Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets Northwest. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except holidays. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/501-5000.
“The Way We Worked.” Dec. 16-May 29.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/357-2700.
“Gold: The Asian Touch.” Through Feb. 19.
“Style and Status: Imperial Costumes From Ottoman Turkey.” Through Feb. 19.
“Perspectives: Mei-Ling Hom.” Through March 5.
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 Monday, Tuesday, major holidays. $6-$12. Free on the first Thursday (open until 8 p.m.) of every month. 410/396-7100.
“Woven Rainbows: American Indian Trade Blankets.” Through May 14.
“Henry Ossawa Tanner and the Lure of Paris.” Through May 28.
“A Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art.” Continues indefinitely.
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.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Tuesday. $3-$6.75, $12 family; pay what you can all day Monday, after 5 p.m. Thursday. Metro: Farragut West. 202/639-1700.
“Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings From Corcoran Gallery of Art.” Through Jan 2.
“Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective.” Through Jan. 24.
“Warhol Legacy: Selections From the Andy Warhol Museum.” Through Feb. 20.
“Picturing the Banjo.” Through March 5.
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.
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.
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; free for children 12 and younger. 410/732-0278.
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St. SE. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 202/544-4600.
“Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580-1680.” Through Dec. 31.
Fire Museum of Maryland
1301 York Road, Lutherville, Md. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Weekday tours by appointment. Closed holidays. $3, with discounts for firefighters, seniors and children. 410/321-7500.
Hand-drawn, horse-drawn and self-propelled firetrucks.
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 Southwest. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Dec. 25. Metro: Smithsonian. 202/357-2700.
“Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts.” Through March 26.
“Artists of Edo 1800-1850.” Through May 29.
“Freer and Tea: 100 Years of the Book of Tea.” Through May 29.
“Vietnamese Ceramics.” Continues indefinitely.
“Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas.” Continues indefinitely.
“Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings From the 1800s.” Continues indefinitely.
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave. NW. By reservation 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Reservation fee of $5-$12. 202/686-5807.
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 Russia and of 18th-century French decorative arts.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest. 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.
“Hiraki Sawa.” Through March 1.
First Friday Talks. 12:30 p.m. Meet at the information desk.
International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $5-$18. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. 202/393-7798.
“Spy Treasures of Hollywood: Highlights From the Danny Biederman Spy-Fi Collection.” Through spring.
Museum dedicated to espionage.
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 Southeast. 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.-5:30 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 upon request.
“Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words.” Through June 17.
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.
Marian Koshland Science Museum
Sixth and E streets Northwest. 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.
“Putting DNA to Work.” On permanent display.
“Global Warming Facts & Our Future.” On permanent display.
“Wonders of Science.” On permanent display.
Meridian International Center
1624 Crescent Place NW. 2-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 202/667-6800.
“Sudan: The Land and the People.” Through Jan. 29.
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.
Imax: “Bugs in 3-D,” “Titanica & Hubble,” “Fighter Pilot.” Call for times.
Planetarium shows: “The Sky Live!” “Live From the Sun,” “Entertaining Einstein” and “The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Call for times.
“Body Link.” Permanent exhibit.
“Follow the Blue Crab.” Permanent exhibit.
“Dinosaur Mysteries.” Permanent exhibit.
“Terralink.” Permanent exhibit.
“Newton’s Alley.” Permanent exhibit.
“Your Body: The Inside Story.” Permanent exhibit.
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.
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Dec. 25. 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, 1:55, 3 and 5 p.m. daily; “To Fly,” 2 p.m. daily; “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag,” 10:15 a.m., 2, 4 and 6 p.m. daily. $5.50-$8.
Einstein Planetarium shows: “Infinity Express,” 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.; 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5 p.m. daily. “The Stars Tonight — Open Your Eyes to the Skies,” noon daily. $5.50-$8.
“Voyage: A Journey Through Our Solar System.” Outdoor exhibition model. Running indefinitely.
“The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age.” Continues indefinitely.
Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets Northwest. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except holidays. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/501-5000.
“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. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. Metro: Judiciary Square. 202/272-2448.
“Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community.” Through Jan. 8.
“Cityscapes Revealed: Highlights From the Collection.” Ongoing.
“Washington: Symbol and City.” Ongoing.
“Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection — Instruments of Change.” Ongoing.
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 Northwest. 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.
“Monumental Sculpture From Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco and Verrocchio at Orsanmichele.” Through Dec. 31.
“Audubon’s Dream Realized; Selections From ‘The Birds of America.’” Through Dec. 31.
“Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination From the J. Paul Getty Museum.” Through Dec. 31.
“Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life.” Through Dec. 31.
“Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters.” Through Feb. 20.
“The Prints of Felix Buhot: Impressions of City and Sea.” Through Feb. 20.
“Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art.” Through Feb. 20.
“13 Drawings by Roy Lichtenstein.” Permanent display.
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.
National Geographic Society
17th and M streets Northwest. Metro: Farragut North. Explorers Hall open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 202/857-7588.
“Napoleon: An Intimate Portrait” Through Jan. 2.
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 American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-2700.
“Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.” Through May.
“Whatever Happened to Polio?” Through April.
“Ray Charles: American Legend.” Runs indefinitely.
“Vote: The Machinery of Democracy.” Runs indefinitely.
“Taking America to Lunch.” Runs indefinitely.
“America on the Move.” Runs indefinitely.
“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.” The pen the first President Bush used to sign the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, one of the first ultralight wheelchairs, and other objects from the history of the movement in America. Runs indefinitely.
“Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th Century America.” Objects and photographs depicting 19th-century factory workers in Bridgeport, Conn., Jewish immigrants in Cincinnati and blacks in the South Carolina Low Country region around Charleston. On permanent display.
“The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.” Nearly 1,000 objects related to the presidents. Runs indefinitely.
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 202/633-4600.
“African Art Now: Masterpieces From Jean Pigozzi Collection.” Through Feb. 26.
“The Art of the Personal Object.” Permanent exhibition.
“Ceramics at the National Museum of Art.” Permanent exhibition.
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue Southwest. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/633-1000.
Museum dedicated to American Indians.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 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.
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.
“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 Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Metro: Federal Triangle. 202/357-2700.
The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals. Permanent display.
Johnson Imax Theater: “Into the Deep (3-D),” 10:20 a.m., 12:10, 2, 3:50 p.m. daily; “Wild Safari: A South African Adventure (3-D),” 11:10 a.m., 1, 2:50 p.m. daily; “The Polar Express: An Imax Experience (3-D),” 5 and 7 p.m. daily. $6.50-$8.
Imax Jazz Cafe. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday.
“The Spirit of Ancient Colombian Gold.” Through April 9.
“El Nino’s Powerful Reach.” Running indefinitely.
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets Northwest. 202/357-2700.
Closed for renovations through July 2006.
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.
“Alice Neel’s Women.” Through Jan. 15.
“The Water Remembers: Paintings and Works on Paper by May Stevens.” Through Jan. 15.
“Monica Castillo: The Painter and the Body.” Through Jan. 22.
Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 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 Southeast. 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.
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Metro: Union Station. 202/357-2700.
“What’s in the Mail for You.” On permanent display.
“Moving the Mail.” On permanent display.
“Stamps and Stories.” On permanent display.
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.
“The Initiated Eye: Secrets, Symbols, Free Masonry and the Architecture of Washington, D.C.” Through Dec. 31.
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. $5 house, $2 garden. 410/263-5553.
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 Monday and holidays. Admission for permanent collection is by fee. Exhibits are $12-$14, free for visitors 62 and older, Phillips Collection members and visitors under 18. 202/387-2151.
“Sean Scully: Wall of Light.” Through Jan. 8.
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.
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.
Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum
701 Third St. NW. Metro: Judiciary Square. By appointment only. $3 suggested donation. 202/789-0900.
Tours of the first Adas Israel Synagogue.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-2700.
“Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design.” Through Jan. 22.
“George Catlin’s Indian Gallery.” Permanent exhibit.
Permanent collection of American crafts.
The Castle, Constitution Avenue and 10th Street Northwest. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/357-2700.
“West Wing: A Chronology.” New permanent exhibit.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 202/633-1000.
“James S. McDonnell Space Hangar.” Dedicated display of space artifacts, including the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Permanent exhibition.
“Balloonmania.” Permanent exhibition.
Imax theater: “Adrenaline Rush,” Noon and 4 p.m. daily; “To Fly,” 2 p.m. daily; “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag,” 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. daily. $5.50-$8.
The Textile Museum
2320 S St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Request $5 donation. 202/667-0441.
“Gods and Empires: Huari Ceremonial Textiles.” Through Jan. 15.
“Silk and Leather: Splendid Attire of 19th Century Central Asia.” Through Feb. 26.
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.
USDA Forest Service Information Center
14th Street and Independence Avenue Northwest. 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 Southwest). 202/488-0400. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Yom Kippur and Dec. 25. 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 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30-10 p.m. Second Friday of each month. $2-$10. 410/547-9000.
“Dressed in Gold: Books for Italian Renaissance.” Through Jan. 8.
“Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod.” Through Feb. 12.
“Byzantine Art From the Dumbarton Oaks Collection.” Through April 30, 2007.
“19th Century Collection.” Ongoing.
“The John and Berthe Ford Collection.” Ongoing.
“Palace of Wonders: The New Galleries of Renaissance and Baroque Art.” Ongoing.
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. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Metro: Arlington Cemetery. 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.