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Museums

- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 27, 2007

MUSEUMS

OPENINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E. Capitol St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

• "History in the Making: How Early Modern England Imagined Its Past." Exploring how the Tudor rulers of Renaissance England reinvented the past to explain their right to the English throne. Folger Great Hall. Jan. 24-May 17.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed January and national holidays. Donation $5-$12. 202/686-8500; advance reservations 202/686-5807, www.hillwoodmuseum.org

• Family Fun Sunday: The Boyar Ball Costume Workshop. Children and families get up close to a costume worn by the boyars, nobles of early Russia, and make their own Russian-style hats and tunic/dress. 1-5 p.m. Dec. 30. Admission included in estate donation.

Katzen Arts Center

American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission free. 202/885-1300.

• Carlos Luna: "El Gran Mambo." Work by the Cuban-American artist who draws on heritage and fable to create convoluted and intricately fantastical paintings, drawings and sculpture. Opens Jan. 29.

• Ben L. Summerford. Still lifes, landscapes and interiors by the American University professor emeritus, who with other AU artists founded the influential Jefferson Place Gallery, a showplace for the Washington Color School. Opens Jan. 29.

Mount Vernon

George and Martha Washington's home and burial place. South end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through February. $6-$13; free to children younger than 6. 703/780-2000.

• The Holidays at Mount Vernon. Open: the third floor, with the refurbished Martha Washington garret chamber. On display in the dining room: a re-creation of the Washingtons' famed "Great Cake," with free copies of the recipe available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6. Complimentary cookies and hot cider (while supplies last) through Jan. 6. Admission included in regular estate admission.

National Gallery of Art

Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day. Metro: Judiciary Square or Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov

• "Bronze and Boxwood: Masterpieces from the Robert H. Smith Collection." Forty-six bronzes and eight statuettes carved out of either boxwood or ivory, all from one of the most important private collections of Renaissance bronze sculpture. West Building Main Floor. Jan. 27-May 4.

• Rotunda holiday decorations: Red and white poinsettias, amaryllis plants and 12 Christmas trees with white lights in the West Building Rotunda and Garden Courts.

• Sunday holiday concert: West Building, West Garden Court, or East Building. 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 30. Free. Admission first-come, first-served beginning at 6 p.m. See listing under Classical Music. For a full concert listing, see www.nga.gov/programs/music.shtm or call 202/842-6941.

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/633-1000, www.nmai.si.edu

• Fourth Annual Holiday Celebration. Native art and fashion demonstrations, music and storytelling throughout the museum. Dec. 27-29. Free.

CONTINUING

Alexandria Black History Museum

902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 703/838-4356.

• Allen "Big Al" Carter: "God Has Made a Way in Leesburg." Through Jan. 20.

Anacostia Museum and Center for African-American History and Culture

1901 Fort Place SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Dec. 25. 202/287-3306.

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, off the 3100 block of North Charles Street, Baltimore. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday. Admission free, except for ticketed exhibits. 410/396-7100.

• "Matisse: Painter as Sculptor." Through Feb. 3. $6-$15 weekdays; $15 weekends, with timed entry.

• "Rodin: Expression & Influence." Through April 6.

The Bead Museum

400 Seventh St. NW. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 202/624-4500.

• "Bead Timeline of History." Permanent exhibition.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run

6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, April through mid-December. $2-$3. 703/442-7557, www.1771.org

• Closed until April 2.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Tuesday. $10-$14. Metro: Farragut West. 202/639-1700, www.corcoran.org/

• "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life." Through Jan. 13.

• "Ansel Adams." Through Jan. 27.

• "The European Landscape." Through Feb. 10.

• "Wild Choir: Cinematic Portraits by Jeremy Blake." Through March 2.

• "Treasures of European Decorative Art and Sculpture." Through 2008.

Decatur House

748 Jackson Place NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Admission is donation only. 202/842-0920.

• "Gifts from the World to the White House: Caroline Kennedy's Doll Collection (1961-1963)." Through Jan. 14.

• Tours of the 1819 house, which once belonged to naval war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur.

Department of the Interior Museum

1849 C St. NW. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday except holidays, 1-4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. 202/208-4743.

