- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2008


Alexandria Black History Museum

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

• Teddy Bear Tea. Annual program teaching basic table etiquette to boys and girls 5-10 years old. Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the entire program. 1-3:30 p.m. May 3; seating begins 12:30 p.m. $18 per person. Appropriate attire required. Reserve by 4 p.m. April 25.

The Lyceum

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

• “Living Legends of Alexandria.” Photographs of 48 contemporary notables who have improved life in the community. April 25-Sept. 8.

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.

• “Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” Six aircraft representing a cross section of modern unmanned flight technology: Predator, DarkStar, X-45A (Air Force); Shadow 200 (Army); Dragon Eye (Marine Corps); and Pioneer (Navy). Featuring also a wide variety of technologies: jets, piston-driven props and electric motors for propulsion; surveillance radars, precision bombs and missiles for combat use. Opens April 24.

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

• “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” The first major retrospective of the work of one of the seminal masters of 20th-century architecture. Features full-scale building models, never-before-seen drawings, furniture, photographs, films, and other artifacts dating from the 1930s to the early 1960s. First floor galleries. May 3-Aug. 23.

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

• “Richard Misrach: On the Beach.” Nineteen of the American photographer’s large-scale color images of sunbathers in Hawaii, made right after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. May 25-Sept. 1.

• “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul.” Major exhibit of nearly 230 works, artifacts and archaeological treasures dating from the Bronze Age (2500 B.C.) through the rise of trade along the Silk Road in the first century A.D — including gold objects from the famed Bactrian hoard. May 25-Sept. 7.

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

• “Herblock’s Presidents: Puncturing Pomposity.” Political cartoons by Herbert Lawrence Block, whose jabs at presidents and others appeared in American newspapers for more than 70 years. May 2-Nov. 30.

• “Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraits.” About 60 pieces from the late 19th century to the present illustrating how posters function as portraiture. Including images of Gen. John J. Pershing, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Joe Louis, Judy Garland, aviator Jimmy Doolittle and labor leader Lane Kirkland. May 9-Jan. 25.

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

• “The Great American Epic: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series.” The complete 60-panel series, rarely seen in its entirety, on the 20th-century exodus of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North. May 3-Oct. 26.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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

• “Muraqqa: Imperial Mughal Albums From the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.” Paintings and calligraphies commissioned by emperors Jahangir (1605-27) and Shah Jahan (1627-58), rulers of the Mughal Empire in India, for display in lavish imperial albums. May 3-Aug. 3.

• “Yellow Mountain: China’s Ever-Changing Landscape.” Chinese artists’ depiction of the famous Mount Huang or Huangshan over the centuries. May 31-Aug. 24.

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

• “Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist.” The first nationally touring retrospective of the work this artist, one of the foremost visual artists from the Harlem Renaissance. Includes more than 80 rarely seen paintings, prints, drawings and illustrations by the artist and his contemporaries. May 9-Aug. 3.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW). 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Yom Kippur and Christmas. Extended hours until 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through June 13. Metro: Smithsonian. No passes required for special exhibitions and most museum resources. Free, timed-entry passes required for the permanent exhibition. 202/488-0400, www.ushmm.org

• “The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.” The return, after a 10-year national tour, of an exhibit that debuted at the museum in 1996 in conjunction with the opening of the Atlanta Games. Artifacts and other memorabilia exploring the issues surrounding the Berlin games. April 25-Aug. 17. No pass required.

• “The Holocaust.” Permanent exhibition on three floors presents a narrative history of the destruction of the European Jews using more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters that include historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies. Free, timed-entry pass required. Passes distributed first-come, first-served at the museum daily; advance passes, with $1.75 service charge, through www.tickets.com or at 800/400-9373.


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

• “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

• “Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin.” Works by the late Ecuadorean painter and sculptor, who focused on political and social repression. Through May 29.

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. Through May 25.

