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Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Treats

Daily Zoo Programs Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Watch as Bei Bei receives a special treat each day at 9 a.m. during the Bye Bye, Bei Bei celebrations. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Postcard Station

Special Zoo Events Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Head to the postcard station next to Bei Bei's outdoor habitat to write a postcard with your well-wishes for Bei Bei! All postcards will be sent with Bei Bei to China. Categories: Celebrations. Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM.

Highlights Tour

Daily Zoo Programs Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call Natalie Sutton at 202-633-3061. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

One-Time Events Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group. The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. This exhibition is being shown concurrently in venues across the country. Visit the National Native American Veterans Memorial website for more information and to donate. Produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian,… Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Co-sponsor: San Manuel, Band of Mission Indians. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Exhibition Interpreters

Ongoing Tours & Activities Museum volunteer interpreters welcome visitors, answer questions, and help visitors navigate exhibitions. Interpreters may be stationed in several of the following exhibitions at various times throughout the day, subject to volunteer interpreter availability. The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? , The Sant Ocean Hall. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

American Experiments

Ongoing Tours & Activities Unity Square is home to American Experiments, a set of activities that invite you to explore, play, and connect with the people around you. Five experiments bring to life the themes of the surrounding exhibitions—participation, commitment, negotiation, voting, protest, and pluralism. You’ll reflect on the history of the nation we build together and consider your own role in creating the nation of tomorrow. “American Experiments” was developed by the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, and was made possible by a gift from the Julie and Greg Flynn Family Fund. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Audio Tours (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Put on a head set and immerse yourself into the highlights of the museum’s exhibits. Our curators and other experts will guide you through the museum. There is a tour for everyone in your family, from the youngest preschooler to your tween and all adults.   The adult tour is available in Mandarin and Spanish. There is also a tour that focuses on our Democracy, A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation exhibits. The tours make it easy to navigate the museum and assure that you’ll see the best of what we have to offer. The interactive activities, videos and extra information make them fun, too. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: 1 and 2 Center. Cost: Admission $7.00 each or $6.00 if you buy more than one. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Ride Simulators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (ride approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of four simulators. Experience the thrill of careening through an action-packed roller-coaster course or racing in futuristic high-speed hovercars. Choose your adventure: Cosmic Race , Bermuda Triangle , Solar Coaster , Grand Prix Raceway , Astro Canyon , Glacier Run. Note: Simulator accommodates up to 8 people per ride. Children must be 42 inches tall unless riding with an adult. Open the same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Simulator Gallery, Lower Level. Cost: Tickets always available for purchase at the entrance to the simulator gallery and may also be available at either Welcome desk. Admission Per Ride - $7.00 per person Payment Options: - Cash, VISA, and MasterCard. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Spark!Lab

Ongoing Tours & Activities Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity. Spark!Lab activities are designed around common themes that connect to National Museum of American History collections and exhibitions. Themes are developed broadly to incorporate a wide range of collections and will change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Spark!Lab, First Floor, West Wing. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Related Exhibition: Places of Invention, Inventive Minds, Landmark Object: Ralph Baer's Workshop, Inventing in America. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit invention.si.edu.

Wonderplace

Ongoing Tours & Activities This learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians. Weekdays On weekdays, admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. There may be a brief wait to enter during busy times. Weekends and Federal Holidays On weekends and federal holidays, we may use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time if needed. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required for the first session from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry is at 3:30 p.m. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Flight Simulators: Fly or Ride! (all day)

Ongoing Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of two simulators. Choose your adventure: Ride aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in an F-4 Phantom II -- as you pilot the simulator into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round , Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: West Wing, Gallery 103, Simulator Gallery. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater or Planetarium ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options - At Simulators: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At IMAX and… Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Flight Simulators: SpaceWalk or Wings (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of three ride simulators. Choose your adventure: Take a 3-D journey aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in one of two F-4 Phantom II interactive flight simulators -- as you pilot your aircraft into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round: , Daily: Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Main Level, near the simulators. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options: - At Simulator: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At Box Office: Cash or major… Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

American Indian Museum NY Native people were the original innovators of the Americas: that is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. In this family-friendly, interactive space, visitors of all ages will explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations. For more information, visit http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/imagiNATIONS/ Group reservations are required, please contact:  nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM.

