Museums

Openings

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY -- "Floating Mountains, Singing Clouds," installation by Mei-ling Hom, from Saturday through March 5. Continuing: "Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade," through Sept. 11; "Chinese Mountains of Immortality: A Focused Look," through Sept. 25. 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).

Exhibitions

AFRICAN ART -- "Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art," through Sept. 25; "The Art of the Personal Object," indefinitely. Open daily 9 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 reconnaissance 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 HISTORY -- "Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz," through Oct. 30; "Whatever Happened to Polio?"; "Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian"; "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"; "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).

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART Museum -- "Holy H2O: Fluid Universe," indefinitely. Changing exhibitions of works by self-taught artists. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 to 6. $11, seniors, students and children $7. 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. 410-244-1900.

ANACOSTIA MUSEUM -- "Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals," through Sept. 10. Open daily 10 to 5. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART -- "The Essence of Line: French Drawings From Ingres to Degas," through Sept. 11; "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.

COLLEGE PARK AVIATION MUSEUM -- Permanent exhibits and memorabilia related to the history of aviation at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Open daily 10 to 5. $4, seniors $3, children $2. 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029.

CORCORAN -- "Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation," through Monday. 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-Sunday and Wednesday 10 to 5, Thursday 10 to 9 (closed Monday-Tuesday). $8, seniors $6, students ages 13 to 18 $4, younger free. 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.

DEA MUSEUM -- "Air, Land and Sea," through 2005; "Illegal Drugs in America," indefinitely. Exhibits, videos and interactive displays tracing the history of drug abuse, illegal drugs and federal drug law enforcement in America. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 to 4. 700 Army Navy Dr., Arlington. 202-307-3463.

DUMBARTON HOUSE -- The circa-1800 headquarters of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America houses a permanent collection of 18th- and 19th-century English and American furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and paintings. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 2; guided tours Tuesday-Saturday at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 and 1:15. $5, students free. 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.

FAIRFAX MUSEUM -- Permanent collection of American Indian, Colonial, Civil War and other objects. Open daily 9 to 5. 10209 Main St., Fairfax. 703-385-8414.

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

FORT WARD -- Permanent exhibit about the Civil War defense of Washington. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-838-4848.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOME -- Visitors center offers orientation at the last residence of the 19th-century abolitionist. Open daily 9 to 4. 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961.

FREER GALLERY -- "Pretty Women: Freer and the Ideal of Feminine Beauty," through Sept. 17, 2006; "Vietnamese Ceramics From the Red River Delta," indefinitely; "Games, Contests and Artful Play in Japan" and "Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei," through Sept. 18. 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 in the dacha. The former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post displays her collection of Russian and French decorative art. Reservations required. $12, seniors $10, students $7, ages 6 to 18 $5; younger than 6 not admitted to mansion. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.

HIRSHHORN -- "Directions: Jim Hodges," through spring; "Directions: Janet Cardiff," through Oct. 30; "Visual Music," through Sept. 11. 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," through Sept. 5 (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 8. 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.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- "Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and 'Leaves of Grass'," through Dec. 3; "The Cultures and History of the Americas," through Sept. 24; "American Treasures of the Library of Congress," rotating permanent exhibition ("American Treasures" information: 202-707-3834). Open indefinitely: "Bob Hope and American Variety." 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.

MOUNT VERNON -- The home and burial place of George Washington is open daily 8 to 5. $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6 through 11 $5, under 6 free. At the south end of the George Washington Parkway, eight miles south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES -- "Americans in Paris," through Oct. 10; "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 -- "Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community," through Jan. 8; "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 FIREARMS MUSEUM -- Permanent exhibits tracing the evolution of firearms and their role in the history of the United States. Open daily 10 to 4. National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax. 703-267-1600.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, EAST -- "Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art," through Feb. 20; "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 -- "Asher B. Durand's 'Kindred Spirits'," through February 2007; "Irving Penn: Platinum Prints," through Oct. 2. 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 HEALTH & Medicine -- Open indefinitely: "From a Single Cell"; "Human Body, Human Being"; "Evolution of the Microscope"; "To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds." Open daily 10 to 5:30. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Building 54, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-782-2200.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN in the Arts -- "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues" and "Women in Blues and Jazz," through Sept. 25; "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.