• “Looking Through the Lens: Photography 1900-1960.” Some 150 iconic images by European and American artists — Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks — from the period when photography became fully recognized as an art form. From the BMA’s collection. Through June 8.

• “Bonnard and Vuillard.” Intimate show of more than 40 works on paper and paintings tracing the development of two of the most experimental artists at the turn of the 20th century, Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. Through Aug. 10.

• “Meditations on African Art: Pattern.” More than 70 works — textiles, dye stamps, carved ivories, painted shields and figurative works — that show the role of pattern in African cultural style, body adornment and visual design. Third and final installation in the BMA’s “Meditations on African Art” series. Through Aug. 17.

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

• Self-guided tours, market fairs, special events, apprentice and internship programs, colonial workshops, farm skills educational program, more.

Contemporary Museum of Baltimore

100 W. Centre St., Baltimore. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission $3-$5. 410/783-5720, www.contemporary.org

• “Re-Mapping.” Contemporary artists Kianga Ford and Arnold Schalks reinterpret the concept of a map, creating new and interactive maps of the city. Part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps (baltimorefestivalofmaps.com). Through June 8.

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

• “Chance Encounters: Photographs From the Collection of Norman Carr and Carolyn Kinder Carr.” Sixty images from a collection of street photography assembled over 30 years. Including work by Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Lisette Model, Paul Strand and Garry Winogrand. Through June 22.

• “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. Through July 27.

• “Treasures of European Decorative Art and Sculpture.” Through 2008.

DAR Museum

1776 D St. NW. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and Federal holidays. Admission free. 202/879-3241, www.dar.org/museum

• “Telling Their Stories: 19th Century Samplers and Silk Embroideries.” Through nearly 80 examples of 19th-century needlework, examines the artistry of Early American stitching and the family histories of its creators. Through Aug. 30.

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.

• “The Half Had Not Been Told Me: African Americans on Lafayette Square (1795-1965).” The varied experiences of blacks within the unique landscape of the White House neighborhood, a special showing during the 145th anniversary year of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Installed in the Gadsby Wing, the property’s former slave quarters and one of just a few remaining examples of slave quarters in urban areas. Through March 1, 2009.

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.

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora

1214 Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. 301/314-2615, www.driskellcenter.umd.edu

• “Highlights From the David C. Driskell Center Permanent Collection.” The collection’s first exhibition shows 53 paintings, prints and three-dimensional works by more than 40 African American artists. Through June 13.

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 East 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 items of the Folger’s collection pertaining to Shakespeare and his time, accompanied by a multimedia computer installation and a video. Ongoing.

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Hours April 1-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Admission free, but reservations encouraged through 703/838-4848. See www.fortward.org.

• “Virginia Harmonies.” Drawings and prints by Civil War soldier, artist and musician William Lydston Jr. of Boston, paired with musical instruments and related objects from the Fort Ward collection. Through Dec. 31.

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

• “Tales of the Brush, Continued: Chinese Paintings With Literary Themes.” Through July 27.

• Japanese Arts of the Edo Period, 1615-1868, Part 2. Painting, lacquer and ceramics from the rising city of Edo (now Tokyo). A continuation of the exhibit that closed Feb. 24. Through Sept. 7.

• “Tea for Everyone: Japanese Popular Ceramics for Tea Drinking.” Tea-leaf storage jars, water jars, tea bowls, teacups and teapots that became popular in the 19th century, when tea became an everyday beverage not just among the elite. Through Sept. 7.

• “Perspectives: Y.Z. Kami.” Monumental portraits and other new works by the Tehran-born artist who draws on both Eastern and Western aesthetic and mystical traditions. Through Oct. 13.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Hours April 1-Oct. 31: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 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. Closed January and national holidays. $5-$12. 202/686-8500; information and advance reservations 202/686-5807 or [email protected]

• The restored home of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

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. Through May 11. Part II, “Realisms,” is on view June 19-Sept. 7.