Clouded Leopard Cub Viewing

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as the Zoo's two clouded leopard cubs, Jilian and Paitoon, explore their habitat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Mon. - Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail NMNHAccessibility@si.edu. This event is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Interactive Carts

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents stationed at carts help visitors get their hands on history and learn about the museum's collections. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Please note: Activity subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Spotlight Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents offer a 15-minute overview of an exhibition or briefly discuss a favorite museum object. Look for the "Docent on Duty" signs posted outside the exhibition entrances. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Notes: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Stop by the lower pools in Amazonia for the morning fish feed.  Freshwater stingrays, piranhas, or pacu may be fed during this demonstration. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Panda Keeper Q&A

Daily Zoo Programs Did you know that "panda" means bamboo-footed, or bamboo eater?  Hear from one of the zookeepers who cares for the giant pandas and red pandas found along Asia Trail. Check the board at the giant panda exhibit, or along Asia Trail to find out the exact location of today's demonstration. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly volunteer at the Welcome Desk for a 45 minute tour of the highlights of the museum. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 45-60 minute tour of Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Think Tank Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

F|S in Focus

Tours Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days before the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 11:30am | Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 12:30pm. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Ongoing Activities Story time in our Explore! space immerses you in tales of artists, presidents, inventors, athletes, and more! Before or after story time, enjoy our family space where you can play and learn about portraiture. 11:45am Daily. All ages welcome. No reservation required. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Explore! space, first floor. Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:45 AM – 12:05 PM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

CANCELED - Renwick Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: Renwick Gallery. Event Location: Meet in lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:00 PM.

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a Highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery.   NOTE:  Highlights tours will occur at the following times: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. , Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Tours are subject to cancellation or schedule changes. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street lobby. Cost: Free: Walk--in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer

Tours Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at the Freer Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

CANCELED - Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Shout!

Ongoing Tours & Activities Sing along with ring shouts of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which nourished the souls and buoyed the spirits of enslaved African Americans on rice plantations in the 19th century and inspired new forms of religious and secular music. Showtimes: Sunday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm Please note: Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Associates - Discovery Theater. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hallway, 3 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM.

Tour: Art Break

Ongoing Activities Join us at 12:30 pm for ART BREAK to spend an hour connecting artworks across a common thread. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Electric Fishes Keeper Talk & Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a zookeeper in Amazonia's Field Station exhibit to learn about electric eels and fishes. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Welcome Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly volunteer at the Welcome Desk for a 45 minute tour of the highlights of the museum. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Spontaneous Performance

Ongoing Tours & Activities Celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music at the National Museum of the American. On most weekdays, Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa, Santee Dakota and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) shares tribal songs from Alaska to Florida in the Potomac Atrium at 1 pm. At the end of his 30-minute presentation, audiences from around the world are encouraged to ask questions pertaining to the museum and Native culture. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 45-60 minute tour of Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers at the tiger yard, located along Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Treats

Daily Zoo Programs Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Watch as Bei Bei receives a special treat each day at 1:30 p.m. during the Bye Bye, Bei Bei celebrations. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Keeper's Choice

Daily Zoo Programs Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Gallery Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Each weekday afternoon at 1:30, a Cultural Interpreter provides visitors with background on the history, architecture, and work of the museum, and gives a guided tour of one of the major exhibitions—Americans, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, or The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire. Gain deeper insights into both the museum's mission and the subject of the featured exhibition, have your questions answered, and share the experience of the museum with other interested visitors. Photo: Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and the American Indian Nations.  National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for museum). Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Meet in the Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. For more info visit americanindian.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Lemur Keeper

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about lemurs from one of the zookeepers who cares for these unique primates. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lemur Island. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

CANCELED - Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Culture Connections

American Indian Museum NY Touch, investigate, inquire and learn. Objects and images tell profound stories. Join Cultural Interpreters as they share objects and narratives in our galleries. Gain a deeper understanding of history, culture, and art from hundreds of Indigenous nations in North, Central, and South America. Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Second Floor Galleries. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art

Tours Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at the Sackler Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM.

Shout!

Ongoing Tours & Activities Sing along with ring shouts of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which nourished the souls and buoyed the spirits of enslaved African Americans on rice plantations in the 19th century and inspired new forms of religious and secular music. Showtimes: Sunday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm Please note: Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Associates - Discovery Theater. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hallway, 3 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM.

Docent's Choice Tour of the Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America's Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view. Tours generally occur: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby. Cost: Free. Monday, November 11, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, November 11, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Tour: Three/Thirty

Ongoing Activities Join us at 3:30 PM for THREE/THIRTY for a unique guided tour that explores three artworks in thirty minutes. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Monday, November 11, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Treats

Daily Zoo Programs Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Watch as Bei Bei receives a special treat each day at 9 a.m. during the Bye Bye, Bei Bei celebrations. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Postcard Station

Special Zoo Events Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Head to the postcard station next to Bei Bei's outdoor habitat to write a postcard with your well-wishes for Bei Bei! All postcards will be sent with Bei Bei to China. Categories: Celebrations. Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM.

