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Bill Viola
The Moving Portrait

Open through May 7

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"The Raft" by Bill Viola, 2004 © Bill Viola Studio

Ragnar Kjartansson

Drama, poignancy, wit—experience the first U.S. survey of this internationally acclaimed artist, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most celebrated performance artists anywhere.”

October 14 to January 8, 2017

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A People’s Journey
A Nation’s Story

The Smithsonian welcomes the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia

Explore the command module of the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon.

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100 Years of Our National Parks

Now on view at the National Postal Museum »

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Jago: A Life Underwater

Take an exhilarating journey beneath the waves with our award-winning independent film.

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