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Soar Together at Air and Space: Moon Missions Past and Present

One-Time Events Learn about moon landings past and future during our virtual Soar Together at Air and Space! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission. Discover what we learned during this moon mission, and explore how the moon missions impacted families around the world. Learn more about Artemis, the next lunar exploration mission set to launch in 2024. Sign up HERE to receive reminder emails when the Soar Together @ Air and Space webpage launches! Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 9, 2022 – Saturday, December 10, 2022. For more info visit mailchi.mp.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation!     Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. On December 9, the museum will unveil the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, the temporary exhibition (re) Framing Conversations: Photographs by Richard Avedon, 1946–1965, and a video installation on gaming history. Anchoring the Culture Wing through iconic objects from the museum’s renowned collection join graphics, video, and compelling stories in Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. From December 9 to 18, visitors can enjoy dynamic conversations about the cultural impact of entertainment, intimate talks with curators, sneak peeks at objects from the national collection, film screenings of pop culture classics, free activities, and musical performances that bring entertainment history to life.     FESTIVAL SCHEDULE… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

IN-GALLERY | Writing Workshop Inspired by I Dream a World

One-Time Events Imagine if you could speak with Maya Angelou or Septima Poinsette Clark — what would you ask these extraordinary women? In this poetry writing workshop, we will celebrate and honor the lives and work of the African American women featured in “I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women.” Using guided poetry writing exercises, we will explore, discover and pay tribute while imagining a new world together. Open to writers of all levels, ages 18+. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Workshops. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Flights of Fancy Story Time: Author Book Reading with Joyce Lapin

Ongoing Activities Tune in as author Joyce Lapin reads her exuberant story, If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon and consider how a party in space would be different from one on Earth! Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Zoom. Cost: Free with registration. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Related Events: Soar Together @ Air and Space Family Program. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.

The Holidays in Old Town Alexandria

Resident Associate Program Step back in time as you stroll along Old Town Alexandria’s red-brick sidewalks to explore how Christmases of yesteryear were celebrated here. The rich history shared by guide Lynn O’Connell covers the people, places, and traditions that make Old Town a picture-perfect spot during the holiday season. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Tour meets at 1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255551?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Gallery Talks & Tours. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits inspired by historical photographs.  I Go To Prepare A Place For You is based upon a portrait of underground railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Learn what the artwork reveals about Tubman’s complexity as a person, including her African ancestry, bravery, and legacy as an agent of change. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler, Level 4. Talks take place at: 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, and 12:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255589?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 9, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255591?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Friday, December 9, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Orchids for the Holidays

Resident Associate Program Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant orchid centerpiece. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255444?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

Resident Associate Program The Barnes is often considered the greatest post-impressionist and early-modern art collection in the world. Join Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen as she covers its history and uses unique high-definition Deep Zoom technology to offer closeup looks at masterpieces that reveal their surfaces and details in ways that bring the art and the artists to vivid life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255560?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the session here. Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free online meditation sessions each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. Sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collection as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Early Autumn in Urayasu, Kawase Hasui (1883–1857), Japan, Showa era, 1931/10, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, Robert O. Muller Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2003.8.763. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Workshops. Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM.

Monsoon: Histories and Futures

Talks and Lectures Hybrid event  In-person attendees register on eventbrite here.  Virtual attendees register on Zoom here.    The monsoon looms large in the painting, poetry, and music of South Asia, its torrential downpours evoking loving, longing moods and auguring a season of abundance. This weather event has historically structured the year’s seasonal rhythms and played a role not just in agriculture, but in a host of economic, political, and legal systems. Today, climate change threatens to destabilize the monsoon, disrupting the lives of billions and requiring new adaptations to its increasing unpredictability.    Bringing together an environmental historian, an art historian, and a climate scientist, this program will speak to the history of the monsoon as both an ecological and a cultural phenomenon and its future in our changing climate. Exploring the influence of the monsoon on the rich visual archive of A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur will yield new insights into these paintings and the multifaceted… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Friday, December 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Friday, December 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255592?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Kids & Families. Friday, December 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Friday, December 9, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Friday, December 9, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

SOLD OUT: Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music / De las raíces al pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell y los ingredientes de la música estadounidense

One-Time Events This event is sold out. Created in collaboration with the Americana Music Foundation, this opening event of the Roots to Pop series focuses on the importance of Blues music in the legacy of American popular music and its history as a foundational and ever-vibrant musical scene. Featuring Blues legend Taj Mahal in conversation with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Allison Russell, this event will explore the history of American music and the careers of these two artists through discussion and song.  Registration is required and will begin on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 10:00 am EST. In the meantime, RSVP for the festival here to be among the first to receive updates on program registration, news, and more!  The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. This event is wheelchair accessible. ASL services, real-time captioning in English and in Spanish, and assistive listening devices will be provided. Additional accommodations are available upon request; please email… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hall of Music, 3 West. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roots-to-pop-taj-mahal-allison-russell-and-the-makings-of-american-music-tickets-464299952657?aff=L4. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Performances. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 9, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Cosmic Sex

Films Register here: https://rthtindia.eventive.org/films   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS7lhFQknUw    Amitabh Chakraborty’s daring independent feature explores the connection between sex and spirituality by drawing on the Indian tradition of deha tattva (“the doctrine of the body”), an ancient practice whose methods are still passed from gurus to disciples today. It is the story of Kripa, a young man on the run in Kolkata after assaulting his father when he’s caught trying to seduce his stepmother. By chance, he meets Sadhavi, a woman who eerily resembles his dead mother. She takes him in and begins teaching him the ways of deha tattva to heal his soul. Rii Sen won the best actress award at Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema for her bold performance as Sadhavi. Intended for mature audiences. (Dir.: Amitabh Chakraborty, India, 2013, 96 min. DCP, Bengali with English subtitles) Images courtesy of Putul Mahmoud. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, December 9, 2022, 7:00 PM.