Highlights Tour

Daily Zoo Programs Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call Natalie Sutton at 202-633-3061. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

One-Time Events Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group. The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. This exhibition is being shown concurrently in venues across the country. Visit the National Native American Veterans Memorial website for more information and to donate. Produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian,… Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Co-sponsor: San Manuel, Band of Mission Indians. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Exhibition Interpreters

Ongoing Tours & Activities Museum volunteer interpreters welcome visitors, answer questions, and help visitors navigate exhibitions. Interpreters may be stationed in several of the following exhibitions at various times throughout the day, subject to volunteer interpreter availability. The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? , The Sant Ocean Hall. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

American Experiments

Ongoing Tours & Activities Unity Square is home to American Experiments, a set of activities that invite you to explore, play, and connect with the people around you. Five experiments bring to life the themes of the surrounding exhibitions—participation, commitment, negotiation, voting, protest, and pluralism. You’ll reflect on the history of the nation we build together and consider your own role in creating the nation of tomorrow. “American Experiments” was developed by the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, and was made possible by a gift from the Julie and Greg Flynn Family Fund. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Audio Tours (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Put on a head set and immerse yourself into the highlights of the museum’s exhibits. Our curators and other experts will guide you through the museum. There is a tour for everyone in your family, from the youngest preschooler to your tween and all adults.   The adult tour is available in Mandarin and Spanish. There is also a tour that focuses on our Democracy, A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation exhibits. The tours make it easy to navigate the museum and assure that you’ll see the best of what we have to offer. The interactive activities, videos and extra information make them fun, too. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: 1 and 2 Center. Cost: Admission $7.00 each or $6.00 if you buy more than one. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Ride Simulators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (ride approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of four simulators. Experience the thrill of careening through an action-packed roller-coaster course or racing in futuristic high-speed hovercars. Choose your adventure: Cosmic Race , Bermuda Triangle , Solar Coaster , Grand Prix Raceway , Astro Canyon , Glacier Run. Note: Simulator accommodates up to 8 people per ride. Children must be 42 inches tall unless riding with an adult. Open the same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Simulator Gallery, Lower Level. Cost: Tickets always available for purchase at the entrance to the simulator gallery and may also be available at either Welcome desk. Admission Per Ride - $7.00 per person Payment Options: - Cash, VISA, and MasterCard. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Flight Simulators: Fly or Ride! (all day)

Ongoing Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of two simulators. Choose your adventure: Ride aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in an F-4 Phantom II -- as you pilot the simulator into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round , Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: West Wing, Gallery 103, Simulator Gallery. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater or Planetarium ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options - At Simulators: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At IMAX and… Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Ask Me! Docents

Ongoing Tours & Activities Curious about something you see? Ask a question, and get the inside story!  Visitors are encouraged to talk with docents stationed in galleries throughout the Museum. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Ask about a docent at the welcome desk or look for a docent with an “Ask Me!” badge in the galleries. Cost: Cost:  Free; walk-up Ask Me! Docents is subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. – No programs on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Visual Art and the American Experience Military:  Double Victory. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

Flight Simulators: SpaceWalk or Wings (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of three ride simulators. Choose your adventure: Take a 3-D journey aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in one of two F-4 Phantom II interactive flight simulators -- as you pilot your aircraft into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round: , Daily: Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Main Level, near the simulators. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options: - At Simulator: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At Box Office: Cash or major… Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Ongoing Tours & Activities The interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center provides visitors of all ages with a multitude of unique learning experiences. Native peoples have always used the natural world around them to meet their needs, and today many of their innovations and inventions are part of daily life for millions worldwide. Visitors to the center can explore some of these ingenious adaptations through a variety of hands-on activities: Weave a giant basket to learn about the various styles of basketry. Explore different modes of transportation like snowshoes and skateboards. Sit inside a full-sized tipi. Learn about the buffalo. The homes where Native people lived are also designed for different environments. Visitors can find out how as they walk through an Amazonian stilt house, see what makes a Pueblo adobe house special ,or learn how a Comanche tipi is built. Be sure to stamp your imagiNATIONS passport with real tribal seals as you journey through the center. Additionally, the activity center offers stories… Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

American Indian Museum NY Native people were the original innovators of the Americas: that is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. In this family-friendly, interactive space, visitors of all ages will explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations. For more information, visit http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/imagiNATIONS/ Group reservations are required, please contact:  nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Butterfly Pavilion

Ongoing Tours & Activities Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world. Regular Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:15 AM-5:30 PM; last timed ticket at 5 PM. , Closed Mondays (Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian.), Accessibility: The Butterfly Pavilion is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor. Cost: Adults (13-59): $7.50 Seniors (60+): $7 Children (2 to 12): $6.50 Tuesdays: Free Timed entry tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion, including Free Tuesdays. Tuesday tickets are available only onsite at the Butterfly Ticket Desk. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1006103/butterfly-pavilion-entry-washington-butterfly-pavilion. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:15 AM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

Clouded Leopard Cub Viewing

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as the Zoo's two clouded leopard cubs, Jilian and Paitoon, explore their habitat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Mon. - Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail NMNHAccessibility@si.edu. This event is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Interactive Carts

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents stationed at carts help visitors get their hands on history and learn about the museum's collections. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Please note: Activity subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Spotlight Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents offer a 15-minute overview of an exhibition or briefly discuss a favorite museum object. Look for the "Docent on Duty" signs posted outside the exhibition entrances. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Notes: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Cultural Cuddles: Discovering Faces

