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Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection
June 9, 2016 – August 6, 2017

This new rehanging of the third-level permanent collection galleries, features highlights of Joseph Hirshhorn’s original gift alongside some of the newest additions to the collection. Featuring more than 75 works in virtually all media, the exhibition includes several major artworks returning to view after more than a decade, such as Jean-Paul Riopelle’s 1964 Large Triptych, as well as in-depth installations devoted to some of the most important artists in the collection.

Hirshhorn Museum
Turtle Ocean
June 8, 2016 – Closing TBD

An art installation composed entirely of recycled plastic trash and marine debris, Turtle Ocean depicts an entangled Hawksbill turtle swimming in an environment of water bottle sea jellies and beached flip flop anemones along with marine debris seaweed and coral made of old buoys, crates, and buckets.

Natural History Museum
Lincoln's Contemporaries
May 13, 2016 – May 12, 2019

This exhibition features Mathew Brady’s portraits of twenty celebrities—from showman P.T. Barnum and inventor Samuel Morse to musician Teresa Carreño and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher—who reflect the diversity of American intellectual and cultural life during Lincoln’s presidency.

Portrait Gallery
Linn Meyers: Our View from Here
May 12, 2016 – May 14, 2017

Linn Meyers creates her largest work to date, Our View from Here, at the Hirshhorn this spring. The site-specific wall drawing, which occupies the entire circumference of the inner ring galleries covers nearly 400 linear feet.

Hirshhorn Museum
Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection
April 28, 2016 – March 12, 2017

From radios to furniture, the exhibition displays some of the most influential objects in the history of modernism, alongside contextual works drawn from the museum’s collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Well-Dressed Walls: Spanning Three Centuries of Wallpaper from the Cooper Hewitt Collection
March 23, 2016 – Permanent

In this small display, reproductions of wallpaper dating from the 1770s to the 1950s from the collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are installed in pairs to reflect the practice of designing wallpapers to be used together.

Smithsonian Castle
Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest
March 12, 2016 – March 26, 2017

This exhibition highlights the artistic glass production of one of America's most acclaimed designers. Tiffany’s tireless experimentation with new techniques and radiant hues is given added historical dimension through the exhibition's installation in the mansion's library designed by Tiffany's former business partner, Lockwood de Forest.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan
March 5, 2016 – October 29, 2017

The exhibition by the Freer and Sackler Galleries transforms the International Gallery into an Afghan caravanserai, complete with artisan stalls and demonstrations of woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, and jewelry.

Sackler Gallery
Life in One Cubic Foot
March 4, 2016 – TBA

What can we discover in just a cubic foot of ocean? Enter the small worlds of marine biocubes to find out!

Natural History Museum
A Unique Lens: Photographs from the Smithsonian Family
February 18, 2016 – TBA

This exhibition showcases the photographic talent and diverse work and interests of Smithsonian staff.

Ripley Center
Suspended Animation
February 10, 2016 – March 12, 2017

The exhibition brings together six artists who use computer animation in their work: Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten and Agnieszka Polska.

Hirshhorn Museum
Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D
January 30, 2016 – July 9, 2017

Like all Buddhas (fully enlightened beings), the Cosmic Buddha, a life-size limestone figure of Vairochana, is wrapped in the simple robe of a monk. Body of Devotion is an interactive installation that explores not only the work itself, but also the evolving means and methods of studying sculpture, from rubbings and photographs to the technological possibilities of today.

Sackler Gallery
Color in a New Light
January 23, 2016 – March 2017

Most of us take color for granted. We simply see it the moment that light beams from or reflects off an object, enters our eyes, and is processed by our brains. But do we stop to think what color actually is? Journeying through the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries-from chemistry to catalogs, from colorblind tests to couture-we might see color in a new light.

Natural History Museum
New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art
December 10, 2015 – March 13, 2017

This exhibition explores the diversity of topics highlighting the cultural heritage of New York City with thirty pieces of original artwork divided into six categories—Baseball, Broadway, City Life, Icons, Politics and Government, and Music.

Postal Museum
Wegmans Wonderplace
December 9, 2015 – Indefinitely

Wegmans Wonderplace welcomes curious kids ages 0–6 and their grownups. Wonderplace is open every day, except Tuesdays and December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We welcome visitors to explore our hands-on, self-directed activities on a first-come, first-served basis. Please also note that children may not visit Wegmans Wonderplace without an adult.

On weekends and federal holidays, we use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis.

American History Museum
Tucker automobile #39, 1948
December 9, 2015 – Ongoing

Fifty-one nearly identical Tucker automobiles, designed by Tucker, Alex Tremulis, and J. Gordon Lippincott and Company, were built in 1948 before the Tucker Corp. became embroiled in fraud allegations. The car shown here passed through numerous owners and had been repainted and reupholstered.

American History Museum
Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s
September 25, 2015 – March 12, 2017

The Arts and Crafts movement in America took hold just as the rising middle class began to realize its potential to purchase more consumer goods. Among the manufacturers featured are the Steuben Glass Works, Phoenix Glass Company, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Biloxi Art Pottery, Paul Revere Pottery, and Matt Morgan Art Pottery.

American History Museum
African Elephant
September 4, 2015 – Ongoing

Our iconic 12-ton, 14-foot-tall African Elephant has undergone a remake! The new setting explores the evolution of elephants from their earliest predecessors to the three modern-day species. Learn about elephant behavior and the threats facing elephants today. 

Natural History Museum
The Earliest Known Photograph of the Castle
August 10, 2015 – Indefinitely

The earliest known photograph of the Castle, taken in 1850 during the building's contruction, is on view.

Smithsonian Castle
PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard
August 3, 2015 – September 2017

More than 500 artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world reveal regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, childhood humiliation, and other compelling confessions

Postal Museum

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