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).

NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER -- Permanent and rotating exhibits of ship models, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 to 5. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300.

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 -- "East Meets West: Hiroshige at the Phillips Collection," through Sept. 4. $8, seniors and students $6, under 18 free. Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings. Open Friday-Saturday and Tuesday-Wednesday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5, Thursday 10 to 8:30 (closed Monday). 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

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

TEXTILE MUSEUM -- "Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles," through Jan. 15; "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.

TUDOR PLACE -- Permanent display of Mount Vernon objects, furniture and silver. The 1816 mansion and five-acre garden is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday noon to 4. House tour $6; garden tour $2. 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400.

U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN -- Permanent exhibitions of more than 4,000 plants and a tropical rain forest. Open daily 10 to 5. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

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 Tickets.com (703-218-6500; service charges added). 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. (15th Street) SW. 202-488-0400.

WALTERS -- "The Essence of Line: French Drawings From Ingres to Degas," through Sept. 11; "Pearls of the Parrot of India," through Sept. 11; "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 ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER -- "2005 MFA Exhibition" and "Art From Arlington," through Saturday. 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-6800.

BEAD MUSEUM -- "The Eternal Bead," through April 23. 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.

EMBASSY OF CANADA -- "A Contemporary Look at the Canadian Landscape," through Sept. 16. 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-682-1740.

GLENVIEW MANSION -- "Maryland Printmakers," through Tuesday. 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8682.

POPE JOHN PAUL II CENTER -- "Holy Cards: Picturing Prayers," through Sept. 18. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. 202-635-5400.

ROCKVILLE ARTS PLACE -- "Mark Lovett: Selected Works," through Sept. 5. 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-869-8623.

STRATHMORE MANSION -- "Printmakers' Network of Southern New England," and watercolors and etchings by Lindsay Harper Makepeace, through Saturday; Washington Water Color Association Juried Exhibition, through Saturday. 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5200.

WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER -- "White House Horses," through Sept. 26; "Furnishing the Nation's Home: Treasures From the President's House," indefinitely. 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-208-1631.

WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE for America Memorial -- "Faces of the Fallen: America's Artists Honor America's Heroes," through Nov. 11; "Native American Women in the U.S. Armed Forces," indefinitely. Permanent exhibitions of World War II and Korean War artifacts and memorabilia. Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Bridge and Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. 800-222-2294.

Galleries

* -- Opening show

The District

KATHLEEN EWING -- "Birdhouses," through Sept. 2. 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-328-0955.

FOXHALL -- "Summer Showcase: New Works," through Saturday. 3301 New Mexico Ave. NW. 202-966-7144.

FRASER/GEORGETOWN -- Sculpture and photography by Mark Jenkins, through Sept. 14. 1054 31st St. NW. 202-298-6450.

IRVINE -- "Introductions," works by recent art school graduates, through Sept. 3. 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-332-8767.

* SPECTRUM -- Paintings by Anna Otchin and Charlotte Pearlman, from Tuesday through Sept. 25. 1132 29th St. NW. 202-333-0954.

ZENITH -- "Form and Color," works by Christine Hayman, Janet Jensen and Lester Van Winkle, through Sept. 4. 413 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-2963.

Maryland

ARTFX -- Glass works by Emily Mills, through Wednesday. 45 West St., Annapolis. 410-990-4540.

ARTISTS' GALLERY -- Collages by Deborah Winram, paintings by Nancy McLaughlin, through Sunday. 4 E. Church St., Frederick. 301-696-8187.

GLASS -- Glass sculpture by Linda Ethier, through Wednesday. 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-237-1119.

OZMOSIS -- Works by P.R. Kicklighter, through Wednesday. 7908 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-664-9662.

Virginia

DEL RAY ARTISANS -- "Splash!," works by Jen Chappell, Karen Schmitz and Susan Slattery, through Sunday. 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-765-1510.

LOFT -- Watercolors and pastels by Karin Sebolka, through Sunday. 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117.