A Traveler's Guide to the Stars: The Possibilities of Interstellar Exploration

Resident Associate Program The age-old dream of venturing forth into the cosmos and even colonizing distant worlds may one day become a reality. Physicist, author, and NASA technologist Les Johnson reveals the physics and technologies that may enable us to reach the stars. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255268?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 9, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE  December 10  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Family Activities   10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Puppet-making    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Retro Arcade    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Costumed Characters   11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Invent It!    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Spotlight: Sam and Friends book signing and Objects out of Storage with Craig Shemin and Ryan Lintelman  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | The Shredding Zoo: Explore and play guitar, bass, or ‘ukulele with the Fender Play Foundation.    3:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Film Screening: The Wizard of Oz (1939)  Select… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Soar Together at Air and Space Family Day: Moon Missions Past and Present

One-Time Events Learn about moon landings past and future during this month's Soar Together at Air and Space! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission. Discover what we learned during this moon mission, and explore how the moon missions impacted families around the world. Learn more about Artemis, the next lunar exploration mission set to launch in 2024. Activities include: Screening of "One Small Visit" a short 30-minute film by director Jo Chim, following by a Q&A led by NASM curator Teasel Muir-Harmony (reservations required);  , Demonstrations and hands-on explorations; , Conversations and Q&As about lunar science with scientists from NASM's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies; , Shapes on the Moon art activity;  , "Train like an Astronaut" activities , And more! Soar Together at Air and Space Family Days are free to the public, however, timed entry passes are required for entry into the museum. Reserve your passes here. Soar Together at Air and Space is made possible by the… Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Museum Exhibits. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Demonstrations. Performances. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Flights of Fancy Story Time: Author Book Reading with Joyce Lapin

Ongoing Activities Tune in as author Joyce Lapin reads her exuberant story, If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon and consider how a party in space would be different from one on Earth! ​​​​​​​ASL interpretation will be provided for this program. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Zoom. Cost: Free with registration. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Related Events: Soar Together @ Air and Space Family Program. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.

Maker Morning: Illuminate the Season

Ongoing Tours & Activities For kids (and adults!) of all ages During the darkest month of the year, brighten up your weekend at the Hirshhorn! Makers of all ages are welcome to join us to mix light and color, play with shadows, and create their own LED light sculpture with Boolean Girl.  Find us throughout the Museum. Stroller parking is available in the Lobby and Lower Level. WHAT’S HAPPENING Hands-on maker stations throughout the Museum including color and light mixing, flashlight play, and light sculpting.  10 am–1 pm | Museum. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Co-sponsor: Boolean Girl. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Museum-Wide. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

White-Line Woodblock Printing II

Resident Associate Program Learn a variety of advanced techniques as you create multiple prints from your favorite white-line woodcut block. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255460?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Explore Kwanzaa!

One-Time Events Explore Kwanzaa! Bring the kids and join our guest, Grammy-nominated artist “The Culture Queen,” for this one-day music and craft-filled exploration of the only holiday born in the Black Power movement of the 1960s. Plus, check out our latest gallery experience The Utopia Project: Inspiration for Creative Activism. Sponsor: Anacostia Community Museum. Venue: Anacostia Community Museum. Event Location: 1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-kwanzaa-tickets-473432919607. Categories: Celebrations. Kids & Families. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

CANCELLED - Big Objects, Big Stories: Angola Prison Guard Tower

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object.  About this Program: Guests can explore the 20-foot-tall Angola Prison guard tower, that towers above the Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 exhibition. Originally a slave plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River, visitors will learn how Angola grew into a brutal, privately owned prison that leased out convicts as forced laborers after the Civil War. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Angola Guard Tower, C2. Talks take place at: 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 . Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Weekend Workshops

Ongoing Tours & Activities Calling all artists! Get creative during our drop-in workshops for all ages. Learn about artists and changemakers and create art inspired by their stories. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Education Center, E151. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

SOLD OUT: In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street / En conversación: el impacto de Plaza Sésamo

One-Time Events This event is sold out. Sesame Street is one of the best-loved children’s television series of all time, but also one of the most revolutionary. In using television to teach, Sesame’s creators and performers have particularly sought to reach children from minority backgrounds and lower-income families lacking access to educational materials. Join Sesame Workshop’s Akimi Gibson, Rosita puppeteer/performer Carmen Osbahr, and cast member Alan Muraoka for a discussion of Sesame Street’s history and mission to represent and reach all young learners, especially those who have traditionally been underrepresented in children’s television.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public.  The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. This event is wheelchair accessible. ASL services, real-time captioning in… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-conversation-the-impact-of-sesame-street-tickets-449846933287?aff=L4. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Film Screening and Q&A: One Small Visit

One-Time Events Join us for a film screening of One Small Visit, a 30-minute film written and directed by Jo Chim. One Small Visit is the incredible true story of an immigrant Indian family who unexpectedly passes through the tiny Midwest hometown of Neil Armstrong in the wake of the '69 moon landing and the civil rights movement and ends up on the doorstep of the Armstrong home. After the screening, National Air and Space Museum curator Teasel Muir-Harmony, advisor to the film, will lead a Q&A session with members of the family depicted in the film. Please note Museum requires timed entry passes to enter. In addition to making a reservation to this screening, you need a timed pass to enter the Museum. The Museum recommends you book passes for 12 noon or earlier to ensure timeliness for the 1:00 screening. Information and reservations for passes can be found HERE. This program is part of the Soar Together at Air and Space Family Day: Moon Missions Past and Present.  Soar Together at Air and Space is made possible by the… Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Planetarium. Cost: Free with registration. Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the museum. Categories: Films. Kids & Families. Related Events: Soar Together at Air and Space Family Day: Moon Missions Past and Present. Related Exhibition: Destination Moon, National Air and Space Museum. Accessibility: Captioning. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