One-Time Events Explore the museum’s art collection in search of self-portraits with your baby, engage in playful mirror activities and make funny faces together in activities that support facial feature identification. Pre-registration is mandatory and will open one week prior to the program date. Meet staff on the 1st Floor in Heritage Hall to check in. This program will take place on the 4th Floor in the overlook space. , Class size is limited to 15 infants. One adult is required for every child. , Program themes change monthly. Classes are designed for children ages birth to 12 months old. Cooing and crying are welcome! , Single strollers, tandem strollers and baby carriers are permitted but please no backpacks or back carriers. Stroller parking is available. The National Museum of African American History and Culture's Early Childhood Education Initiative supports the understanding and development of each child’s healthy racial identity, their joy in human diversity and inclusion, their sense of justice, and… Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: 4th Floor. Cost: FREE. Registration is required. Tickets will be available one week prior to the program date. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3094500/cultural-cuddlesdiscovering-faces--washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Stop by the lower pools in Amazonia for the morning fish feed.  Freshwater stingrays, piranhas, or pacu may be fed during this demonstration. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Panda Keeper Q&A

Daily Zoo Programs Did you know that "panda" means bamboo-footed, or bamboo eater?  Hear from one of the zookeepers who cares for the giant pandas and red pandas found along Asia Trail. Check the board at the giant panda exhibit, or along Asia Trail to find out the exact location of today's demonstration. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Think Tank Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

F|S in Focus

Tours Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days before the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 11:30am | Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 12:30pm. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Ongoing Activities Story time in our Explore! space immerses you in tales of artists, presidents, inventors, athletes, and more! Before or after story time, enjoy our family space where you can play and learn about portraiture. 11:45am Tuesday-Sunday. All ages welcome. No reservation required. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Explore! space, first floor. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:45 AM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

CANCELED - Renwick Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: Renwick Gallery. Event Location: Meet in lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 PM.

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a Highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery.   NOTE:  Highlights tours will occur at the following times: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. , Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Tours are subject to cancellation or schedule changes. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street lobby. Cost: Free: Walk--in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Workshops: Mindfulness & Meditation

Freer│Sackler Meditation is the process of moving from the busyness of our external environment to a place of inner quietude. In this way, meditation is simple—but frequently it doesn't feel easy. Our lives are full, and our commitments to others are significant. Most of us have little experience going inward and few tools to do so systematically. Each Tuesday we take a moment out of our day to find a comfortable posture, calm the breath, relax deeply, and awaken to effortless attention. We'll develop an effective practice to make common hurdles less troublesome and bring forward the fruits of meditation: reduced stress, improved sleep, an enhanced sense of well-being, and greater access to intuition and creative states. These free weekly drop-in sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Please join us, and then continue your contemplative practice by visiting our exhibitions. No special clothing or previous experience are required. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer

Tours Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at the Freer Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

CANCELED - Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Tour: Art Break

Ongoing Activities Join us at 12:30 pm for ART BREAK to spend an hour connecting artworks across a common thread. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Electric Fishes Keeper Talk & Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a zookeeper in Amazonia's Field Station exhibit to learn about electric eels and fishes. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Welcome Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Expert Is In: The Invasive Lionfish

One-Time Events Lionfish are native to the tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. However, with their voracious appetite and high birth rates, they have invaded the warm tropical ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, threatening native species and causing harm to marine environments. Come talk to Marine Scientist Stacey Weinstock about how scientists are exploring ways to control the population. Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail NMNHAccessibility@si.edu. This event is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 1st Floor, Sant Ocean Hall. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Sant Ocean Hall. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Spontaneous Performance

Ongoing Tours & Activities Celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music at the National Museum of the American. On most weekdays, Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa, Santee Dakota and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) shares tribal songs from Alaska to Florida in the Potomac Atrium at 1 pm. At the end of his 30-minute presentation, audiences from around the world are encouraged to ask questions pertaining to the museum and Native culture. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today Daytime Tour

Resident Associate Program The exhibition The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today presents the artwork of the 46 finalists for the fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Amy Sherald, winner of the 2016 competition, was selected by Michelle Obama to paint her portrait, now on exhibit in the NPG. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: National Portrait Gallery, 8th & G Sts NW, Washington, DC 20004, Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246815?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers at the tiger yard, located along Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Treats

Daily Zoo Programs Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Watch as Bei Bei receives a special treat each day at 1:30 p.m. during the Bye Bye, Bei Bei celebrations. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Great Ape Research Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Find out more about some of the research projects currently underway at the Great Ape House and Think Tank during this talk. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Daily Zoo Programs Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Gallery Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Each weekday afternoon at 1:30, a Cultural Interpreter provides visitors with background on the history, architecture, and work of the museum, and gives a guided tour of one of the major exhibitions—Americans, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, or The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire. Gain deeper insights into both the museum's mission and the subject of the featured exhibition, have your questions answered, and share the experience of the museum with other interested visitors. Photo: Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and the American Indian Nations.  National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for museum). Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Meet in the Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. For more info visit americanindian.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

