESDA -- "Bethesda Painting Awards," through July 6. 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-718-9651.

* McBRIDE -- "25th Anniversary Exhibition," from Sunday through June 30. 215 Main St., Annapolis. 410-267-7077.


ARTBEAT -- "Black and White," works by 20 artists, through June 26. 9407 Main St., Manassas. 703-365-8558.

DEGA GALLERY -- Paintings by Petra Gerber, through July 9. 8100 Old Dominion Dr., McLean. 703-760-7616.