Yamuna/Anacostia: Rivers and Environmental Justice

Talks and Lectures Hybrid event  In-person attendees register on eventbrite here.  Virtual attendees register on Zoom here.    From the Yamuna River in northern India to the Anacostia River running through Washington, DC, and Maryland, the fate of rivers in urban centers reveals that the consequences of industrialization are often felt most intensely by those already marginalized along racial, religious, caste, and socioeconomic divisions. This program will draw on key themes from the current exhibitions A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur and Unstill Waters: Contemporary Photography from India, creating dialogue with the National Museum of Asian Art’s environs in Washington, DC. Artists and scholars will explore the parallel histories of the Yamuna and Anacostia Rivers, contemporary community-led efforts to address the harm done to the rivers and the communities that rely on them, and the role of image-making as a tool for environmental justice.    Speakers include:  Ravi Agarwal, artist, environmental campaigner,… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

CANCELLED - Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Film Screening: The Wizard of Oz (1939) / Proyección de películas: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

One-Time Events Experience a special screening of The Wizard of Oz at the home of the ruby slippers.  The Wizard of Oz is a film about Dorothy’s (a Kansas farm girl) journey to a magical land and was based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In addition to its many other merits, the MGM movie ranks as a milestone in the history of Technicolor because of its extensive color sequences set in the Land of Oz. The magical shoes, changed from the book’s silver slippers to those with an iridescent red hue, played a central role in the film.  Before the screening, visit the ruby slippers on display in the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation in the museum’s Culture Wing.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public.  The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. This event is… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-the-wizard-of-oz-1939-tickets-453867809837?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Films. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Captioning. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Special Exhibition Tour. A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art is eager to offer visitors new experiences through a free, hour-long, docent-led tour featuring one of the special exhibitions. Don’t miss a unique chance to explore modern and ancient artworks from Japan to Yemen. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at Sackler information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Artist Talk: Ravi Agarwal

Talks and Lectures Free, no registration required    Join curator Carol Huh and artist Ravi Agarwal to discuss works in the exhibition Unstill Waters. Image: Riverbank I, Ravi Agarwal (b. 1958), India, 2007, inkjet print, Gift of Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2019.6.4. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler gallery 23. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 4:00 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Holidays at Winterthur and Longwood Gardens: Featuring Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House

Resident Associate Program Kick off your holidays in grand style with a day spent visiting two special destinations. Begin at Winterthur to view the opulent holiday décor and take in the exhibition Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House. An evening visit to nearby Longwood Gardens offers time on your own to relax, wander the grounds, and take in the spectacular seasonal decorations. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255561?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE  December 11  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Family Activities   10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Puppet-making    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Retro Arcade    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Costumed Characters   11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Invent It!      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | The Legacy of Anna May Wong with Anna Wong, Ryan Lintelman, and Theodore S. Gonzalves  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Live in Flag Hall:  Join Semilla Cultural for a live musical performance.    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | The Shredding Zoo: Explore and play guitar, bass, or ‘ukulele with the Fender Play Foundation.      2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Live in Flag Hall:  Join Semilla… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

SOLD OUT: The Legacy of Anna May Wong / El legado de Anna May Wong

One-Time Events This event is sold out. Any history of the American silent film era would be incomplete without mention of Anna May Wong (1905–1961), a Chinese American actor who became a global superstar. With a career spanning motion pictures, television, and theater, Wong faced discrimination in Hollywood and continually championed the need for increased representation and more multidimensional roles for Asian American actors. Wong left a lasting legacy for Asian American women in the entertainment industry. In 2022 she became the first Asian American to appear on U.S. currency as part of the American Women Quarters Program.   Join Wong’s niece, Anna Wong, and National Museum of American History curators Ryan Lintelman and Theo Gonzalves for a discussion on the actor’s legacy in film and activism. The program will include a screening of clips from Wong’s films.   Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we rea… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hall of Music, 3 West. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-legacy-of-anna-may-wong-tickets-473563339697?aff=L4. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Weekend Workshops

Ongoing Tours & Activities Calling all artists! Get creative during our drop-in workshops for all ages. Learn about artists and changemakers and create art inspired by their stories. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Education Center, E151. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Decking the Halls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Resident Associate Program Author and historian Coleen Christian Burke, a 2014 White House design partner, leads a journey through Christmas history as she reveals how the annual decorating themes developed by first ladies are turned into sparkling realities. She also discusses how the holiday White House functions as both a private home and public space and offers views of some of the most memorable seasonal settings created at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Online Link: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255577?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255577?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Churuli

Films Register here: https://rthtindia.eventive.org/films   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eavWxym8DGw    Set in the lush countryside of the Indian state of Kerala, Lijo Jose Pellissery’s atmospheric, metaphysical thriller starts with two undercover cops on their way to the remote titular village in search of a wanted criminal. The villagers barely believe the cops’ cover story that they are there to work on a farm and take great pleasure in verbally abusing them with their impressively creative array of obscene insults. What at first seems like a straightforward thriller evolves into a labyrinth of stranger and stranger incidents, prompting film critic Sajesh Mohan to warn that the movie will “throw your world into a perpetual spiral.” Intended for mature audiences. (Dir.: Lijo Jose Pellissery, India, 2021, 120 min. DCP, Mayalayam with English subtitles) Images courtesy of Lijo Jose Pellissery. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2:00 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Film Screening: Batman (1989) / Proyección de películas: Batman (1989)

