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Suspended Animation
February 10, 2016 – March 12, 2017

The exhibition brings together six artists who use computer animation in their work: Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten and Agnieszka Polska.

Hirshhorn Museum
Emeka Ogboh's Market Symphony
February 3, 2016 – January 31, 2017

Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh brings his internationally recognized sound art to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in the new work Market Symphony.

African Art Museum
Hooray for Politics!
February 1, 2016 – November 2016

This display juxtaposes historic voting devices with contemporary candidate rally signs to encourage our visitors to reflect on the relationship between the nation’s democratic traditions and the current swirl of election news, and draw visitors into conversations on the importance of civic engagement.

American History Museum
Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D
January 30, 2016 – December 2016

Like all Buddhas (fully enlightened beings), the Cosmic Buddha, a life-size limestone figure of Vairochana, is wrapped in the simple robe of a monk. Body of Devotion is an interactive installation that explores not only the work itself, but also the evolving means and methods of studying sculpture, from rubbings and photographs to the technological possibilities of today.

Sackler 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
E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation
January 17, 2016 – January 2017

This exhibitions takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I, through annexation, to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

American Indian Museum
Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975
December 14, 2015 – October 23, 2016

Change was in the air, some of it unsettling and threatening. Against a national background of Lyndon Johnson’s “great society,” anti-war protests, black power, feminism, and emerging gay rights, this exhibition focuses on events, people and challenges that transformed the city between 1963 and 1975.

Anacostia Community Museum
New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art
December 10, 2015 – March 13, 2017

This exhibition of original artwork explores the diversity of topics highlighting the cultural heritage of New York City. Thirty pieces of original artwork divided into six categories—Baseball, Broadway, City Life, Icons, Politics and Government, and Music—depict a variety of art styles and mediums used to create some of America’s most beautiful stamps.

Postal Museum
Wegmans Wonderplace
December 9, 2015 – Indefinitely

Wegmans Wonderplace welcomes curious kids ages 0–6 and their grownups. Wonderplace is open every day, except Tuesdays and December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We welcome visitors to explore our hands-on, self-directed activities on a first-come, first-served basis. Please also note that children may not visit Wegmans Wonderplace without an adult.

On weekends and federal holidays, we use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis.

American History Museum
Tucker automobile #39, 1948
December 9, 2015 – Ongoing

Fifty-one nearly identical Tucker automobiles, designed by Tucker, Alex Tremulis, and J. Gordon Lippincott and Company, were built in 1948 before the Tucker Corp. became embroiled in fraud allegations. The car shown here passed through numerous owners and had been repainted and reupholstered.

American History Museum
Giving in America
December 1, 2015 – November 21, 2016

The Giving in America display explores civic philanthropy over the past century. In the 21st century, private giving continues to shape our culture and communities.

American History Museum
Toys and Childhood
November 20, 2015 – January 7, 2017

This showcase presents a selection of cast-iron and tinplate toys from the museum’s collection dating from the 1870s to the 1950s, illustrating the ever-evolving nature of American childhood and home life and bringing to light aspects of play.

American History Museum
Art of the Airport Tower
November 11, 2015 – November 2016

Art of the Airport Tower explores contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in the United States and around the world. Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo elevates airport towers to beautiful objects of art, and symbols of technological change and cultural expression within the airport landscape.

Air and Space Museum
Recent Acquisitions
November 6, 2015 – October 30, 2016

This annual exhibition features 29 objects that tell the story and identity of America through the art of portraiture and showcase some of the newest additions to the museum’s collection.

Portrait Gallery
Jewels of Appalachia
October 17, 2015 – Indefinitely

Visitors can peer into the underground world of salamanders and learn why the tiny creatures are critical to the Appalachian ecosystem—home to more salamander species than any other region on the planet—as well as what Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are doing to save them.

National Zoo
Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s
September 25, 2015 – April 24, 2017

The Arts and Crafts movement in America took hold just as the rising middle class began to realize its potential to purchase more consumer goods. Among the manufacturers featured are the Steuben Glass Works, Phoenix Glass Company, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Biloxi Art Pottery, Paul Revere Pottery, and Matt Morgan Art Pottery.

American History Museum
African Elephant
September 4, 2015 – Ongoing

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
The Earliest Known Photograph of the Castle
August 10, 2015 – Indefinitely

The earliest known photograph of the Castle, taken in 1850 during the building's contruction, is on view.

Smithsonian Castle
PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard
August 3, 2015 – September 2017

More than 500 artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world reveal regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, childhood humiliation, and other compelling confessions

Postal Museum
Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity
July 11, 2015 – Indefinitely

The twenty-three works in this exhibition reflect the wide variety of form and decoration in vessels for cooking, dining, storage, transport, and ritual. Vietnamese ceramics have been traded across Southeast Asia and to West Asia and Japan since the fourteenth century.

Sackler Gallery

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