- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008

OPENINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Alexandria Black History Museum

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

• “Imaging Blackness, 1915-2002: Film Posters from the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive.” Dozens of movie posters from a variety of black films, including Westerns, musicals and dramas. A Black History Month program. Feb. 7-March 7.

• Walking Tour: “Black History Above and Below Ground.” City Archaeologist Pamela Cressey takes a walking tour of little-known Civil War sites associated with the history of Alexandria’s black community. A Black History Month program. Tour begins at the Dutch Touch, 1800 Diagonal Road, across from the King Street Metro Station. Free, but reservations required. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 9. 703/838-4399.

• Alpha Kappa Alpha Program. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority in a panel discussion on the group’s history and current status as they celebrate their centennial. A Black History Month program. 10 a.m.-noon. Feb. 9. Free but reservations requested. 703/838-4356.

• “Love Stories: An Evening with Poet Kwame Alexander and Guitarist Titilayo.” A Valentine’s day family evening featuring readings and music. A Black History Month program. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 14. 703/838-4356.

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, www.artbma.org

• “Front Room: Notes on Monumentality.” Photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, video and sculpture that explore the contemporary relevance of public monuments. Feb. 27-May 25.

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

• “The American Evolution: A History through Art.” More than 200 objects from the Corcoran’s collection — from Gilbert Stuart to Richard Diebenkorn — spotlight five themes that have shaped American culture: money, land, politics, cultural exchange and the modern world. March 1-July 27.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

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

• Thursday beginners’ classes in 18th-century dance in preparation for the Feb. 16 Birthnight Ball. Dance master Corky Palmer leads. Singles or couples welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $12 per class, $30 per series. Reservations 703/838-4242.

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.

• “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image: Part I, Dreams.” First of a two-part exploration of contemporary moving-image art — film, video and digital works — that explores how cinema has blurred the line between illusion and reality. “Dreams” looks at film’s ability to take viewers out of their everyday lives into the darker recesses of the imagination. Feb. 14-May 11. Part II, “Realisms,” is on view June 19-Sept. 7.

Lincoln Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home

Armed Forces Retirement Home, Eagle Gate, Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street NW. 202/829-0436, www.lincolncottage.org

• A 34-room Gothic Revival house, Lincoln’s retreat from wartime Washington 1862-1865. The most significant historic site associated with his presidency aside from the White House. Now restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Opens to the public 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19.

• Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Four self-guided exhibits on the Soldiers’ Home, wartime Washington, and Lincoln’s leadership and legacy. Interactive modules let visitors explore decisions on the war and emancipation. Audio-visual presentations in the theater. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 1-March 31; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 1-Oct. 31.

• Guided tours of the cottage and a portion of the Soldiers’ Home grounds. On the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-3 p.m. Sundays Nov. 1-March 31; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays April 1-Oct. 31. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. Photo ID required. Tickets required; advance purchase recommended. $5-$12 plus handling fee at 800/514-ETIX or www.etix.com. Groups of 10 or more call 202/829-0436 ext. 31223.

The Lyceum

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

• Railroad Days. The Potomac Division of the National Model Railroad Association in a show of HO-gauge model trains running through miniature towns and valleys under a state-of-the-art digital command system. Thomas the Tank Engine area for toddlers, display of LEGO toy and hobby trains, talks by Whistle Stop Hobbies on the hobby and by Operation Lifesaver, a national railroad safety program. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9; 1-5 p.m. Feb. 10. Free.

• Presidents Day Event: “Meet the President: Theodore Roosevelt.” Historical interpreter Joe Wiegand as T.R. will discuss issues of his day and the time of his presidency from 1901 to 1909 and will follow with a press conference. 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 18. Free.

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 through February. $6-$13; free to children younger than 6. Admission free on Washington’s Birthday Observed, Feb. 18. 703/780-2000, www.mountvernon.org

• Three-day celebration of George Washington’s 276th birthday: Breakfast with a Washington re-enactor 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 and 17; “America’s Smallest Hometown Parade” with fife and drum corps, early-American music and heritage breed animals 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 17 and 18; 61st Annual George Washington”s Birthnight Supper and Ball 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17; wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s tomb, followed by a performance and battle demonstrations by the fife and drum corps and Revolutionary War re-enactors, 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Tickets to the Feb. 17 ball start at $175; reservations at 703/799-8647.

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.