One-Time Events Experience a special screening of Batman (1989) after visiting our new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation in the museum’s Culture Wing.  Tim Burton directs; Michael Keaton stars as Batman; and Jack Nicholson stars as his arch foe, The Joker. As the Dark Knight, defender of law and order in Gotham City, Batman treads the shadow zone between right and wrong, fighting with only his skill in martial arts and his keenly honed mind to defend the innocent and to purge the memory of his parents' brutal murder—always keeping his true identity as millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne a closely guarded secret. Based upon Batman characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public.  The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. This event is… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-batman-1989-tickets-450495723837?aff=L4. Categories: Films. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Captioning. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Special Exhibition Tour. A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art is eager to offer visitors new experiences through a free, hour-long, docent-led tour featuring one of the special exhibitions. Don’t miss a unique chance to explore modern and ancient artworks from Japan to Yemen. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at Sackler information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Cannonball

Resident Associate Program Under the artistic direction of maestro Charlie Young, enjoy outstanding live performances of great jazz music by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This in-person concert highlights the legacy and music of gifted alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: National Museum of American History Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255514?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Performances. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, December 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255593?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Kids & Families. Monday, December 12, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

Young Portrait Explorers: 'Toast' by Laura Karetzky

One-Time Events Join us at the museum for an engaging program about art, history and storytelling. For children up to age six and their adult companions. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Registration required. Categories: Kids & Families. Monday, December 12, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, December 12, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255594?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Monday, December 12, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Castle Stories: Where It All Began

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents  and learn about the history of the Smithsonian, its first Secretary, Joseph Henry and discover why this great American Institution is named after a British aristocrat. 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 some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Automatic Zoom captions will be turned on for this event. … Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Accessibility: Captioning. Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits inspired by historical photographs.  I Go To Prepare A Place For You is based upon a portrait of underground railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Learn what the artwork reveals about Tubman’s complexity as a person, including her African ancestry, bravery, and legacy as an agent of change. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler, Level 4. Talks take place at: 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience. Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:15 PM – 3:30 PM.

Building St. Peter's Basilica

Resident Associate Program After 100 years of construction, the reign of 18 different popes, and the direction of 12 different architects, St. Peter’s Basilica was finally completed in 1626. Rocky Ruggiero, an architectural historian and specialist in the Italian Renaissance, explores the dramatic construction history of this great church and the breathtaking artwork by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini that adorns it. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255269?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255595?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255596?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Kids & Families. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Sneak Peek—What Lies Beneath: Japanese Mounting Formats from the Cowles Collection

Talks and Lectures Register here: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QP6QNXRdTTOiOVgzkn8Xjw A hanging scroll is one of the most important formats for displaying paintings in Eastern Asia. In Japan, different styles of hanging scrolls developed—over time and with cultural growth–into a range of formats that always relate mainly to the painting subject. These various mounting types can be divided into two categories: one defined by levels of formality and a second, more general group referred to as literati-style mountings. These latter styles became popular around the Meiji period (1868–1912) due to renewed interest in Chinese art and culture. Combined with industrialization and dynamic social change at this time, historically unique and unusual mounting variants also appeared. This talk will give an overview of these styles and then focus on several examples of literati-style mountings from the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection.    Akiko Niwa is a Japanese painting conservator in the East Asian Painting… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Favorite Movies: Glamour, Mystery, Corruption, and Unexpected Love

Resident Associate Program Our favorite moments in films never leave us. In a fall series, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits more of our favorite movies and characters, the people who dreamed them up, and the lasting memories they made in our lives and our myths. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session showcases these films: Moonstruck and Notting Hill.</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255327?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Workshops. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: Angola Prison Guard Tower

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Guests can explore the 20-foot-tall Angola Prison guard tower, that towers above the Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 exhibition. Originally a slave plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River, visitors will learn how Angola grew into a brutal, privately owned prison that leased out convicts as forced laborers after the Civil War. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Angola Guard Tower, C2. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Smithsonian Board of Regents Annual Public Forum

Smithsonian Sponsored Events The Smithsonian Board of Regents will hold its annual public forum as a live, virtual webcast. Participants will discuss the Institution’s five-year strategic priorities and the creation of two new Smithsonian museums—the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. Sponsor: Special Smithsonian Event. Event Location: Online. Online Link: https://www.si.edu/regents/webcasts. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

In The Pandemic's Wake: Embracing Many Ways of Knowing to Inform Action

One-Time Events December 13, 2022: Embracing Many Ways of Knowing to Inform Action Embracing intersectional perspectives and the many ways of knowing found in cultures and communities can empower ourselves and each other to be active members of the world.  Join the conversation moderated by Smithsonian Curator of Digital and Emerging Media, Adriel Luis, with leaders who are affecting social change and transformation in their communities today. The discussion features Tiffany Beam (Artist-scholar, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), Jaclyn Roessel (Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the San Diego Museum of Man), and Jacqueline Thanh (Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans). This program is part of the fall series In the Pandemic’s Wake: Social Change and Reflection with Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders presented by Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Asian Pacific American Center with federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. After Five. Accessibility: Captioning. ASL-interpreted program. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Lost Civilizations: The Incas

Resident Associate Program The Inca were the last major civilization of the Andes, the descendant of a human presence in the region dating back millennia. Kevin Lane, archaeologist and senior researcher at CONICET Universidad de Buenos Aires, analyzes the Inca rise to power, highlighting the social, economic, cultural, dynastic, and military reasons behind the emergence of their imperial hegemony throughout western South America. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255270?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255597?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

