Museums

Openings

AMERICAN HISTORY -- "Ray Charles: American Legend," indefinitely. Continuing: "Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz," through Dec. 31; "Whatever Happened to Polio?"; "Case -- La Causa: The Delano Grape Strike of 1965-1970," through Jan. 3; "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).

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART -- "Cram Sessions: 04 Counter-Campus," from Wednesday through Nov. 27. Continuing: "Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames, 1859-1914," through Dec. 31; "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). $10, seniors $8, college students $6, under age 19 free. Free to all on the first Thursday monthly. North Charles Street and Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. 410-396-7100.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN in the Arts -- "Alice Neel's Women," "The Water Remembers: Paintings and Works on Paper by May Stevens" and "Carla Maria Maggi," from Friday through Jan. 15. Continuing: "Monica Castillo: The Painter and the Body," through Jan. 22; "M.L. Van Nice: The Library at Wadi ben Dagh," through Nov. 6; "The Mystique of Sandalwood," through Dec. 4. 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.

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY -- "Style and Status: Imperial Costumes From Ottoman Turkey," from Saturday through Jan. 22. Continuing: "Gold: The Asian Touch," through Feb. 19; "Floating Mountains, Singing Clouds," installation by Mei-ling Hom, through March 5. 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 -- "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 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 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 VISIONARY ART Museum -- "Race, Class, Gender Does Not Equal Character," through Sept. 3. 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.

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.

CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM -- "Crowd of the Person," through Jan. 14. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 to 5. 100 W. Centre St., Baltimore. 410-783-5720.

CORCORAN -- "Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective," through Jan. 22; "Warhol Legacy: Selections From the Andy Warhol Museum," through Feb. 20. 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.

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 -- "Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580-1680," through Dec. 31. 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.

FREER GALLERY -- "Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts," through March 26; "Pretty Women: Freer and the Ideal of Feminine Beauty," through Sept. 17. Open indefinitely: "Vietnamese Ceramics From the Red River Delta," "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 Sunday. 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 Monday; "Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day," through Feb. 28; "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 -- "Spy Treasures of Hollywood: Highlights From the Danny Biederman Spy-Fi Collection," through spring. Ongoing: 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.

KREEGER MUSEUM -- 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 -- "Bound for Glory: Photographs of America," through Nov. 26; "Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and 'Leaves of Grass,' " through Dec. 3; "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.

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 -- "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 July 4; "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 -- "Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination From the J. Paul Getty Museum," through Jan. 2; "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 -- "Origins of European Printmaking: 15th-Century Woodcuts and Their Public," through Nov. 27; "Monumental Sculpture From Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco and Verrocchio at Orsanmichele" and "Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life," through Dec. 31; "The Prints of Felix Buhot: Impressions of City and Sea" through Feb. 20; "Audubon's Dream Realized: Selections From 'The Birds of America,'" through March 26; "Asher B. Durand's 'Kindred Spirits,' " through February 2007. 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 GEOGRAPHIC -- "Africa MegaFlyover," through Sunday; "Napoleon: An Intimate Portrait," through Jan. 2. Open Monday-Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 10 to 5. 17th and M NW. 202-857-7588.

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

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM -- "John Lennon: The Lost Album," through April 10; "Stamps Take Flight," through March 19. Open indefinitely: "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 -- 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 -- "Sean Scully: Wall of Light," through Jan. 8. Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings. Admission price varies with exhibition. 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 -- "Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design," through Jan. 22. Permanent collection of American crafts. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 17th and Pennsylvania NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER -- "Retratos: 2000 Years of Latin American Portraits," through Jan. 8; "Shifting Gears: A National Juried Exhibit for Young Artists With Disabilities, Ages 16-25," through Nov. 6. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

TEXTILE MUSEUM -- "Rozome Masters of Japan," through Feb. 12; "Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles," through Jan. 15; "Silk and Leather: Splendid Attire of 19th-Century Central Asia," through Feb. 26. 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 May 29. Open indefinitely: "Witness to History: Documenting the Path of American Liberators"; "Genocide Emergency: Darfur, Sudan"; "Antisemitism: Protocols of the Elders of Zion"; "Abandoned at Srebenica: Ten Years Later." 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 or 800-400-9373; service charges added). 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. (15th Street) SW. 202-488-0400.

