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Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake
February 7, 2009 – January 5, 2014

This exhibition features archaeological discoveries that reveal the historic importance of Jamestown and its contribution to the American way of life.

Natural History Museum
Artists in Dialogue: Antonio Ole and Aime Mpane Artists in Dialogue: Antonio Ole and Aime Mpane
February 4, 2009 – July 21, 2009

Watch as Antonio Ole of Angola and Aime Mpane of the Democratic Republic of Congo bring their subtle and sophisticated manipulation of found and organic materials to create visually rich, multimedia installations that speak to the political and economic challenges of their home countries.

African Art Museum
Spectacular Saturn: Images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission
February 2, 2009 – May 15, 2009

Marvel at 60 images of the amazing Saturn system, taken by the Cassini-Huygens mission.

Air and Space Museum
The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise
January 30, 2009 – February 28, 2010

The exhibition features more than 100 images created by one of the premiere African American studios in the country and one of the longest-running black businesses in Washington.

American History Museum
New Arrivals
January 30, 2009 – November 14, 2010

The recently acquired works displayed in this installation span more than two centuries of American history and culture.

Portrait Gallery
Orchids through Darwin's Eyes: 15th Annual Orchid Show
January 24, 2009 – April 26, 2009

To mark Darwin's 200th birthday, the exhibit explores the incredibly diverse world of orchids through his eyes and examines the ways in which he influenced today's naturalists, horticulturists, and scientists who study these intriguing plants.

Natural History Museum
Presidents in Waiting Presidents in Waiting
January 20, 2009 – January 3, 2010

If some still remain unconvinced about the significance of the vice president and those who occupied the office, this exhibition shows that most of the vice presidents who succeeded to the presidency were highly capable political figures with the experience and aptitude to be president.

Portrait Gallery
Special Inaugural Exhibition
January 17, 2009 – February 28, 2009

View paintings and objects that reflect President Obama's image and the art of his father's homeland, along with textiles and photographs that exhibit the ways Africans use cloth to recognize leadership and make political statements.

African Art Museum
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
January 16, 2009 – May 30, 2011

Explore the life and legacy of our 16th president through objects from the museum's collection.

American History Museum
America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
January 16, 2009 – March 29, 2009

To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, the museum hosts 10 rare and important documents from the Springfield library and museum.

American History Museum
A Century Ago..."They Came as Sovereign Leaders"
January 14, 2009 – February 22, 2009

See photographs of six great Native chiefs who participated in President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade.

American Indian Museum
Sporting Invention
January 7, 2009 – October 30, 2009

In this showcase, items from drawings and prototypes to final products trace the development of sports inventions and highlight aspects of universal design in sports technology development.

American History Museum
Black Box: Ori Gersht Black Box: Ori Gersht
December 22, 2008 – April 12, 2009

Gersht's work encourages viewers to reflect on the power of natural beauty and how it is affected by human intervention.

Hirshhorn Museum
First Ladies at the Smithsonian First Ladies at the Smithsonian
December 19, 2008 – October 31, 2011

This exhibition highlights the role of the first lady and features in two galleries a total of 24 first ladies' gowns and more than 100 other objects, including portraits, White House china, and personal possessions from the Smithsonian's collection.

American History Museum
Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection
December 11, 2008 – November 15, 2009

This exhibition brings together some of the most praised and popular examples of figuration.

Hirshhorn Museum
The Art of African Exploration The Art of African Exploration
December 9, 2008 – August 16, 2009

In these cases are books, periodicals, sketchbooks, and journals featuring artists's vivid illustrations of the astonishing landscapes, exotic animals, and unfamiliar peoples of 19th-century Africa.

Natural History Museum
Coastal America Ocean Art Contest
December 8, 2008 – March 29, 2009

Works by the the first place winners from each age group in the national competition of the Coastal America Ocean Art Contest are on view.

Natural History Museum
Jubilee: African American Celebration Jubilee: African American Celebration
December 7, 2008 – September 20, 2009

Through images of captured moments from throughout the years, look at the history, traditional music, and regional folklore of African American holidays and celebrations around the country from the 18th century to the present.

Anacostia Community Museum
Moving Perspectives: Lida Abdul and Dinh Q Le Moving Perspectives: Lida Abdul and Dinh Q Le
December 6, 2008 – March 1, 2009

See works by Lida Abdul and Dinh Q Le as both artists explore the shifting memory of trauma and the inevitable resilience of life.

Sackler Gallery
Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke
November 27, 2008 – March 3, 2009

Fascinated with nature's proclivities for growth, destruction, and unexpected change, Golke captures the tension between humanity and nature and explores how Americans build their lives in a natural world that rarely fits within a traditional pastoral ideal.

American Art Museum