VIRTUAL | Young Portrait Explorers

One-Time Events Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions in a 30-minute program that incorporates close looking at art, movement and art-making. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online via Zoom. Cost: Free. Registration required. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255598?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Ferrets Back from the Brink

One-Time Events Black-footed ferrets once occupied an expansive range stretching from Canada to Mexico—including 12 states in the US. Then came the threats of habitat fragmentation, loss of their food source, and Yersinia pestis (the bacteria that causes plague). By 1979, black-footed ferrets were considered extinct, but after decades of conservation efforts and collaboration by Smithsonian researchers and wildlife experts, they’re coming back from the brink of extinction.     Paul Marinari, senior curator at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, will discuss the ongoing efforts to reintroduce the black-footed ferret into its native range and the threats still impacting this critically endangered carnivore today. Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, will moderate the discussion. 12:30 p.m. Washington, DC; 9:30 a.m. Los Angeles; 1:30 a.m. Tokyo; 5:30 p.m. London This program is offered as part of… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Related Exhibition: Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Resident Associate Program The 1, 121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview two particularly intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session focuses on the </span><span style="color: #e74c3c;">Sacred Buddhist Landscape of Bagan</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255267?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Los Angeles: Portrait of a Mature Metropolis

Resident Associate Program In the decades following World War II, a myriad of factors shaped modern Los Angeles, including the growth of industry, the evolution of the entertainment business, and the city’s transformation into the home of notable cultural and educational institutions. Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, examines the social and economic forces that made Los Angeles the powerhouse it is today. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255562?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

IN-GALLERY | Drawing with the Portrait Gallery

One-Time Events In this series of drawing workshops, artist Jill Galloway leads participants through the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. Each session highlights portraits from a Portrait Gallery exhibition and includes instruction, a guided drawing session and all supplies. Open to artists of all levels, ages 18+. Space is limited. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Registration required. Categories: Workshops. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Art Cart: Shadow Play

Ongoing Tours & Activities Play with light and shadow during the darkest month of the year! Young artists will look closely at Carlotta Corpron’s photographs in Put It This Way, create their own shadows and experiment with opaque, translucent, and transparent materials.  Find the Art Cart in the Third Level Lerner Room to experiment with shadows. Do this at home! Brighten up the darkness with this colorful and playful Mini Art Lesson exploring light. Discover the science of light, shadows, and reflections through artful play. Create. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Third Floor. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Related Exhibition: Put It This Way: (Re) Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255599?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

CANCELLED - Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: Southern Railway Car No. 1200

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Objects connect us to people, places, and stories. Visit the Southern Railway No. 1200, a segregated passenger from the Jim Crow era. Get the inside scope, about the role of Pullman porters and coach attendants—key figures in the African-American community. Join a docent for a 15 minute exploration of Southern Railway No. 1200, a railroad passenger car from the "Jim Crow" era. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: The program meets at the Southern Railway Car No. 1200, Level C2. Talks take place at: 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968. . Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM.

The Latest Genetic and Archaeological Evidence for the Peopling of the Americas

One-Time Events How⁠—and when⁠—did people first come to the American continents? Jennifer Raff, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kansas University, joins our HOT Topic program to examine the latest genetic and archaeological evidence that provides a clearer picture of America’s first peoples. She will piece together a story told by fragments of DNA recovered from a tooth in Siberia, by a small broken knife found deep below the surface of a muddy pond in Florida, and the footprints of children left thousands of years ago on the banks of an ancient lake in New Mexico. She will explore why the same pieces of evidence tell different stories to different groups of scholars and the ethical directions that genetics and archaeological research needs to move towards. Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. This program will be presented as a Zoom video webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants. 11:30 a.m. Washington, DC; 8:30 a.m. Los Angeles;… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Big Objects, Big Stories: Angola Prison Guard Tower

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object.  About this Program: Guests can explore the 20-foot-tall Angola Prison guard tower, that towers above the Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 exhibition. Originally a slave plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River, visitors will learn how Angola grew into a brutal, privately owned prison that leased out convicts as forced laborers after the Civil War. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Angola Guard Tower, C2. Talks take place at: 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 . Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255600?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Kids & Families. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Peacock Room Shutters Open

National Museum of Asian Art Third Thursday of every month. Free, no registration required.   See the Peacock Room in a whole new light! Please join us for a beloved NMAA tradition: our third Thursday opening of the Peacock Room shutters. Experience this unique masterwork of art and design in a whole new way as natural light reveals details of James McNeill Whistler's painted interior and accents the gleaming surfaces of Charles Lang Freer's collection of Asian ceramics.    The shutters are open from noon to 5:30 p.m. every third Thursday of each month. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer gallery 12 (Peacock Room). Cost: Free. Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Drawing on Toned Paper: Winter Botanicals

Resident Associate Program Feel free to draw on your personal style in this sketching workshop. The class is for students of all levels who would like to try a new way of recording winter botanicals. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255452?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Spices 101: Cinnamon

Resident Associate Program The spice we love in apple pie, tagines, and churros has been treasured across cultures since ancient times, and used for culinary, medicinal, and spiritual purposes—even including ancient Egyptian embalming methods. Christine Rai explores cinnamon’s fascinating origins, history, and variety, and shares tips on using the spice in your own kitchen. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255563?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

The Magic of Fred Astaire

Resident Associate Program Whether it was partnering with Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, or a hat rack, Fred Astaire on film made everything appear easy and elegant. In a delightful program illustrated with video clips, media expert Brian Rose surveys the sweep of Astaire’s remarkable career, looking at his work both as a soloist and as the most romantic dance partner in Hollywood history. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255271?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