• “Directions: Amy Sillman, Third Person Singular.” Thirteen oil paintings and 12 ink drawings explore the tension between figuration and abstraction. Through July 6.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Carnegie Library Building, 801 K St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; Kiplinger Research Library 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 202/383-1850, www.historydc.org

• Books, manuscripts, correspondence, oral histories, paintings, photographs, slides and prints on Washington history.

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. Ongoing.

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

• “Personal Landscapes: Contemporary Art From Israel.” Works by 15 emerging Israeli artists that reveal the physical, emotional and intellectual landscape of contemporary Israel. Through May 18.

• Willem de Looper. A one-person show examining the unique contributions to color-field abstraction developed during the past 50 years by this Dutch-born artist, a long-time curator of the Phillips Collection. Through May 18.

• “Cosmosis.” Artists Gillian Brown and Inga McCaslin Frick explore consciousness, perception and the interrelatedness of inner and outer worlds. Through May 18.

• Student Exhibitions. Paintings, prints, sculptures, design and video installations by undergraduates and graduate students. Through May 18.

• Photos from the Prague Quadrennial 2007. An exhibition of 35 photographs from the 11th International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture. Through May 18.

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 by reservation 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Open to public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday except holidays. $5-$8. 202/338-3552, www.kreegermuseum.org

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

• “Philip Johnson: Architecture as Art.” The relationship between art and architecture as seen in the late works of the architect who designed the Kreeger. On show are models, drawings, sculpture, photographs and art from Johnson’s own collection, including works by Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Through July 31.

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.

• The Library of Congress Experience. An enhancement to exhibitions and a new way to access the library and its collections through interactive technology, offering a “hands-on” approach to cultural treasures that might not otherwise be engaged. Ongoing. For full details see www.loc.gov/experience.

• “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.

• “Bob Hope and American Variety.” The story of American vaudeville in the early 20th century as told through the life and career of the legendary comedian. The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, Ground Floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. Ongoing.

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.

• 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. Admission free. 703/838-4994, www.alexandriahistory.org

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

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission $3, $4; children 3-12 free. 410/685-3750, www.mdhs.org

“Borders and Boundaries: The Mason-Dixon Line.” The original map of the Maryland-Pennsylvania boundary, printed in Philadelphia in 1768 and developed by astronomer Charles Mason and surveyor Jeremiah Dixon. With additional historic maps and documents recording the 80-year dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and samples of the surveying instruments used by Mason and Dixon. Part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps (baltimorefestivalofmaps.com). Through June 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, www.mdsci.org

“Mapping Science.” Exploring the various ways maps are used in the fields of astronomy, biology, paleontology and earth science. Program includes scavenger hunts through time and space, planetarium shows, presentations on the technology of satellite mapping. Part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps (baltimorefestivalofmaps.com). Through June 8.

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.


11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Va. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily November-March; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily April-October. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas. Admission $6-$12; children under 6 free. 540/672-2728, www.montpelier.org

“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. Numerous recently restored buildings, including the Gardener’s House. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily March, September, October; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily March 31-August. $6-$13; free to children younger than 6. 703/780-2000, www.mountvernon.org

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.

“In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight.” Fifty-six large-format photographs by author and photographer Carolyn Russo highlight the aesthetic aspects of the museum’s aircraft. Ongoing.

“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 Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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.

National Archives and Records Administration

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. Through Aug. 17. Free.

“Public Vaults.” Ongoing exhibit.

Building houses the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution including the 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

“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

“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.

“In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers From Corot to Monet.” Some 100 paintings, pastels, and photographs as well as artist and tourist ephemera illustrate the revolution begun by artists working outdoors in 19th-century France. Works by Corot, Rousseau, Millet, Monet and photographer Eugene Cuvelier. West Building Main Floor. Through June 8. Free.

“Max Ernst: Illustrated Books.” Drawn from the gallery’s rare book collection, this focus exhibition of 19 works highlights grotesque creatures invented by the German surrealist in the 1920s and 1930s. West Building, Ground Floor, Gallery G21. Through Sept. 6. Free.

