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1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta
June 4, 2015 – November 2017

The world's rarest postage stamp, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, will be prominently displayed in the museum’s William H. Gross Stamp Gallery for a two and one-half year period. Note: The stamp will not be on view May 23 – June 10, 2016.

Postal Museum
Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre
May 16, 2015 – June 4, 2017

Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston, reinterprets the James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin.

Sackler Gallery
Through the African American Lens: A Preview of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
May 8, 2015 – January 2017

These artifacts demonstrate the richness and diversity of the African American experience and provide a preview of the themes and collections to be on view at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

American History Museum
CerĂ¡mica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed
April 18, 2015 – December 2017

This bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition illuminates Central America’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage with a selection of more than 150 objects. For thousands of years, Central America has been home to vibrant civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems, and arts.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, D.C.
April 13, 2015 – Indefinitely

This exhibitions highlights major themes that link the U.S. and Panama and the makings of community.

Anacostia Community Museum
Big Band
March 31, 2015 – Indefinitely

“Big Band” is by American painter LeRoy Neiman, who was known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events. It is 9x13 feet and features a composition of 18 iconic jazz musicians, together in what he envisioned to be his “dream” band.

American History Museum
Welcome to Your Smithsonian
March 20, 2015 – Indefinitely

This exhibition looks at the history of the Smithsonian, focusing on its research; museums; and public programs in art, culture, history, and science, and the role of the American public in the Smithsonian's museums and research. The Smithsonian is a partnership between its specialist staff and the American people.

Smithsonian Castle
Direct Carving
February 5, 2015 – Indefinitely

The exhibition includes approximately 24 sculptures from across the twentieth century, nearly all from the museum’s permanent collection. Direct carving is an unusual method of sculpting in which an artist works directly with a piece of stone or wood, usually selected for its unique physical properties.

American Art Museum
Hewitt Sisters Collect
December 12, 2014 – Ongoing

The remarkable story of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt, who in 1897 established a museum within Cooper Union.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Immersion Room
December 12, 2014 – Ongoing

Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of wallcoverings are featured in a new high-tech space.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Models & Prototypes
December 12, 2014 – Ongoing

Models & Prototypes showcases the exceptional models of staircases donated to Cooper Hewitt by Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World
November 25, 2014 – 2018 (TBA)

How do we learn about dinosaurs and their ecosystems? Come see some of their fossils and find out!

Natural History Museum
Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations
September 21, 2014 – Spring 2020

Learn about the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian nations and the United States.

American Indian Museum
American Bison
August 30, 2014 – Permanent

See American bison—the animal that inspired the founding of the National Zoo.

National Zoo
Experience America
August 14, 2014 – Permanent

The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America. Many of the paintings in Experience America were created in 1934 for a pilot program designed to put artists to work, others under the auspices of the WPA that followed.

American Art Museum
Grand Piano made by Bluthner, Leipzig, Germany, 1900
August 13, 2014 – Ongoing

This piano has a version of the ornate Jubilee cast-iron plates Blüthner produced from 1898 to 1907.

American History Museum
African Mosaic: 50th Anniversary room
July 16, 2014 – Indefinitely

Originally housed in a Capitol Hill town house once owned by Frederick Douglass, the museum became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979 by an act of Congress and was renamed the National Museum of African Art.

African Art Museum
Behind the Badge
June 27, 2014 – Indefinitely

Learn how the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, helps protect you and discover tips to guard against scams and fraud.

Postal Museum
FossiLab
June 2014 – Permanent

This glass enclosed lab allows visitors to watch museum paleontologists and trained volunteers extract fossils from rock and construct fossil casts and molds.

Natural History Museum
World of Stamps
September 22, 2013 – Permanent

See stamps that have shaped history and honored people and places around the world.

Postal Museum

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