In Focus: Kinship over the Centuries

One-Time Events Join Portrait Gallery Editor Sarah McGavran to explore how kinship has changed—and stayed the same—over the centuries. We will look closely at a historical photograph from “Powerful Partnerships: Civil War-Era Couples” and a contemporary portrait of an artist's spouse from “Kinship.”. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Castle Stories: Bison in Our Backyard

Smithsonian Castle One-Time As the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building many of the things you might think of when you think of the Smithsonian started here! Join one of our Castle docents as they spotlight one of these stories in the Castle’s rich history and trace it forward through time to see how it impacts the Smithsonian as we know it today.   Did you know the National Zoo started behind the Castle? The founding of the National Zoo and the American conservation movement have deep roots in the Castle’s backyard. Meet the man, William Temple Hornaday, and the bison behind this story. Hornaday went from being the Smithsonian’s Chief Taxidermist and a big game hunter to a wildlife conservationist and founding director of the National Zoo. This turn of events was entirely due to his relationship with the American Bison. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , … Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits inspired by historical photographs.  I Go To Prepare A Place For You is based upon a portrait of underground railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Learn what the artwork reveals about Tubman’s complexity as a person, including her African ancestry, bravery, and legacy as an agent of change. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler, Level 4. Talks take place at: 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:15 PM – 3:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: Angola Prison Guard Tower

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Guests can explore the 20-foot-tall Angola Prison guard tower, that towers above the Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 exhibition. Originally a slave plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River, visitors will learn how Angola grew into a brutal, privately owned prison that leased out convicts as forced laborers after the Civil War. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Angola Guard Tower, C2. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

How Weather Has Shaped Human History

Resident Associate Program Dramatic weather might seem to be a new phenomenon, but weather and climate change have been shaping human history for thousands of years. Historian Caroline Winterer examines a series of weather-driven turning points that were strong enough to force migration, end wars, and create famines—and how the aftermath of past climate change might affect our future. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255291?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255601?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 16, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255602?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Kids & Families. Friday, December 16, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Donatello: Artist of the Florentine Renaissance

Resident Associate Program A technical master, Donatello broke new ground in the methods he used and the forms he chose to develop, leaving behind a legacy of creations that seem startlingly modern. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo highlights the life and work of this artist who embodied the ideas of the Renaissance in sculpture. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255292?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 16, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the session here. Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free online meditation sessions each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. Sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collection as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Early Autumn in Urayasu, Kawase Hasui (1883–1857), Japan, Showa era, 1931/10, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, Robert O. Muller Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2003.8.763. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Workshops. Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 16, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM.

Art Bites Gallery Talk

One-Time Events Join SAAM’s research fellows for this lunchtime series of gallery talks as they share new discoveries about artworks on view. Learn the stories behind these objects and how each one tells us about America’s ever-changing culture. Fellow Katie Loney discusses Edwin Lord Weeks’s Hindu Merchants (ca. 1885). Photo: Edwin Lord Weeks, Hindu Merchants, ca. 1885, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Emily Tuckerman. Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: In-person | Smithsonian American Art Museum. Cost: Free | Meet in G Street Lobby. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Friday, December 16, 2022, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Friday, December 16, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255603?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Kids & Families. Friday, December 16, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Friday, December 16, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

France’s Hidden Gems: Drink Like a French Sommelier

Resident Associate Program Sommelier Erik Segelbaum guides you through a tour-de-force presentation of some of the most incredible yet lesser-known wines and regions of France. On this journey off the beaten path, you’re sure to discover some of the most exciting wines France produces. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255364?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Friday, December 16, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Holidays in Old Town Alexandria

Resident Associate Program Step back in time as you stroll along Old Town Alexandria’s red-brick sidewalks to explore how Christmases of yesteryear were celebrated here. The rich history shared by guide Lynn O’Connell covers the people, places, and traditions that make Old Town a picture-perfect spot during the holiday season. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Tour meets at 1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255552?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Weekend Workshops

Ongoing Tours & Activities Calling all artists! Get creative during our drop-in workshops for all ages. Learn about artists and changemakers and create art inspired by their stories. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Education Center, E151. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television / En conversación: narración latina en televisión

One-Time Events Despite representing one of the fastest growing communities in the United States, Latinx stories and storytellers are extremely underrepresented on the big and small screen.   Join the creators of the Netflix series Gentefied to discuss Latinx representation on television and the individuals that are working to bring about change, with stories that center Latinx characters and strive to bring greater authenticity and visibility to their communities.   Gentefied is a bilingual comedy set in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, which navigates important themes such as family, community, identity, class, and displacement under the threat of gentrification.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public.  The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. This event is wheelchair accessible. ASL services, real-time… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-conversation-latinx-storytelling-on-television-tickets-449847805897?aff=L4. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Film Screening: The Wizard of Oz (1939) / Proyección de películas: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

One-Time Events Experience a special screening of The Wizard of Oz at the home of the ruby slippers.  The Wizard of Oz is a film about Dorothy’s (a Kansas farm girl) journey to a magical land and was based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In addition to its many other merits, the MGM movie ranks as a milestone in the history of Technicolor because of its extensive color sequences set in the Land of Oz. The magical shoes, changed from the book’s silver slippers to those with an iridescent red hue, played a central role in the film.  Before the screening, visit the ruby slippers on display in the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation in the museum’s Culture Wing.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public.  The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. This event is… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-the-wizard-of-oz-1939-tickets-453868401607?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Films. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Captioning. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Special Exhibition Tour. A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art is eager to offer visitors new experiences through a free, hour-long, docent-led tour featuring one of the special exhibitions. Don’t miss a unique chance to explore modern and ancient artworks from Japan to Yemen. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at Sackler information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Saturday, December 17, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Entertainment Nation Opening Festival / Festival de apertura de La nación del espectáculo