• American Indian Sculpture Garden. On permanent display.

Frederick Douglass Historic Site

1411 W St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except holidays. 202/426-5961.

• Reservations are recommended to tour the home. Tours at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. $1.50 reservation charge. 877/444-6777.

Drug Enforcement Administration Museum

700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 202/307-3463.

• "Illegal Drugs in America: A Modern History." On permanent display.

Dumbarton House

2715 Q St. NW. Headquarters of the Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Guided tours 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday except holidays. 202/337-2288.

• American furniture and decorative and fine arts of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E. Capitol St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

• "Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond." Folger Great Hall. Through Jan. 5.

• The Shakespeare Gallery. Folger Great Hall. More than 230 of the Folger's collection pertaining to Shakespeare and his time, accompanied by a multimedia computer installation and a video. Ongoing.

Freer Gallery of Art

Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas. Metro: Smithsonian. 202/357-2700.

• Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. Through Jan. 8.

• Tales of the Brush: Literary Masterpieces in Chinese Painting. Through Jan. 13.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703/838-4242.

• Tour the historic tavern. Tours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday through March. Last tour 3:45 p.m. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. $2, $4. Children younger than 11 enter for free with a paying adult.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed January and national holidays. $5-$12. 202/686-8500; advance reservations 202/686-5807, www.hillwoodmuseum.org

• "Quest for the Fabulous: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007":Through Dec. 30.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Metro: L'Enfant Plaza. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. Free walk-in tours noon Monday-Friday, noon-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 202/633-1000.

• "Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited." Through Jan. 6.

• "Currents: Recent Acquisitions." Through March 16.

• Black Box: Rivane Neuenschwander. Films and other works by the Brazilian artist. Through April 20.

International Spy Museum

800 F St. NW. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 30; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 31; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Jan. 2-March 14. $13-$16 through Jan. 1; $15-$18 beginning Jan. 2. Combined admission to the permanent exhibition and "Operation Spy" $25. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. 202/393-7798, www.spymuseum.org

• Permanent exhibition. More than 600 international espionage artifacts along with special effects and interactive displays.

• "Operation Spy." A one-hour immersion into the life of a spy, through live action, special effects and hands-on activities like video surveillance, decryption, safe cracking and polygraphing a suspect agent. Ages 12 and up. Timed entry, by reservation. $14.

Katzen Arts Center

American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission free. 202/885-1300, www.american.edu/academic.depts/cas/katzen

• "Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib." The Colombian artist's response to treatment of detainees in the Iraqi prison. Through Dec. 30.

• "Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators." Nineteen founders of the feminist art movement in America in the 1970s. Through Jan. 27.

• "Dark Metropolis: Irving Norman's Social Realism." Visions of urban hell. Through Jan. 27.

Koshland Science Museum

Sixth and E streets NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. Closed Tuesday and holidays. Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Judiciary Square. 202/334-1201. $3-$5.

• "Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health." Ongoing.

• "Global Warming Facts and Our Future." Ongoing.

• "Wonders of Science." Ongoing.

Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Road NW. Guided tours 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Open to public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday except holidays. $5 suggested donation. Reservations required. 202/338-3552.

• Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures.

Library of Congress

First Street and Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604. Madison Gallery, Madison Foyer and Current Events Corridor, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Thomas Jefferson Building exhibition area, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Other exhibition areas, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday and holidays. Metro: Capitol South.

• Public tours. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Group tours available on request.

• "West Side Story: Birth of a Classic." Celebrating the show's golden anniversary. Foyer, Performing Arts Reading Room, LM 113, James Madison Building. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through March 29.

• "Exploring the Early Americas." The first exhibit in a series that merges interactive technology with the library's collections. Rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps, paintings, prints and artifacts dating from 1500 B.C. to the early decades of the United States, drawn from the collection of Florida collector Jay I. Kislak. Includes the 1507 Waldseemuller World Map, the first map to use the name "America." Audio-visual presentation and seven high-tech interactive displays. Northwest Gallery and Pavilion, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. Ongoing.

Lyceum

201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. 703/838-4994.

• "Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present." On permanent display.