WALTERS -- "Palace of Wonders: The New Galleries of Renaissance and Baroque Art," indefinitely; "Dressed in Gold: Books of the Italian Renaissance," through Jan. 8; "Carved for Immortality," through Nov. 6; "Byzantine Art From the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," "Art From India, Nepal and Tibet: The John and Berthe Ford Collection" and "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.

WOODROW WILSON HOUSE -- "No Temperance in It: Woodrow Wilson, the Prohibition Amendment and Brewing in Washington," through Feb. 20. President Wilson's home exhibits memorabilia of his administration and his era. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 to 4. $5, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for students and children, under 7 free. 2340 S St. NW. 202-387-4062.

Art Spaces

* -- Opening show

AIA -- "Architecture in Perspective 20," through Jan. 20. American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave. NW. 202-626-7300.

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.

BLACK ROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- Paintings by Jodi, through Nov. 30. 19901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD -- "The Art of Hungary, 1915 Revisted," through Dec. 2. Open weekdays; advance reservations required. 20th and C NW. 202-452-3778.

GEORGE MASON U. -- "Proof," juried photograph exhibition, through Nov. 13 in the Fine Arts Gallery and Johnson Center Gallery. 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888.

IDB CULTURAL CENTER -- "At the Gates of Paradise: Art of the Guarani of Paraguay," through Jan. 20. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558.

* NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES -- "Cycloids: Paintings by Michael Schultheis," from Tuesday through Feb. 1. 2100 C St. NW. 202-334-2436.

POPE JOHN PAUL II CENTER -- "Papi in Posa: 500 Years of Papal Portraiture," through March 30; "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People," through Jan. 15. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. 202-635-5400.

* ROCKVILLE ARTS PLACE -- "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," through Nov. 26. 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-869-8623.

ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE -- "Ben-Zion: In the Grip of the Five Senses," from Sunday through Dec. 15. Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. 410-626-2556.

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

* ADAMSON -- Works by William Newman, from Saturday through Dec. 3. 1515 14th St. NW, second floor. 202-232-0707.

* BIRD-IN-HAND -- Prints by Janet Brashear, glass objects by Nina Falk, through November. 323 Seventh St. SE. 202-543-0744.

* CURATOR'S OFFICE -- "Me, Myself and I: Self-Portraits From the Heather & Tony Podesta Collection," from Saturday through Dec. 17. 1515 14th St. NW. 202-387-1008.

* FRASER/GEORGETOWN -- New paintings by Andrew Wodzianski, through Nov. 16. 1054 31st St. NW. 202-298-6450.

* IRVINE -- New works by Christine Kesler, through Nov. 26. 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-332-8767.

* RALLS COLLECTION -- Works on paper by Robert Rauschenberg, photographs by Sidney Felsen, through Jan. 28. 1516 31st St. NW. 202-342-1754.

* SPECTRUM -- New works by Freda Lee-McCann, through Nov. 20. 1132 29th St. NW. 202-333-0954.

* WATERGATE -- Paintings by David Rothermel, through Nov. 23. 2552 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-4488.

Maryland

* BANNNG + LOW -- Illustrations by Fred Harper, through Nov. 13. 4229 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-581-0070.

* CREATIVE PARTNERS -- Sculptures by John Jason Sonnier, through Nov. 5. 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-951-9441.

* FRASER/BETHESDA -- New paintings by John Winslow, through Nov. 9. 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-718-9651.

* MARIN-PRICE -- Paintings by Elio Lazzari, through Nov. 11. Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622.

* McBRIDE -- "Autumn Celebration," works by 30 artists, through Nov. 13. 215 Main St., Annapolis. 410-267-7077.

* OSUNA -- Recent paintings by Carol Brown Goldberg, through Dec. 14. 7200 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-654-4500.

Virginia

* BYRNE -- Paintings by Yuri Gorbachev, from Tuesday through Nov. 27. 7 West Washington St., Middleburg. 540-687-6986.

* LOFT -- Paintings by Suzanne Jepson, from Tuesday through Dec. 4. 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117.