• “African American Pioneers in Aviation.” Celebrating black Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration. Live performances, hands-on activities for children, a chance to meet members of the Tuskegee Airmen. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 and 23. 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

• “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman.” Forty-four original pen-and-ink drawings by the late cartoonist, whose work was carried by both the Washington Star and the Washington Post between 1891 and 1907. Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. Feb. 8-Aug. 17. Free.

National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Butterfly Pavilion 10 a.m. daily to final entry 5 p.m. Timed-entry pavilion tickets with entry at 30-minute intervals $4.50-$6. Tickets through butterflies.si.edu or first-come, first-served at the museum. All other exhibits free. Metro: Federal Triangle. 202/633-1000, www.nmnh.si.edu

• “Butterflies and Plants: Partners in Evolution.” Two exhibits in one. The free “Partners in Evolution” exhibit explores how butterflies and other insects and animals have evolved in concert with plants. The new Butterfly Pavilion allows timed-entry, ticketed visitors to walk among live butterflies and plants. Opens Feb. 15. See butterflies.si.edu.

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

• “Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture.” Works by artists who have explored hip hop’s influence on youth culture: David Scheinbaum, Kehinde Wiley, Shinique Smith and Jefferson Pinder. Some installations created especially for the exhibit. Feb. 8-Oct. 26.

• “New Arrivals.” Recent additions to the gallery’s collection. Opens March 21.

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 younger than 18. 202/387-2151, www.phillipscollection.org

• “Degas to Diebenkorn: The Phillips Collects.” The first exhibition in the museum”s 86-year history to show how it collects. Approximately 100 paintings, photographs, sculpture and works on paper. Feb. 9-May 25.

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

• “Free within Ourselves: African American Artists.” Walk-in tour explores the personal and cultural experiences of black American artists in the collection, including Lois Mailou Jones, Alma Thomas, William H. Johnson, James Hampton, Edmonia Lewis, and Robert Duncanson. Meet at the F Street Information Desk. 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 21 and 28. Free.

• “Obata’s Yosemite.” Twenty-seven prints and watercolors and a series of 20 progressive proofs by the late Japanese artist Chiura Obata, who visited Yosemite in 1927. The first time the artist’s prints have been publicly shown on the East Coast. Feb. 22-June 1.

• “Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-1975.” The first full-scale examination of the Color Field movement, which emerged in the United States in the 1950s, with 40 paintings by Gene Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski and others. Feb. 29-May 26.

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.

• “The Finishing Touch: Accessories from the Bolivian Highlands.” Woven and knitted belts, bags, hats and other items made by the indigenous Aymara- and Quechua-speaking peoples. Feb. 15-Sept. 18.

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free. 410/547-9000, www.thewalters.org

• “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World.” Special exhibition organized by The Field Museum and the Newberry Library, Chicago. Maps on cuneiform tablets, medieval maps, manuscript maps of explorers, globes, maps of utopias and imaginary maps. Highlights: three maps by Leonardo da Vinci, J.R.R. Tolkien”s map of Minas Tirith, and Jefferson’s map of the proposed contours of the states of the Union. March 16-June 8.

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Anacostia Museum and Center for African-American History and Culture

1901 Fort Place SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. 202/287-3306, anacostia.si.edu

• “Remembering the Museum.” Community History Series program recalls the beginnings of the museum 40 years ago. Talks by Caryl Marsh, Zora Felton, Deborah Jones. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13. Reservations: 202/633-4844 by Feb. 7.

• “East of the River: Continuity and Change.” The community life of neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River on the occasion of the Anacostia Community Museum’s 40th anniversary. Through Nov. 9.

Art Museum of the Americas

201 18th St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed federal holidays and Good Friday. 202/458-6016, www.museum.oas.org

• Mexico: Festival of Toys. Interactive exhibit of hand-made toys for celebration and play. Through March 16.

• Interactive toy-making workshops for children 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and by appointment. Through March 16. 202/458-3362 or e-mail aospinaj@oas.org.

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, www.artbma.org

• “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

• “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. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Admission by donation: $5 suggested for house tour and $5 for the current exhibit. 202/842-0920, www.decaturhouse.org

• The Gadsby Wing. One of only a few remaining examples of slave quarters in urban areas. Permanent display. Accessible during normal museum hours.

• Tours of the 1819 house, which once belonged to naval war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

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

• “History in the Making: How Early Modern England Imagined Its Past.” Exploring how the Tudor rulers of Renaissance England reinvented the past to justify their right to the English throne. Folger Great Hall. Through May 17.

