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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
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 it, 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
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
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
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
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
Portraiture Now: Feature Photography Portraiture Now: Feature Photography
November 26, 2008 – September 27, 2009

This exhibition features six photographers who, by working on assignment for publications such as the New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine, each bring their distinctive "take" on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience.

Portrait Gallery
Gettysburg Address Gettysburg Address
November 21, 2008 – January 11, 2009

To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, the museum showcases the rarely exhibited White House's copy of the Gettysburg Address.

American History Museum
Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
November 21, 2008 – May 3, 2010

This exhibition explores the power of pictures and book illustrations.

American History Museum
Invention at Play Invention at Play
November 21, 2008 – November 27, 2011

This exhibition focuses on the similarities between the ways children and adults play and the creative skills and processes used by inventors.

American History Museum
The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem
November 21, 2008 – Permanent

The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.

American History Museum
One Life: The Mask of Lincoln One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
November 7, 2008 – July 5, 2009

To commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this exhibition provides many faces of Lincoln from the museum's collection, a collection that charts Lincoln's passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to his grizzled isolation as president.

Portrait Gallery
Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian
November 1, 2008 – August 16, 2009

See paintings, bronze sculptures, and lithographs that highlight the more-than-40-year career of contemporary Native artist Fritz Scholder (Luiseno, 1937-2005).

American Indian Museum
Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers
October 24, 2008 – June 21, 2009

This poignant exhibition, drawn primarily from the collection of Larry J. West, features rare and exquisite jewelry containing portraits in the 19th century's four main photographic processes -- daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and paper prints.

Portrait Gallery
Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs
October 10, 2008 – February 1, 2009

Portrait Gallery
Heirloom Garden Heirloom Garden
– Permanent

The Heirloom Garden is a treasury of favorites from what may be considered the classic American flower garden.

Smithsonian Gardens
The Sant Ocean Hall The Sant Ocean Hall
September 27, 2008 – Permanent

Dive in with Phoenix—a model of an actual North Atlantic right whale—and discover how the ocean is a global system essential to all life in this exhibition featuring hundreds of preserved marine specimens, a living coral reef, and many interactive displays. 

Natural History Museum
Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately
September 26, 2008 – January 31, 2015

This exhibition presents an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

Postal Museum
Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989 Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989
September 17, 2008 – January 25, 2009

Examples of Puerto Rican poster art from the late 1940s to the late 1980s are on view.

Ripley Center
Four Indian Kings Four Indian Kings
September 12, 2008 – January 25, 2009

The year 2008 marked the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution. To commemorate this event, the National Portrait Gallery exhibited the earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American aboriginal people painted from life.

Portrait Gallery

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