Baltimore Museum of Art
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 Mondays, Tuesdays, major holidays. $5-$7. Free on the first Thursday of every month and 5-8 p.m. every Thursday. 410/396-7100.
“Haunting visions of Poe: Illustrations by Manet, Matisse and Gaugin.” Through Jan. 11.
“A Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art.” Permanent wing reopened Jan. 12.
“Whistler and Cassatt: Americans Abroad.” Through Oct. 12.
The Bead Museum
400 Seventh St. NW. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 202/624-4500.
City Museum of Washington, D.C.
801 K St. NW. New museum dedicated to the history of the District. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. third Thursday of every month. Library 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $5-$7. 202/383-1800. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown or Mount Vernon Square.
“From Sandlots to Stadiums: A History of Sports in D.C.” Through 2004.
“Images from the Albert Small Collection.” Through 2004.
“Washington Perspectives.” Permanent exhibit.
“Washington Stories.” Permanent multimedia show.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Tuesday. $3-5, $8 family; free after 5 p.m. Thursday. Metro: Farragut West. 202/639-1700.
“The Impressionist Tradition in America.” Through late March 2004.
748 Jackson Place NW. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed holidays. $2.50-$4. 202/842-0920.
Tours of the 1819 house, which once belonged to naval war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur.
“Latrobe’s Washington.” Through Oct. 30.
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.
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.
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.
Fells Point Maritime Museum
1724 Thames St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday. $4, $3 for students, children and seniors, children 12 and under get in free. 410/732-0278.
Fire Museum of Maryland
1301 York Road, Lutherville, Md. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Weekday tours by appointment. Closed holidays. $3, discounts for firefighters, seniors and children. 410/321-7500.
Hand-drawn, horse-drawn and self-propelled fire trucks.
Frederick Douglass Historic Site
1411 W St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except holidays. 202/426-5961.
Guided tours of the first and second floors. $3.
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. Metro: Smithsonian. 202/357-2700.
“The Religious Art of Japan.” Through Dec. 12, 2004.
“In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony: Paintings and Calligraphy by Bada Shanren (1626-1705) from the Bequest of Wang Fangyu and Sum Wai.” Through Oct. 12.
“Tales and Legends in Japanese Art.” Through Jan. 4.
“Tea Utensils Under Wrap.” Through Jan. 4.
“Whistler’s Greatest Etchings: The 1889 Amsterdam Set.” Through Feb. 1.
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday by reservation. ID required. Reservation deposit of $5-$10 will be refunded (or can be donated) after visit. 202/686-8500.
Revitalized estate of visionary collector, philanthropist and businesswoman Marjorie Merriweather Post, reopened after three-year renovation. Most comprehensive collections of 18th- and 19th-century Russian imperial art outside of Russia, and 18th-century French decorative arts.
“The Myths of St. Petersburg: Impressions of the City From the Hillwood Collection.” Through Dec. 31.
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. 202/357-2700.
First Friday Talks. 12:30 p.m. Meet at the information desk.
“Gyroscope.” Through Jan. 4.
International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $10-$13. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. 202/393-7798.
New museum dedicated to espionage.
2401 Foxhall Road NW. Guided tours 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-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 p.m. Saturday. Thomas Jefferson Building exhibition area, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Other exhibition areas, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Sunday and holidays. Metro: Capitol South.
Public tours 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Group tours available upon request.
“Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America.” Thomas Jefferson Building. Through Nov. 29.
201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. 703/838-4994.
Marine Corps Museum
Marine Corps Historical Center, Navy Yard, Ninth and M streets SE. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and holidays. Metro: Navy Yard. 202/433-3267.
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Metro: Union Station. 202/357-2700.
“The Art of the Stamp.” Through February 2004.
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; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Imax Theater and exhibits. $12-$15.50. 410/685-5225.
Imax: “The Lion King,” “The Human Body,” “Bears,” “Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man,” “Space Station 3-D,” “Journey Into Amazing Caves,” “Ghosts of the Abyss.” Call for times.
Planetarium shows: “The Sky Live,” “Live From the Sun,” “Star Bazaar” and “The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Call for times.
“Dino Digs.” A simulated dig, real dinosaur fossils and the footprint of a sauropod.
“Outer Space Place.” More than 20 original hands- and minds-on activities, videos, thermal imaging, 3-D models and high-resolution images from the land beyond.
Meridian International Center
1624 Crescent Place NW. 202/939-5568. 2-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday except holidays.
“The Chesapeake Bay” exhibit. Running indefinitely.
11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Va. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily except holidays. 540/672-2728.
“James Madison: Secretary of State in an Age of Expansion and Exploration.” Through Jan. 4, 2004.
“Discovering Madison.” Video, audio tour, photographs and more about James Madison’s life. Continues indefinitely.
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and Sixth Street SW. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza. 202/357-2700. Imax theater schedule: 202/357-1686.
Lockheed Martin Imax shows: “Space Station 3-D,” 11:10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:55 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily; “To Fly,” 1:15 p.m. daily; “Straight Up, Helicopters in Action,” 10:15 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. $6-$7.50.
“Voyage: A Journey Through Our Solar System.” Outdoor exhibition model. Running indefinitely.