Maryland Science Center

Light Street and Key Highway at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Imax theater and exhibits, $9.50-$19.50. 410/685-5225, www.mdsci.org

• Imax: "Dinosaurs Alive," "Hurricane on the Bayou," "Whales," "The Alps." Call for showtimes.

• Planetarium shows: "The Sky Live" "Live From the Sun," "Meet the Moon" and "The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Call for times.

Montpelier

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Va. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except holidays. 540/672-2728.

• "Discovering Madison." Video, audio tour and more about James Madison's life. Continues indefinitely.

Mount Vernon

George and Martha Washington's home and burial place at the south end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily November-February. $6-$13; free to children younger than 6. 703/780-2000.

• George Washington's Gristmill and Distillery. Admission to the site is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and younger. When combined with admission to Mount Vernon, tickets are $2 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6-11, free to children younger than 6.

National Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: L'Enfant Plaza. 202/633-1000. Imax theater schedule: 877/932-4629.

• "America by Air." New permanent gallery tells the story of passenger air travel in the United States. On view: seven complete airplanes from the early years of aviation and sections from a Boeing 747, an Airbus A320 and a 1930s Ford Tri-Motor. Webcam at www.nasm.si.edu/americabyair/behindscenes/webcam.cfm

• "Treasures of American History." A collection of more than 150 objects from the National Museum of American History. Through summer 2008.

• Lockheed Martin Imax shows: "Adrenaline Rush," "Space Station 3D," "To Fly," "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag" $6.50-$8.50.

• Einstein Planetarium shows: "Cosmic Collisions," "Infinity Express," $6.50-$8.50; call for showtimes. "The Stars Tonight — Open Your Eyes to the Skies" 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Free.

National Archives

Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except holidays. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/357-5000, www.archives.gov/dc-metro/events

• "School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents." Through Jan. 1.

• "Public Vaults." Ongoing exhibit.

National Building Museum

401 F St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Metro: Judiciary Square. 202/272-2448, www.nbm.org

• "Lasting Foundations: The Art of Architecture in Africa." Through Jan. 13.

• "David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture." Through Jan. 21.

• "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture." Through Feb. 17.

• "Cityscapes Revealed: Highlights from the Collection." Runs indefinitely. Closed through Dec. 21 for updating.

• "Washington: Symbol and City." Runs indefinitely.

National Firearms Museum

11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax. 703/267-1600. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

• The largest firearms collection in the country includes rare weapons and firearms of famous people.

National Gallery of Art

Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day. Metro: Judiciary Square or Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov

• "Crosscurrents: American and European Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection." Through Dec. 31.

• "The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson." Some 200 works trace the evolution of snapshot photography from Eastman's Kodak in 1888 through the 1970s. Through Dec. 31.

• "Homer, Eakins and Bellows: American Paintings, 1870-1925." Through Dec. 31.

• "J.M.W. Turner." Through Jan. 6.

• "Edward Hopper." Through Jan. 21.

• "British Picturesque Landscapes." Through Feb. 24.

• "Let the World In: Prints by Robert Rauschenberg from the National Gallery of Art and Related Collections." Through March 30.

• "The Baroque Woodcut." Through March 30.

• National Gallery Sculpture Garden. Garden of canopy trees, flowering trees, shrubs, ground cover and perennials contains the works of Alexander Archipenko, Joan Miro, Isamu Noguchi and more. Open all year.

• Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Through March. Two-hour session beginning on the hour $6, $7. Skate rental $3, locker 50 cents. Season ticket $195. Information and reservations 202/289-3360, www.pavilioncafe.com or http://www.nga.gov/ginfo/skating.shtm

National Geographic Society

The Museum at Explorers Hall. 17th and M streets NW. Metro: Farragut North. Explorers Hall open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 202/857-7588, www.nationalgeographic.com

• "Crittercam." Through Jan. 2.

• "Albatross: Photographs by Frans Lanting." An exhibit of 34 images of the graceful birds. Through Feb. 10.

• "Extreme Dinosaur: Africa's Long-Necked Fern Mower." Original fossil bones, a 30-foot reconstructed skeleton, a flesh model of the head and neck and a cast of the brain of Nigersaurus, a recently discovered pterosaur with a 15-foot wingspan. Through March 18.