One-Time Events Join the Entertainment Nation! Visit the museum during our ten-day family festival celebrating the opening of our new Culture Wing. The celebration kicks off with the unveiling of the new permanent exhibition Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, which brings together iconic objects to showcase how Americans have long used entertainment to both elicit delight and understand different viewpoints. Select programs require registration. Seating will be opened first to Eventbrite-registered attendees and then to walk-in visitors. When we reach maximum capacity, the event will be closed to the public. Roots to Pop: Taj Mahal, Allison Russell, and the Makings of American Music -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: The Impact of Sesame Street -- SOLD OUT In Conversation: Latinx Storytelling on Television     The Legacy of Anna May Wong -- SOLD OUT Film Screenings: The Wizard of Oz (1939) on December 10 and December 17  Film Screening: Batman (1989) The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all… Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Multiple floors. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-nation-opening-festival-tickets-450476566537?aff=L4. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: A charred penny from the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  During this program we will look at a small object, a charred penny from the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921, that tells a big story.  This penny laid among the charred remains of the once vibrant all-black enclave of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Converse with a museum docent and reflect on the resiliency of African Americans in making places for themselves and overcoming the challenges they faced. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Riot and Resilience in Tulsa, Oklahoma section, Power of Place Level 3. Talks take place at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Power of Place. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Curator Tour of Block by Block: Naming Washington

One-Time Events Take a tour of the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition “Block by Block: Naming Washington” with Leslie Ureña, curator of photographs. Learn how buildings, streets and parks have been named throughout the history of our nation's capital. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: second floor, in the Rotunda, outside the Riley Gallery. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Special Exhibition Tour. Ancient Yemen: Incense, Art, and Trade

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art is eager to offer visitors new experiences through a free, hour-long, docent-led tour featuring one of the special exhibitions. Don’t miss a unique chance to explore modern and ancient artworks from Japan to Yemen. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at Sackler information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Ancient Yemen: Incense, Art, and Trade. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Sunday, December 18, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/256097?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Monday, December 19, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

Virtual Story Time with the National Postal Museum

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join educators from the National Postal Museum for live, interactive story time. Designed for children ages 3-6, but all are welcome! Mondays at 11:00 (EDT) National Postal Museum educators will read stories aloud and lead related activities in a Zoom meeting for children and their caregivers. Explore a range of postal-related topics and more! Sessions will be interactive and last approximately 45 minutes. Caregivers are expected to be present with children for the duration of the program. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Event Location: Online Only. Online Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-the-national-postal-museum-registration-141338917507. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-the-national-postal-museum-registration-141338917507. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Monday, December 19, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:45 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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, December 19, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/256098?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Monday, December 19, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Monday, December 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Castle Stories: The Megatherium Club

Smithsonian Castle One-Time As the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building many of the things you might think of when you think of the Smithsonian started here! Join one of our Castle docents as they spotlight one of these stories in the Castle’s rich history and trace it forward through time to see how it impacts the Smithsonian as we know it today.   “The increase and diffusion of knowledge,” words from founding benefactor James Smithson’s will that guide the entire Smithsonian. But what did they mean to a group of (occasionally) rowdy and colorful young scientists? Tasked with exploring the North American continent and collection specimens of all kids—beetles, birds, rocks and fossils—for the National Museum house in the Castle these scientists paved the way for the discoveries being made by Smithsonian scientists today. Members of the Megatherium Club were known individually for their contributions to zoology, paleontology and geology, but as a group the jolly band held sack races after hours in the Castle and serenaded the… Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Monday, December 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Monday, December 19, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Monday, December 19, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Winter Wisdom: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Resident Associate Program Discover the power of reflective writing guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by Claude Monet’s The Magpie and two winter poems by Mary Oliver, you’ll explore the lessons that the season offers us when we slow down, look closely, and reflect. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/255945?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/256099?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Seasons of Light

Resident Associate Program For Ages 5 to 10.  This signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of seasonal holiday celebrations from all over the world. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/256100?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2023FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&promo=264355. Categories: Kids & Families. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: Angola Prison Guard Tower

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Guests can explore the 20-foot-tall Angola Prison guard tower, that towers above the Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968 exhibition. Originally a slave plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River, visitors will learn how Angola grew into a brutal, privately owned prison that leased out convicts as forced laborers after the Civil War. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Angola Guard Tower, C2. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876-1968. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Art Pop: Passage with Khánh H. Lê

One-Time Events Join the Portrait Gallery for a sip-and-craft pop-up in the museum’s courtyard. Facilitated by artist Khánh H. Lê this program will encourage both non-artists and creatives alike to find sources of inspiration in art and crafting. Learn about Lê’s portrait of his grandmother in “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” and reflect on your own self-journey by creating a piece that combines images from family albums, magazines and digital photographs with plastic jewels.* Payment for the program includes two drink tickets for wine, beer and/or a craft drink from the museum’s café. All materials and supplies are included. Registration required.  *Bring digital photographs and images from your family albums or other troves to have scanned during the program to create a self-portrait. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Kogod Courtyard. Cost: Fee: $20. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/470662392887. Categories: Workshops. After Five. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.   NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

See Me at the Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture

See Me at the Smithsonian See Me at the Smithsonian (See Me) is a free, virtual, interactive program for adults living with dementia and their care partners. During each event, pre-registered participants (12-15 people) explore some of the Smithsonian's most beloved objects through small group discussions and multi-sensory activities. See Me programs provide intellectual engagement, socialization, and an opportunity for loved ones to spend time together in a relaxed setting. At this event, we will be exploring items from the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The event will be held virtually via Zoom and a link will be provided to registered participants. Sponsor: Access Smithsonian. African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Virtual via Zoom. Cost: Free, but registration is required. Please email access@si.edu to register for this event.  Program space is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Events: Please visit the See Me at the Smithsonian webpage for additional program dates. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.   NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Art Cart: Marvelous Mosaics