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

The Museum at Explorers Hall. 1145 17th St. 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/museum

“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.

“Trash People.” A new outdoor display featuring 50 life-sized figures sculpted entirely from trash by the German artist HA Schult, who wants to raise popular consciousness about how much garbage people leave behind them. Through June 8.

“Human Footprint.” Still photos from the new National Geographic Channel film on American consumption and trash production. A supplement to “Trash People.” Through June 8.

“A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel.” More than 30 images by award-winning National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt showcase highlights of her 30-year career. Through Sept. 14.

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

“Treasures 2008.” Masterpieces From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s collection and special loans from private collections throughout the United States, many of which have never been exhibited publicly in this country. Through Aug. 17.

“El Anatsui: Gawu.” The Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, noted for his work in wood, ceramics and paint, transforms discarded metal objects (loosely, “gawu”) into original works of art. Through Sept. 2.

“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 American Jewish Military History

1811 R St. NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; Sundays by appointment for groups of six or more. Closed Saturdays and some Jewish and federal holidays. 202/265-6280, www.nmajmh.org

“Jewish War Veterans” Protest March Against Nazi Germany 75th Anniversary.” Exhibition commemorating the Jewish War Veterans’ 1933 call for a boycott of German goods and a parade through the streets of Manhattan to City Hall to call for the severance of diplomatic relations with Germany. 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

“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. Butterfly Pavilion 10:15 a.m. daily to final entry 5:15 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 more than 300 live butterflies and the plants they love. Ongoing. See butterflies.si.edu.

“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.

Smithsonian 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

“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

“Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer.” Images by a dominant figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th- and early-20th-century New York, who attracted the prominent to her Fifth Avenue studio. Through Sept. 1.

“Steichen: Portraits.” While he was chief photographer for Vanity Fair from 1923 to 1936, Edward Steichen made incisive portraits of most of the celebrities of the day, from Charlie Chaplin to FDR. Through Sept. 1.

“One Life: Katharine Hepburn.” Through Oct. 5.

“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, Jefferson Pinder. Some installations created especially for the exhibit. Through Oct. 26.

“New Arrivals.” Recent additions to the gallery’s collection, including Andy Warhol’s portrait of Judy Garland; Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein by Alfred Eisenstaedt; Carolina Herrera by Robert Mapplethorpe. Through Jan. 4, 2009.

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 Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. Admission $13-$20; children 6 and younger free. Same-day tickets in person at the Newseum; advance tickets through 888/NEWSEUM or www.newseum.org

New seven-level museum on the history of the news, with 14 galleries, 15 theaters, two broadcast studios and a 4-D “time-travel experience.”

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

“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. Through May 25.

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

Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

3900 Harewood Road NE. Closed to the public April 1-18. At other times, open 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

“Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From the Helen Williams Drutt Collection.” Contemporary jewelry seen through some 300 objects, including 275 pieces of jewelry, 20 drawings and watercolors and five constructions and sculptures. Through July 6.

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

“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

“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. Through May 26.

“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. Through June 1.

“The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball.” Small exhibition celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural ball, held on March 6, 1865, in the museum’s historic home. Items from the ball, including the invitation and menu, as well as engravings and other artifacts. South Gallery, Second Floor. Through Jan. 18, 2010.

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

“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, www.textilemuseum.org

“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. Through Sept. 18.

“Blue.” Exploring the creation and meaning of the cool, calming color blue on textiles ranging from Greco-Roman and pre-Columbian tunic fragments to installations by contemporary artists. Emphasis on the use of natural indigo dyes by current artists including Hiroyuki Shindo, Maria Eugenia Davila and Eduardo Portillo. Through Sept. 18.

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.

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 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, to 8 p.m. Fridays. 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 maps of imaginary locales. 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. Through June 8.

“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.” 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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