• 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, www.asia.si.edu

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

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

• Tours of the historic tavern 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, extended to 8 p.m. Feb. 14; 1-5 p.m. Feb. 10. 60 Closed January and national holidays. $5-$12. 202/686-8500; information and advance reservations 202/686-5807 or reservations@hillwoodmuseum.org.

• The Joseph Urban Table. Dining room table with a table-top mosaic of 70 types of minerals and marbles. On view through March 1.

• Family Fun Sunday: Art from the Heart. Participants decorate a heart-shaped box, inspired by the French gold boxes displayed in the mansion. Hot chocolate served. Tours of the mansion, cafe dining, and shopping included. 1-5 p.m. Feb. 10. Price included in admission charge.

• Valentine’s Day Evening. Special mansion tours focusing on the passions of the women whose stories are told in Hillwood’s collection. Includes champagne toast and chocolates, museum shop discount, more. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14; tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. $25, $35.

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.

• “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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through March 14. $15-$18. 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 older. 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

• “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. Through March 16.

• 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. Through March 17.

• Elena Sisto: “New Work.” The painter and art teacher shows her latest. Through March 22.

• William Christenberry: “Site/Possession.” Fifty of Christenberry’s rarely-exhibited drawings and the “Klan Room Tableau,” which includes over 200 works. Through March 22. Gallery talk with the artist and curator Andrea Douglas 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Free.

• Roger Brown: “Southern Exposure.” Nearly 40 paintings by the Alabama-born Chicago imagist, who died in 1997, along with childhood artifacts, works by artist-friends, and self-taught art. Through March 22. Gallery talk with curator Sidney Lawrence 4 p.m. Feb. 16. Free.

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.

The Lyceum

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

• “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 through February. $6-$13; free to children younger than 6. 703/780-2000, www.mountvernon.org

• Black History Month at the slave quarters. Through Feb. 29: Wreath laying and presentation, Slave Memorial site, noon daily. Talks by slave re-enactors, greenhouse, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 2-23; talks by a Lafayette re-enactor, greenhouse, 3 p.m. Sundays Feb. 3-24. Activities included in estate admission.

• Tours of the mansion’s basement, where a scene of a president’s kidnapping was filmed for the movie “National Treasure.” Saturdays, Sundays through Feb. 10. Tours included in regular admission charge.

• 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 the summer.

• 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

• “Public Vaults.” Ongoing exhibit.

• Museum housing the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution including Bill of Rights.

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

• “Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture.” Through Feb. 17.

• “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

• “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.

• “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. Through May 4.

• “Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860.” The first exhibition to highlight British “calotypes” — photographs made from paper negatives. Approximately 120 works by leading artists such as Roger Fenton, Linnaeus Tripe, and B.B. Turner. West Building Ground Floor. Through May 4.

• 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 https://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

• “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.

• “Frogs — A Chorus of Colors.” Live frogs in environments that mimic their wild habitats and show the creatures’ importance and why they are disappearing. Participants include poison dart frogs; tree frogs including the Chinese gliding frog, dumpy tree frog and waxy monkey frog; the Vietnamese mossy frog and golden mantella frog; the fire-bellied toad and more. Frog calls, video footage, interactive challenges, tests of hopping skills, more. Through May 11.

• “Face to Face with Frogs: Photographs by Mark W. Moffett.” Companion exhibit of images by the award-winning photographer. Through May 11.

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

• “African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection.” Through Sept. 7.

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 the summer.

• Closed for renovations. Scheduled to reopen by summer.

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.

• “Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake.” Ongoing.

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

• Exhibits related to January’s National Birth Defects Awareness Month. Through January.

• “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

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.

• “Discovering Rastafari!” Through Nov. 8.

• 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 younger than 12 enter for 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.

• Paula Rego. More than 100 works — paintings, pastels, prints and drawings — by the London-based native of Portugal, one of the leading figurative artists working today. Through May 25.

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

• “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.

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. 202/638-3221, www.archfoundation.org/octagon

• Pre-arranged group tours of 10-25 people by appointment only at 202/638-3221. Tour fees $3 and $5. No walk-in visitors until further notice because of museum evaluation.

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 younger than 18. 202/387-2151, www.phillipscollection.org

• 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, www.jp2cc.org

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

• 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

• “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: Legendary Coins & Currency.” Through Feb. 11.

• “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.

• “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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Tickets through the Web site $15.86, $21.15. 888-246-8872, www.madametussaudsdc.com

• “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, www.thewalters.org

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

• “Mapping the Cosmos.” Images of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Scheduled to coincide with the exhibition “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World,” opening in March. Through July 27.

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.

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