Ongoing Tours & Activities Brighten your winter at this week’s Art Cart! Young artists will look closely at Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s mirror mosaics, explore geometric shapes, and create their own glittering mosaic.  Find the Art Cart on the Third Level and pick up your mosaic making materials. Do this at home! Imagine you are inside a glittering diamond and design your own mirror mosaic. All you need is your imagination, tinfoil, colored paper, scissors, and glue. Instructions here. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Third Floor. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits inspired by historical photographs.  I Go To Prepare A Place For You is based upon a portrait of underground railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Learn what the artwork reveals about Tubman’s complexity as a person, including her African ancestry, bravery, and legacy as an agent of change. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler, Level 4. Talks take place at: 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, and 12:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.   NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Castle Stories: Where It All Began

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents as they explain the importance of the phrase “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and how it went from being six words in an English scientist’s will to shaping the destiny of the Smithsonian we know today. 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 some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Auto-Captions… Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Thursday, December 22, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 23, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Friday, December 23, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Friday, December 23, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 24, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Saturday, December 24, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, December 26, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Monday, December 26, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Monday, December 26, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: Swing Low by Richard Hunt

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  What happens when you start looking up instead of down!  If you are inside Heritage Hall you will notice a monumental sculpture, Swing Low, by Richard Hunt that stretches across the ceiling.  A sculpture of welded bronze, talk with a docent and explore its meaning together. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets in Heritage Hall, Level 1. Talks take place at: 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, and 12:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: A Century in the Making:  Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

Bilingual Baseball Story Time / Hora del Cuento de Béisbol Bilingüe

One-Time Events Join National Postal Museum educators for a bilingual story time program highlighting themes from the exhibit Baseball: America's Home Run. This program is targeted for ages 3-6 but all are welcome. No registration required.  Únase a los educadores del Museo Postal Nacional para un programa bilingüe de cuentos que destaca los temas de la exhibición Béisbol: El Jonrón de los EE.UU. Este programa está dirigido a niños de 3 a 6 años, pero todos son bienvenidos. No es necesario registrarse. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: 3rd floor, Byrne Education Loft. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Related Exhibition: Baseball: America's Home Run. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Castle Stories: Where It All Began

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents as they share with you the very unlikely series of events that happened to create the Smithsonian Institution we know today and how the growth of the Smithsonian Institution shaped the growth of the 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 some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Automatic Zoom… Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Accessibility: Captioning. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits inspired by historical photographs.  I Go To Prepare A Place For You is based upon a portrait of underground railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Learn what the artwork reveals about Tubman’s complexity as a person, including her African ancestry, bravery, and legacy as an agent of change. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler, Level 4. Talks take place at: 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 1:15 PM – 3:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Objects, Big Stories: I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits inspired by historical photographs.  I Go To Prepare A Place For You is based upon a portrait of underground railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Learn what the artwork reveals about Tubman’s complexity as a person, including her African ancestry, bravery, and legacy as an agent of change. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the I Go To Prepare A Place For You (Harriet Tubman Quilt) by Bisa Butler, Level 4. Talks take place at: 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, and 12:15 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

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.  Admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. At busy times, 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 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry using timed tickets is at 3:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change.  Our current schedule is based on available staffing. We are working to add more days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

Castle Stories: Where It All Began

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents as they explore how the Smithsonian evolved from an idea to a Castle, to the largest museum and research complex in the world. Learn about the Smithsonian’s evolution into what we know it as today. Here is your opportunity to discover some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Automatic Zoom captions will be turned on for this event. , 'Castle Stories' are 30-minute presentations on Zoom , Visitors are encouraged to interact with the Castle docent , Registration is… Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories: The Paradox of the Liberty

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join us for a docent-led tour to get a fresh look into the Museum's featured object. At each of these 15-minute talks visitors will hear incredibly big stories about a big object. About this Program:  The paradox of the American Revolution is the fight for liberty in an era of widespread slavery.  Talk with a museum docent and explore the tension between slavery and freedom—who belongs and who is excluded.  Consider how this paradox resonates through the nation’s history and spurs the American people to wrestle constantly with building “a more perfect Union.”. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Program meets at the Paradox of Liberty section, Level C3. Talks take place at: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Walk-in Highlights Tour of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Tours & Activities Walk-In Tours have resumed at the National Portrait Gallery!  Join our friendly National Portrait Gallery volunteer(s) docent(s) for a Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection of our museum. . The 12:00pm and 2:30pm walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby, at the back of the visitor information desk. Tours will last 60 to 90 minutes depending on visitor interests.  NOTE: Tours may be canceled at any time without prior notice. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: F Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Thursday, December 29, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.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. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 30, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Permanent Collection Tour

Tours The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.   The public can schedule reserved group tours using the online reservation form. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Information desk. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Friday, December 30, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit asia.si.edu.

ZooLights

Special Zoo Events New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking. The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Throughout the zoo. Cost: Free, special entry pass required. Get Tickets or Register: https://secure.nationalzoo.si.edu/events?_gl=1*r70yoz*_ga*NjEzODc2NTY0LjE2Njc5MTc4MjA.*_ga_FZ22Y9JDR2*MTY2OTA1MDUwMy4xMi4xLjE2NjkwNTA3ODEuMC4wLjA.&_ga=2.181312231.1174196339.1669040681-613876564.1667917820. Categories: After Five. Kids & Families. Celebrations. Friday, December 30, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.