National Building Museum
401 F St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. Metro: Judiciary Square. 202/272-2448.
“Saving Mount Vernon: The Birth of Preservation in America.” Through Sept. 21.
“Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Sidewalks.” Through April 18.
National Firearms Museum
11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax. 703/267-1600. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; closed holidays.
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. Metro: Judiciary Square or Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/737-4215.
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, more. Open all year.
“The Art of Romare Bearden.” Through Jan. 4.
National Geographic Society
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.
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.-5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-2700.
“Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science.” Through Oct. 5.
“Journeys and Destinations: Contemporary African Artists on the Move.” Through Nov. 30.
“Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora.” Through Oct. 5.
“The Fabric of Moroccan Life.” Through Sept. 21.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-2700.
“Bon appetit: Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian.” Runs indefinitely.
“History in the News: Ensuring the Safety of Millions.” Runs indefinitely.
“Disability Rights Movement.” Pen President Bush used to sign Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, one of first ultralight wheelchairs, other objects examining the history of the movement in America. Running indefinitely.
“Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America.” Objects and photos depicting 19th-century factory workers in Bridgeport, Conn., Jewish immigrants in Cincinnati, and blacks in the South Carolina Low Country region, Eastern South Carolina and Charleston. On permanent display.
“The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.” Nearly 1,000 objects related to the presidents. Runs indefinitely.
National Museum of the American Indian
Heye Center, on the Mall between Third and Fourth streets SW. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 202/287-2020.
Visitor center offers information on design and exhibits for the museum opening in 2004.
“Legends of Our Times: Native Ranching and Rodeo Life on the Plains and the Plateau.” Through March 7, 2004.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $4.50-$6.50. 301/695-1864.
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.” New permanent exhibit.
“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 Health and Medicine
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW. 202/782-2200. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.
“Human Body, Human Being.” Medical artifacts and anatomy displays on the body and illness. Runs indefinitely.
National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily through summer; occasional closings at 5:30 p.m. Metro: Federal Triangle. 202/357-2700.
Samuel Johnson Imax Theater: “Bugs (3-D),” 10:20 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. daily; “T-Rex (3-D): Back to the Cretaceous,” 11:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:05 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily; “Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey,” 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily; “Cirque du Soleil (3-D),” 7 p.m. daily.
Imax and Jazz Cafe. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday.
“El Nino’s Powerful Reach.” Running indefinitely.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
New York Avenue and 13th Street NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Metro: Metro Center. $3-$5. Free first Sunday and Wednesday. 202/783-5000.
“Insomnia: Landscapes of the Night.” Through Nov. 30.
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets NW. 202/357-2700.
Closed for renovations.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Metro: Union Station. 202/357-2700.
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 holidays. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/737-2300.
Free screenings of the film “At Sea” at various times during the week.
Building 76, Washington Navy Yard, Ninth and M streets SE. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Metro: Navy Yard. 202/433-4882.
Open only by appointment.
“Spanning Three Centuries: Museums on the Washington Navy Yard.” Through Sept. 26.
“In Harm’s Way: The U.S. Navy in World War II.” Running indefinitely.
“Korea 1950-1953: The Navy in the Forgotten War.” Running indefinitely.
The museum of the American Architectural Foundation. 1799 New York Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday except holidays. $5, $3 seniors and students. 202/638-3221.
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George St., Annapolis. 410/263-5553. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. $5 house, $2 garden.
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Weekend admission $4-$7.50. Weekdays by contribution. Metro: Dupont Circle. 202/387-2151.
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.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: Smithsonian. 202/357-4880.
“Love and Yearning: Mystical and Moral Themes in Persian Poetry and Paintings.” Through Feb. 22.
144 Constitution Ave. NE. 10 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.
Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum
701 Third St. NW. Metro: Judiciary Square. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday except major Jewish and federal holidays. 202/789-0900.
Tours of the first Adas Israel synagogue.
“Power Lunches: Milton S. Kronheim Sr.’s Washington.” Running indefinitely.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Eighth and G streets NW. 202/357-2700.
Closed for renovations.
Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-4500.
“Double Helix — a Genome Preview.” Through Jan. 5.
“Genome: The Secret of How Life Works.” Through Jan. 5.
The Castle, Constitution Avenue and 10th Street NW. 202/357-2700.
“West Wing: A Chronology.” New permanent exhibit.
The Textile Museum
2320 S St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. $5 voluntary donation. 202/667-0441.
1644 31st St. NW. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday except holidays. 202/965-0400.
Tours of this historic house, which belonged to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Reservations suggested for individuals, required for groups. $6 for docent-led tours.
USDA Forest Service Information Center
14th Street and Independence Avenue NW. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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 p.m. daily. 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.
“Life in the Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust.” Sept. 19-May 12.
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. $5-$8. 410/547-9000.
“Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing.” Through Dec. 14.
“Classical Drama Rediscovered: The No Prints of Tsukioka Kogyo.” Through Oct. 19.
“Eternal Egypt.” Sept. 21-Jan. 18.
Woman’s National Democratic Club
At the Historic Whittemore House. 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 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. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Metro: Arlington Cemetery. 703/892-2606.
“In Defense of a Nation” film runs every 10 minutes.