See Me at the Portrait Gallery

One-Time Events Experience an interactive and multisensory tour of the museum tailored to individuals with dementia and their care partners.  Free. Registration required. Please contact Ashley Grady at access@si.edu. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Registration required. Please contact Ashley Grady at access@si.edu. Get Tickets: http://npg.eventbrite.com. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Lemur Keeper

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about lemurs from one of the zookeepers who cares for these unique primates. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lemur Island. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

CANCELED - Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Stamp Collecting: Gallery Experience

Ongoing Tours & Activities Come create your own topical stamp collection! A friendly volunteer will facilitate the experience, helping you think about the purpose and significance of a stamp, encouraging thoughtful conversations and acting as an information resource. Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Connect with U.S. Stamps Gallery. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Expert Is In: Insect damage on fossil plants tells a story of the history of life

One-Time Events The most obvious, omnipresent biological objects in the nonmarine world are plants in general, and leaves in particular. Virtually all leaves have insect-induced damage that was inflicted when they were alive. Besides being attacked by fungi, leaves are chewed, skeletonized, surface fed, pierced and sucked, mined, galled and bored by insects. Even insect eggs are inserted into leaf tissues. What gives? Come and discuss with Dr. Conrad Labandeira how the amazing interactions of plants their insects have shaped the past and modern world. Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail NMNHAccessibility@si.edu. This event is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 1st Floor, David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, viewing the Collectors office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140 ton Rotunda Dome by Raphael Gustavino. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Culture Connections

American Indian Museum NY Touch, investigate, inquire and learn. Objects and images tell profound stories. Join Cultural Interpreters as they share objects and narratives in our galleries. Gain a deeper understanding of history, culture, and art from hundreds of Indigenous nations in North, Central, and South America. Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Second Floor Galleries. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Walk-In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler

Tours The creation of art is a universal human endeavor, but what connects artwork across cultures and what sets them apart? Investigate artworks from across Asia, exploring commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at the Sackler Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM.

Sketching: Draw and Discover

Ongoing Tours & Activities Draw inspiration from the thousands of objects on view in the Luce Foundation Center, then create your own work of art. Each week, Luce Center staff presents a new challenge to fuel your creativity and encourage exploration of the Center. Stop by the information desk to hear the challenge, then strike out on your own to sketch the collection. Some materials are provided, but feel free to bring a small sketchbook and pencils. All levels welcome. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Docent's Choice Tour of the Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America's Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view. Tours generally occur: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Tour: Three/Thirty

Ongoing Activities Join us at 3:30 PM for THREE/THIRTY for a unique guided tour that explores three artworks in thirty minutes. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM.

Lag Zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau

Freer│Sackler The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage invites you to the launch of our trilingual online exhibition, Lag Zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau. This exhibition—available in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Tibetan—provides a look into contemporary Tibetan life and the various ways individuals and communities are adapting to rapid transformation. In partnership with the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler, we will host a panel discussion among the exhibition’s contributing writers and producers and screen a selection of short films featured in the exhibition. The talk will be followed by Tibetan fare and time to explore the exhibition Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia in the Sackler Gallery. Join us in celebrating the culmination of five years of community-driven research on the Tibetan Plateau. About the Panelists: Shamo Thar is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s College of Education, concentrating her research on international higher… Categories: After Five. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler, level B1 lobby. Cost: Free. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Introduction to Beading

Resident Associate Program In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3031, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245804?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

A Conversation with Katie Couric

Resident Associate Program In an evening that honors Katie Couric for using her voice to encourage important discussions about issues that touch American lives, she talks about topics including her career, her collaborations in new media, and how the issues and causes for which she advocates connect to her role as a journalist. Categories: After Five. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th St & Constitution Ave, NW, Metro: Federal Triangle. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246387?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Artificial Intelligence: Will It Go to Your Head Someday?

Resident Associate Program It sounds like science fiction, but cognitive scientist Susan Schneider says brain microchips and other techniques to integrate humans with artificial intelligence are under development. She addresses the implications of AI in our lives, and how to ensure that its science develops in a way that promotes human flourishing. Categories: After Five. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246341?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

DC Museums Salute the Suffragists: Tracing the Path to the Voting Booth

Resident Associate Program With the impending centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, several Washington museums are spotlighting the decades-long struggle for women’s suffrage in special exhibitions. Join tour guide Kathleen Bashian to view them and explore how the movement’s leaders and activists—as well as ordinary women—achieved that goal. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St side, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, No fringe stop on this tour. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246370?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Treats

Daily Zoo Programs Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Watch as Bei Bei receives a special treat each day at 9 a.m. during the Bye Bye, Bei Bei celebrations. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Postcard Station

Special Zoo Events Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Head to the postcard station next to Bei Bei's outdoor habitat to write a postcard with your well-wishes for Bei Bei! All postcards will be sent with Bei Bei to China. Categories: Celebrations. Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM.