National Guard Memorial Museum

1 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 202/789-0031.

• The nation's only museum devoted to the National Guard.

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 202/633-4600, africa.si.edu

• "Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World." Through Jan. 27.

"African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection." Through Sept. 7, 2008.

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 202/633-1000, americanhistory.si.edu

• "Treasures of American History." A collection of more than 150 objects from the National Museum of American History will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum through summer 2008.

• Closed for renovations. Scheduled to reopen by summer 2008.

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/633-1000, www.nmai.si.edu

• "Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dress." Through Aug. 3, 2008.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $4.50-$6.50. 301/695-1864, www.civilwarmed.org

• Exhibits focusing on all aspects of Civil War medicine: the story of care, healing and devotion during the conflict.

• "The Art of Embalming the Dead During the American Civil War." Permanent exhibit.

National Museum of Health and Medicine

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. Admission, parking free. 202/782-2200, nmhm.washingtondc.museum

• "Expression of Hope." Thirty-two works by patients living with lysosomal storage disorders. Through March 2.

• "Estrogen Tales: The Untold Story of Nine Molecules ... and How They Bonded." Silk-screens and other works by Mara Haseltine. Through March.

• "Human Body, Human Being." Medical artifacts and anatomy displays on the body and illness. Runs indefinitely.

• "To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds." Civil War medicine as told through artifacts, photographs, illustrations, tools, specimens and first-person accounts. On permanent display.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Va. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except Christmas. 800/397-7585, www.usmcmuseum.org

• "In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight." Selection of photographs from the traveling exhibition by National Air and Space Museum photographer Carolyn Russo. Through Jan. 2.

• "Mindscapes: The Aerial Photography of Adreil Heisey." Through Jan. 2.

National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: Federal Triangle. 202/633-1000, www.nmnh.si.edu

• "Mexican Cycles: Festival Images by George O. Jackson de Llano." Through Feb. 15.

• "Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards." Through April 27, 2008.

• "Discovering Rastafari!" Through Nov. 8, 2008.

• The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals. Permanent display.

• Johnson Imax Theater: "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure." Also showing: "Sharks 3D," "Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari," "Night at the Museum." $6.50-$8.50.

• Jazz Cafe. 6-10 p.m. Friday. $10 cover; children under 12 free.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5. 202/783-5000, www.nmwa.org

• "A Living Tradition: Pueblo Pottery from the Permanent Collection." Through Feb. 17.

• "The Book as Art." Through April 13.

National Portrait Gallery

Donald W. Reynolds Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 202/633-8300, www.npg.si.edu

• "Portraiture Now: Framing Memory." Through Jan. 6.

• "Pop Art Portraits." Through Jan. 20.

• "Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848." Through Feb. 10.

• "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits." Through March 2.

• "One Life: Katharine Hepburn." Through Oct. 5, 2008.

National Postal Museum

2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Daily except Christmas. Metro: Union Station. 202/633-1000.

• "Moving the Mail." On permanent display.

Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/737-2300.

•"Sea-Air-Land: The Navy's Special Operations Sailors." Through April.

Navy Museum

Building 76, Washington Navy Yard, Ninth and M streets SE. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Metro: Navy Yard. 202/433-4882.

• "In Harm's Way: The U.S. Navy in World War II." Runs indefinitely.

• "Korea 1950-1953: The Navy in the Forgotten War." Runs indefinitely.

The Octagon

Headquarters gallery of the American Institute of Architects. 1799 New York Ave. NW. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday except holidays. Admission free. 202/638-3221, www.archfoundation.org/octagon

• "Stone to Steel: Spanish Architecture from the Romans to Calatrava — Photographs by Maxwell MacKenzie." Images of Spain"s architectural heritage. Through Jan. 4.

William Paca House and Garden

186 Prince George St., Annapolis. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Admission: $5 house, $2 garden. 410/263-5553.

Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and holidays. Admission for permanent collection is free on weekdays. Admission is charged on weekends. Exhibits are $10-$12. Free for Phillips Collection members and visitors under 18. 202/387-2151, www.phillipscollection.org

• Contemporary Photographs from the Lichtenberg Collection. Through Jan. 6. $8-$10.

