The following museums are closed Saturday, July 23, due to a power outage: National Museum of the American Indian, Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of African Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Ripley Center.

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Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks
June 9, 2016 – March 25, 2018

Featuring original postage stamp art from the United States Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, the exhibition explores the myriad—and sometimes surprising—ways that mail moves to, through and from our national parks.

Postal Museum
The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today
March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Every three years the National Portrait Gallery invites artists from across the nation to submit their best works of portrayal. Jurors select the finest works that showcase mastery and innovation in the form.

Portrait 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
WONDER
November 13, 2015 – July 10, 2016

WONDER, the opening exhibition at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, features site-specific installations that transform the galleries into a contemporary “cabinet of wonders.”

Renwick Gallery
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
October 23, 2015 – March 20, 2016

Some 160 photographs by Irving Penn demonstrate his legacy as a modern master and place him in the context of the contemporary moment.

American Art Museum
Artists' Books and Africa
September 16, 2015 – September 11, 2016

African artists are experimenting with the genre of artists’ books, while international artists are exploring African themes in theirs. Artists’ Books and Africa is the first exhibition to focus on African artists books from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Warren M. Robbins Library and the National Museum of African Art.

African Art Museum
Science Under Glass
September 15, 2015 – September 11, 2016

An examination of our collection of scientific glassware, from the 1770s to the 1970s, reveals the underlying story of the growth of laboratory science in America.

American History Museum
African Elephant
September 4, 2015 – Permanent

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
Above and Beyond
August 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Above and Beyond celebrates the power of innovation. Packed with interactive challenges; vehicle concept models and prototypes; immersive media presentations; and inspiring innovator stories, this exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

Air and Space Museum
Object Project
July 1, 2015 – Ongoing

Object Project features more than 300 objects, a “magic” scrapbook, an opportunity to virtually try on clothing from the collection, and a special version of “The Price is Right.”

American History Museum
Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910
July 1, 2015 – February 26, 2017

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.

American History Museum
Places of Invention
July 1, 2015 – Ongoing

What is it about a particular place that excites a creative mind and sparks invention and innovation? Discover what can happen when the right mix of inventive people, ready resources, and inspiring surroundings come together.

American History Museum
American Enterprise
July 1, 2015 – Permanent

Learn how business and innovation helped the United States develop from a small dependent agricultural nation to one of the world's largest economies.

American History Museum
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
June 26, 2015 – June 1, 2018

Explores the foundations of the Inka Road in earlier Andean cultures, technologies that made building the road possible, the cosmology and political organization of the Inka world and the legacy of the Inka Empire during the colonial period and in the present day.

American Indian 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
The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
April 3, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Some 70 of Yasuo Kuniyoshi's best paintings and drawings are on view in this first survey of the artist's work in 25 years.

American Art Museum
Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights
February 12, 2015 – February 15, 2016

A chronicle of the African American experience told from the perspective of stamps and mail.

Postal Museum
Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity
January 8, 2015 – June 8, 2015

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of those first two ventures outside the spacecraft, this exhibition presents art, photography, artifacts, and personal accounts that relate the continuing story of EVA.

Air and Space Museum
The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia
November 22, 2014 – May 31, 2015

The exhibition provides glimpses of travels across the continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Sackler Gallery
Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue
November 9, 2014 – January 24, 2016

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the museum in 2014, this exhibition recognizes the museum's unique history and its contributions towards furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora.

African Art Museum

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