An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Resident Associate Program Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on the 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, focusing on its woodlands, wildlife, and history. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt, Island parking lot next to the footbridge. . Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246371?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Highlights Tour

Daily Zoo Programs Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call Natalie Sutton at 202-633-3061. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

One-Time Events Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group. The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. This exhibition is being shown concurrently in venues across the country. Visit the National Native American Veterans Memorial website for more information and to donate. Produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian,… Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Co-sponsor: San Manuel, Band of Mission Indians. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Drawn to Figures: How to Draw Feet

One-Time Events This drawing workshop series highlights portraits in our permanent collection. led by artist Jill Galloway, each session includes instruction and materials.  Open to artists of all levels, ages 18 and up. Because the workshop begins before the museum opens to the public, please plan to arrive at the 8th and G Street, NW entrance at 9:45 a.m. so we may begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. To register visit npg.eventbrite.com  Other workshops in this series: November 6 & 9: How to Draw Hands November 13 & 16: How to Draw Feet. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Registration required. Link below. Get Tickets: http://npg.eventbrite.com. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Curator

Daily Zoo Programs Join Primate Curator Meredith Bastian for a meet-and-greet in the Great Ape House.  Learn about the Zoo's orangutans, their status in the wild, and how you can help these incredible primates during this special Orangutan Caring Week talk. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Exhibition Interpreters

Ongoing Tours & Activities Museum volunteer interpreters welcome visitors, answer questions, and help visitors navigate exhibitions. Interpreters may be stationed in several of the following exhibitions at various times throughout the day, subject to volunteer interpreter availability. The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? , The Sant Ocean Hall. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

American Experiments

Ongoing Tours & Activities Unity Square is home to American Experiments, a set of activities that invite you to explore, play, and connect with the people around you. Five experiments bring to life the themes of the surrounding exhibitions—participation, commitment, negotiation, voting, protest, and pluralism. You’ll reflect on the history of the nation we build together and consider your own role in creating the nation of tomorrow. “American Experiments” was developed by the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, and was made possible by a gift from the Julie and Greg Flynn Family Fund. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Audio Tours (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Put on a head set and immerse yourself into the highlights of the museum’s exhibits. Our curators and other experts will guide you through the museum. There is a tour for everyone in your family, from the youngest preschooler to your tween and all adults.   The adult tour is available in Mandarin and Spanish. There is also a tour that focuses on our Democracy, A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation exhibits. The tours make it easy to navigate the museum and assure that you’ll see the best of what we have to offer. The interactive activities, videos and extra information make them fun, too. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: 1 and 2 Center. Cost: Admission $7.00 each or $6.00 if you buy more than one. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Ride Simulators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (ride approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of four simulators. Experience the thrill of careening through an action-packed roller-coaster course or racing in futuristic high-speed hovercars. Choose your adventure: Cosmic Race , Bermuda Triangle , Solar Coaster , Grand Prix Raceway , Astro Canyon , Glacier Run. Note: Simulator accommodates up to 8 people per ride. Children must be 42 inches tall unless riding with an adult. Open the same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Simulator Gallery, Lower Level. Cost: Tickets always available for purchase at the entrance to the simulator gallery and may also be available at either Welcome desk. Admission Per Ride - $7.00 per person Payment Options: - Cash, VISA, and MasterCard. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Spark!Lab

Ongoing Tours & Activities Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity. Spark!Lab activities are designed around common themes that connect to National Museum of American History collections and exhibitions. Themes are developed broadly to incorporate a wide range of collections and will change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Spark!Lab, First Floor, West Wing. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Related Exhibition: Places of Invention, Inventive Minds, Landmark Object: Ralph Baer's Workshop, Inventing in America. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit invention.si.edu.

Wonderplace

Ongoing Tours & Activities This learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians. Weekdays On weekdays, admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. There may be a brief wait to enter during busy times. Weekends and Federal Holidays On weekends and federal holidays, we may use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time if needed. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required for the first session from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry is at 3:30 p.m. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Flight Simulators: Fly or Ride! (all day)

Ongoing Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of two simulators. Choose your adventure: Ride aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in an F-4 Phantom II -- as you pilot the simulator into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round , Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: West Wing, Gallery 103, Simulator Gallery. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater or Planetarium ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options - At Simulators: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At IMAX and… Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

STORYTIME

Ongoing Activities STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Each week features a fresh and fun theme. Bring your littlest art lover for an introduction to an artist on view, interactive read aloud, and a hands-on activity. Nursing moms are welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn Lobby and Lower Level. Groups of 10 or more should contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance. Please note: snacks are not allowed inside museum galleries, but you may eat outside on our Plaza, or in the ground floor lobby and cafe before or after the program. ASL interpretation will be provided for this program. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet in Lobby. Cost: Free. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