• "Impressionists by the Sea." Through Jan. 13. $14; Saturday and Sunday $8-$10. 202/397-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

• Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings.

Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

3900 Harewood Road NE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free. Donation requested. 202/635-5400.

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. 202/633-1000, americanart.si.edu/renwick

• "Going West! Quilts and Community." Fifty rare quilts from the first quarter of the 19th century to the 1930s illuminate the role of the keepsakes in the lives of frontier women. Through Jan. 21.

• Permanent collection of American crafts.

• "George Catlin's Indian Gallery." Permanent exhibit.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Ave. SW. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/357-2700, www.asia.si.edu

• "Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: Golden Graves of Ancient Vani." Through Feb. 24.

• "Patterned Feathers, Piercing Eyes: Edo Masters From the Price Collection." Selection of 109 Japanese Edo Period (1615"1868) paintings from the collection of Joe and Etsuko Price. Through April 13.

• "Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia." Through 2010.

Sewall-Belmont House

144 Constitution Ave. NE. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed holidays. 202/546-3989.

• A collection of women's suffrage memorabilia in an Early American home.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eighth and F streets NW. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. 202/633-7970, americanart.si.edu

• "Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape." Through Jan. 6.

• "Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark." Through January.

• "Over the Top: American Posters from World War I." Through Feb. 3.

• "John Alexander: A Retrospective." The first full-scale examination of the contemporary artist's three-decade career, featuring 41 paintings and 27 works on paper. Through March 16.

Smithsonian Institution

The Castle, Constitution Avenue and 10th Street NW. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/633-1000, www.si.edu/visit/infocenter/sicastle.htm

• "Cases: The Lost World of James Smithson." Through Feb. 3.

• "Cases: Legendary Coins & Currency." Through Feb. 4.

• "The Smithsonian Institution: America's Treasure Chest." Permanent exhibit.

The Textile Museum

2320 S St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Donation $5. 202/667-0441.

• "Textiles of Klimt's Vienna." Through Jan. 6.

• "Private Pleasures: Collecting Contemporary Textile Art." Through Feb. 17.

• "Ahead of His Time: The Collecting Vision of George Hewitt Myers." Through Feb. 17.

Tudor Place

1644 31st St. NW. 202/965-0400.

• Tours of this historic house, which belonged to Martha Washington's granddaughter, at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday tour times are noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m. Reservations suggested for individuals, required for groups. Admission is $3-$6.

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

1025 F St. NW. Extended holiday hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Jan. 30. Holiday ticket price $15 through Jan. 30. 888/929-4632.

• "The Spirit of Washington, D.C." The federal city's history from the Founding Fathers to the modern day.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/633-1000, www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy

• James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. Dedicated display of space artifacts, including the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Permanent exhibition.

• Imax theater: "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag," "Hurricane on the Bayou," and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" daily. $6.50-$8.50.

USDA Forest Service Information Center

14th Street and Independence Avenue NW. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 703/205-1680.

• Rustic lodge hosts videos and hands-on displays. On permanent display.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW). 202/488-0400. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Yom Kippur and Christmas. Metro: Smithsonian. Certain attractions, such as "Daniel's Story: Remember the Children," do not require special passes. Entrance to the museum's permanent exhibition is by timed entry passes, available at the museum (free) or through ProTix ($4.50 service charge), 800/400-9373.

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, to 8 p.m. Fridays. Free. 410/547-9000.

• "Deja Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces." Through Jan. 1.

• "Recurrence." The repetition of imagery across cultural boundaries, as seen in the permanent collection of Egyptian, ancient Greek, and Asian art. Through Jan. 20.

• "The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art."Through Feb. 17.

Woman's National Democratic Club

At the Historic Whittemore House. 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday. 202/232-7363.

• Antique furnishings and presidential memorabilia, including rotating art exhibits. Call for tours.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Memorial Drive, Arlington. Metro: Arlington Cemetery. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 703/892-2606.

• "In Defense of a Nation." Film runs every 10 minutes.

• Permanent exhibits featuring artifacts and memorabilia of women's military service from the American Revolution to the present. Runs indefinitely.