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The Heroic Past: The Persian Book of Kings
June 4, 2000 – October 29, 2000

Visit the historical figures who were made legendary in the Persian epic the Shahnama (The King's Book of Kings) composed in 1010 by the poet Firdawsi.

Sackler Gallery
Grand Salon: 19th-Century Picture Gallery
June 3, 2000 – June 17, 2002

Visit the Grand Salon—renovated as a re-creation of a 19th-century collector's picture gallery—to see 170 paintings from the American Art Museum (temporarily closed for renovation).

Renwick Gallery
This Land Is Your Land: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie
May 26, 2000 – September 24, 2000

This exhibition follows folk singer Woody Guthrie's (1912-1967) life through his personal history and artistic development.

American History Museum
Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa
May 21, 2000 – September 3, 2000

View some 40 works by 16 artists that explore a dialogue between African artists who have traveled in the West and African American artists who have traveled in West Africa.

African Art Museum
Picturing Whistler
May 21, 2000 – December 3, 2000

See 30 portraits of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1919) from the Charles Lang Freer collection that range in date from around 1845 to 1897.

Freer Gallery
Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mache Anatomical Models Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mache Anatomical Models
May 13, 2000 – July 8, 2001

Examples from the museum's unique collection of papier-mache anatomical models constructed by French physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux (1797-1880) are used to explore the history and educational use of such models for the medical and lay person.

American History Museum
The Graceful Envelope: 2000
May 5, 2000 – April 15, 2001

Calligraphers from around the world submitted hand-crafted envelopes for the museum's 6th annual Graceful Envelope contest. These 75 were selected to go on view.

Postal Museum
Vanishing Pollinators
May 5, 2000 – April 25, 2001

View 34 color photographs by biologist and photographer Carll Goodpasture that are used to explore the biological process of pollination.

National Zoo
Music in the Age of Confucius
April 30, 2000 – September 17, 2000

Marvel at one of the two largest sets of graduated bronze bells, approximately 2500 years old, as well as instruments from the world's oldest musical ensemble, all found in the Bronze Age tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (d. ca. 433 B.C.) in China.

Sackler Gallery
Brushing the Past: Later Chinese Calligraphy from the Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
April 30, 2000 – January 2, 2001

See an exhibition illustrating the evolution of Chinese calligraphy over 3,500 years.

Freer Gallery
Looping the Loop: Posters of Early Flight
April 29, 2000 – July 9, 2000

To honor the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' great accomplishment, more than 30 posters chronicle modern aviation from its earliest inception of balloons and dirigibles to mono- and biplanes.

Air and Space Museum
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
April 29, 2000 – August 13, 2000

Commemorating the 1,000-year anniversary of the Vikings' landing in North America, this exhibition explores the impact of Leif Ericsson's journey and introduces new archaeological evidence that expands knowledge of early Scandinavian and North American life. 

Natural History Museum
Duke Ellington: The Spirit of Music
April 25, 2000 – May 29, 2000

American History Museum
Dali's Optical Illusions
April 19, 2000 – June 18, 2000

Contemplate 60 paintings and drawings created from the early 1920s to the 1970s by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) that focus specifically on his exploration of optics and perception.

Hirshhorn Museum
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003

This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II.

American History Museum
Reservation X: The Power of Place
April 9, 2000 – August 20, 2000

View installation pieces by seven native artists from across Canada and the United States that express the complex connections between community and identity.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
In Search of Giant Squid In Search of Giant Squid
April 1, 2000 – May 6, 2005

Two preserved giant squids are on view. The rare Taningia danae is often referred to as the world's largest flasher because of its ability to flash brilliant blue-green light in the ocean depths. Architeuthis dux, displayed in the museum since 1983, is the world's largest invertebrate.

Natural History Museum
The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft
March 31, 2000 – August 20, 2000

Examine the work of five women artists from diverse regions and backgrounds, showcasing their works in porcelain, basketry, and metal.

Renwick Gallery
The Art of John Cederquist: Reality of Illusion
March 31, 2000 – August 20, 2000

Enjoy 13 playful trompe l'oeil sculptures by the contemporary studio furniture maker.

Renwick Gallery
Highlights from the Archives Center's Collections
March 31, 2000 – July 10, 2000

American History Museum