Flight Simulators: SpaceWalk or Wings (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of three ride simulators. Choose your adventure: Take a 3-D journey aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in one of two F-4 Phantom II interactive flight simulators -- as you pilot your aircraft into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round: , Daily: Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Main Level, near the simulators. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options: - At Simulator: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At Box Office: Cash or major… Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Ongoing Tours & Activities The interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center provides visitors of all ages with a multitude of unique learning experiences. Native peoples have always used the natural world around them to meet their needs, and today many of their innovations and inventions are part of daily life for millions worldwide. Visitors to the center can explore some of these ingenious adaptations through a variety of hands-on activities: Weave a giant basket to learn about the various styles of basketry. Explore different modes of transportation like snowshoes and skateboards. Sit inside a full-sized tipi. Learn about the buffalo. The homes where Native people lived are also designed for different environments. Visitors can find out how as they walk through an Amazonian stilt house, see what makes a Pueblo adobe house special ,or learn how a Comanche tipi is built. Be sure to stamp your imagiNATIONS passport with real tribal seals as you journey through the center. Additionally, the activity center offers stories… Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

American Indian Museum NY Native people were the original innovators of the Americas: that is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. In this family-friendly, interactive space, visitors of all ages will explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations. For more information, visit http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/imagiNATIONS/ Group reservations are required, please contact:  nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Butterfly Pavilion

Ongoing Tours & Activities Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world. Regular Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:15 AM-5:30 PM; last timed ticket at 5 PM. , Closed Mondays (Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian.), Accessibility: The Butterfly Pavilion is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor. Cost: Adults (13-59): $7.50 Seniors (60+): $7 Children (2 to 12): $6.50 Tuesdays: Free Timed entry tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion, including Free Tuesdays. Tuesday tickets are available only onsite at the Butterfly Ticket Desk. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1006103/butterfly-pavilion-entry-washington-butterfly-pavilion. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:15 AM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM.

Clouded Leopard Cub Viewing

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as the Zoo's two clouded leopard cubs, Jilian and Paitoon, explore their habitat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Mon. - Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail NMNHAccessibility@si.edu. This event is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Interactive Carts

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents stationed at carts help visitors get their hands on history and learn about the museum's collections. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Please note: Activity subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Spotlight Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents offer a 15-minute overview of an exhibition or briefly discuss a favorite museum object. Look for the "Docent on Duty" signs posted outside the exhibition entrances. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Notes: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Stop by the lower pools in Amazonia for the morning fish feed.  Freshwater stingrays, piranhas, or pacu may be fed during this demonstration. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Panda Keeper Q&A

Daily Zoo Programs Did you know that "panda" means bamboo-footed, or bamboo eater?  Hear from one of the zookeepers who cares for the giant pandas and red pandas found along Asia Trail. Check the board at the giant panda exhibit, or along Asia Trail to find out the exact location of today's demonstration. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Flights of Fancy -- Stories for Children

Ongoing Tours & Activities Hear museum staff read children's stories about aviation or space exploration; then try your hand at a hands-on activity. Story time will take place most Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 11:00 and 11:30 am. See the National Air and Space Museum website for today's title. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Visit the National Air and Space Museum website for story time location. Cost: Free, parking $15. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Think Tank Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Ongoing Activities Story time in our Explore! space immerses you in tales of artists, presidents, inventors, athletes, and more! Before or after story time, enjoy our family space where you can play and learn about portraiture. 11:45am Tuesday-Sunday. All ages welcome. No reservation required. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Explore! space, first floor. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:45 AM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

View the Sun with Safe Telescopes

Ongoing Activities Become an astronomer using our solar-filtered telescopes. We will be there to help you observe the Sun, Moon, and other objects in space, as well as answer any questions you have. Details: Our Observatory is free. , We are open to the public, weather permitting. , Follow @airandspace on Twitter for weather and closure updates, or ask at the Museum's Welcome Center. , Accessibility: The Observatory dome and terrace are accessible via ramp or steps. Written and touchable explanatory materials are available. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Braille. Sensory Programs. Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Renwick Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: Renwick Gallery. Event Location: Meet in lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 PM.

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a Highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery.   NOTE:  Highlights tours will occur at the following times: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. , Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Tours are subject to cancellation or schedule changes. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street lobby. Cost: Free: Walk--in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Home Cooking, Cuban-style: Hot Lunch at Cuba Libre

Resident Associate Program The best food in Cuba can be found in paladares, small private restaurants generally run out of family homes. Join chef and cookbook author Guillermo Pernot as he serves up a paladares-inspired meal at his D.C. eatery, Cuba Libre. Categories: Culinary Arts. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Cuba Libre Restaurant, 801 9th St NW, Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246342?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, walk-in tours at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will highlight a work by or about American Indians. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Tour: Art Break

Ongoing Activities Join us at 12:30 pm for ART BREAK to spend an hour connecting artworks across a common thread. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Electric Fishes Keeper Talk & Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a zookeeper in Amazonia's Field Station exhibit to learn about electric eels and fishes. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Joint SAAM/NPG Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore two incredible art collections under one roof!  Join docents from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery for a joint highlights tour.  Experience the best of both museums and discover the unique history of their shared building. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Welcome Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Spontaneous Performance

Ongoing Tours & Activities Celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music at the National Museum of the American. On most weekdays, Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa, Santee Dakota and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) shares tribal songs from Alaska to Florida in the Potomac Atrium at 1 pm. At the end of his 30-minute presentation, audiences from around the world are encouraged to ask questions pertaining to the museum and Native culture. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Joint Tour of the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum

Ongoing Activities Joint tours of the Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum take place weekly at 1 p.m. so drop in for this lively tour of both museums! Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meets in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free: Walk-in tour. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

Culinary Connections

American Indian Museum NY Discover the Native origins of your favorite meals. Record a family recipe or food memory and design a recipe box. Share connections between culture and food and leave with a new recipe to try at home. Categories: Culinary Arts. Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, imagiNATIONS Activity Center Classrom. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour: Masks and Transformations

American Indian Museum NY Join a museum ambassador as they take you through the meaning of five of the masks in Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: free. Related Exhibition: Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers at the tiger yard, located along Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Treats

Daily Zoo Programs Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Watch as Bei Bei receives a special treat each day at 1:30 p.m. during the Bye Bye, Bei Bei celebrations. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, Giant Panda Habitat. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Keeper's Choice

Daily Zoo Programs Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Gallery Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Each weekday afternoon at 1:30, a Cultural Interpreter provides visitors with background on the history, architecture, and work of the museum, and gives a guided tour of one of the major exhibitions—Americans, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, or The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire. Gain deeper insights into both the museum's mission and the subject of the featured exhibition, have your questions answered, and share the experience of the museum with other interested visitors. Photo: Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and the American Indian Nations.  National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for museum). Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Meet in the Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. For more info visit americanindian.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Lemur Keeper

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about lemurs from one of the zookeepers who cares for these unique primates. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lemur Island. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, walk-in tours at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will highlight a work by or about American Indians. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, viewing the Collectors office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140 ton Rotunda Dome by Raphael Gustavino. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free. Related Events: Tours. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Culture Connections

American Indian Museum NY Touch, investigate, inquire and learn. Objects and images tell profound stories. Join Cultural Interpreters as they share objects and narratives in our galleries. Gain a deeper understanding of history, culture, and art from hundreds of Indigenous nations in North, Central, and South America. Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Second Floor Galleries. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art

Tours Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at the Sackler Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM.

Docent's Choice Tour of the Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America's Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view. Tours generally occur: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Tour: Three/Thirty

Ongoing Activities Join us at 3:30 PM for THREE/THIRTY for a unique guided tour that explores three artworks in thirty minutes. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Street Heroines

One-Time Events Street Heroines is a documentary film that looks at the courage and creativity of female street artists from around the world. From New York City, where Lady Pink and Claw $$ paved the way for female artists to use the streets as canvas, to São Paulo and Mexico City, Street Heroines gives voice to women fighting social injustice with creativity in a male-dominated subculture. A conversation with the film’s director, Alexandra Henry, and George Washington University Documentary Center Director Nina Gilden Seavey, follows the screening. Rated NR (50 minutes; 2019). Categories: Films. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: McEvoy Auditorium. Cost: Free; Registration recommended. Get Tickets: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp&invite=g622ubpxxy9bkjzx7x7000hxg993tdes70xpzf14dxrzx873rkv0. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 PM.

Conversation Pieces

One-Time Events Want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary art? Join Joanna Marsh, SAAM’s Deputy Education Chair, Head of Interpretation and Audience Research, for this ongoing series of gallery talks. Marsh uses a single artwork from the museum’s collection to spark conversation and close looking. Categories: After Five. Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Yoga in Luce

One-Time Events Bring your mat and relax with this vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series. Reflect on a work in the Luce Foundation Center before unwinding with a one hour yoga session led by certified instructor, Alicia Moyer. Please note: participants must register online with the purchase tickets link above. We do not accept cash at the door. Categories: After Five. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor. Cost: $10. Get Tickets: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp&invite=03376a7aw0gjf1p9z6sr2rs35t6xj9jy1mxsvaudemfwgjsr9ufm. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Orville Wright's Redemption: The Story Behind the First Military Airplane

Resident Associate Program Aviation writer and filmmaker Paul Glenshaw screens rare reconstructed film footage from 1909 as he traces how the Wright Brothers persuaded the U.S. Army that the future of combat was airborne. That story also reflects a pivotal confluence of emerging technologies that would shape much of the 20th century: the airplane and the motion picture. Categories: After Five. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246343?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Cultural Connections: Mindful Eating for the Holidays

One-Time Events Foods represent an important cultural touchstone during the holidays. However, many dishes, while delicious, are not always the healthiest choices. Noted food historian, Dr. Jessica B. Harris, and Kaiser Permanente Psychiatrist, Dr. Kristie Mitchell, will discuss why certain holiday dishes evoke strong emotions. They will suggest how to moderate intake, and give tips to adapt recipes using more healthful ingredients, as well as other techniques on how to make healthy choices while still maintaining your emotional and cultural ties to the holiday. There will be a reception following the program. This event is made possible through the support of Kaiser Permanente. Image from the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Myesha Francis -Agwe. Categories: After Five. Culinary Arts. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Oprah Winfrey Theater. Cost: Free-Tickets Required. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.