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Birds and Beasts in Japanese Art
January 31, 2004 – July 18, 2004

Visit an exhibition highlighting the Freer Gallery's diverse and visually exciting collection of birds and animals in a variety of artistic media.

Freer Gallery
The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot
January 31, 2004 – February 20, 2005

See 17 objects featuring an eclectic variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian, Korean, and Japanese jars, bowls, cups, dishes, boxes, and a water holder -- exotic foreign ceramics that became so integrated into the tea ceremony that their provenance was forgotten and they were considered to be Japanese.

Freer Gallery
The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes
January 16, 2004 – January 2, 2005

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles's first U.S. tour and their live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

American History Museum
MMLL: Mike McCartney's Liverpool Life
January 16, 2004 – January 2, 2005

American History Museum
National Museum of the American Indian On the Mall Display
December 23, 2003 – November 30, 2004

See a model of the National Museum of the American Indian, scheduled to open on the National Mall Sept. 21, 2004.

Smithsonian Castle
Calico & Chintz: Early American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
December 16, 2003 – November 21, 2004

This exhibition features 22 rare pieced and whole-cloth American quilts made before 1850 from the collection of Patricia A. Smith, a Washington playwright and quilt historian.

American Art Museum
Lemelson Center: The Inventive Side of Nobel
December 14, 2003 – January 12, 2004

These 2 cases explore the everyday inventions that have resulted from the Nobel-winning research of scientists Guglielmo Marconi, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain.

American History Museum
Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang
December 13, 2003 – March 7, 2004

This exhibition explores the amazing array of creatures discovered within the fossil record of the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies.

Natural History Museum
Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People
December 6, 2003 – October 3, 2004

This exhibition explores the heritage and identity of the Alutiiq people, who live along the southern coast of Alaska.

Natural History Museum
Guardians of the Law: Chinese Luohan Painting
December 2, 2003 – May 23, 2004

See 22 late 12th- to 18th-century works as well as an 8th-century Tang ewer that examine major trends in the evolution of Chinese luohan paintings as executed by both regional or court professionals and followers of literati traditions.

Freer Gallery
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
December 1, 2003 – April 25, 2004

See 30 black and white photographs that illustrate the African American woman's boundless passion for keeping the Sabbath both holy and glamorous with hats.

Anacostia Community Museum
Not Just Gingerbread
November 22, 2003 – December 26, 2003

Marvel at the decorative, edible vignettes Jan Curry creates using such materials as gingerbread, sugar paste, herbs, and grains.

A&I
Mr. Whistler's Galleries: Avant-Garde in Victorian London
November 20, 2003 – April 4, 2004

Visit an exhibition marking the centenary of Whistler's death on July 17, 1903, highlighting his importance to the history of exhibition design by creating new versions of 2 of his most influential installations.

Freer Gallery
Archives Center: A Twenty-Year Retrospective
November 19, 2003 – March 23, 2004

Items selected by the Archives Center staff and volunteers todemonstrate the diversity of the Center's holdings are on view.

American History Museum
Science in the News: Mammals Hall Taxidermy
November 19, 2003 – April 29, 2004

This case features the work of Mammals Hall taxidermists and features specimens, parts used in the taxidermy process, and photographs of taxidermists at work.

Natural History Museum
A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery
November 14, 2003 – February 8, 2004

View 66 portraits that reflect the range of the National Portrait Gallery's collection, from Joseph Siffred Duplessis' 1785 classic depiction of Benjamin Franklin to Andy Warhol's 1984 pop portrait of singer Michael Jackson.

Ripley Center
America's Wildest Places: Our National Wildlife Refuge System
November 7, 2003 – April 11, 2004

This exhibition celebrates the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Natural History Museum
Through the Lens: National Geographic Photographs
November 7, 2003 – April 11, 2004

On view are 30 photographs of scenes from around the world from the new book Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs.

Natural History Museum
A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island
November 3, 2003 – June 6, 2004

See 40 photographs taken by ecologist Christian Ziegler at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Panama's Barro Colorado Island.

National Zoo
Nature's Best 2003 Photography Awards
October 21, 2003 – August 9, 2004

On view are 30 winning photographs from the 2003 Nature's Best International Photography Awards.

Natural History Museum