Friends of the Smithsonian Member Events

One of the most exciting benefits that Friends of the Smithsonian members receive is invitations to exclusive digital and in-person member events. Become a member to start receiving your invitations for these exceptional programs!

Upcoming Events

Strange Fruit by Hung Liu

Virtual Tour of Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

January 25, 2022

In this exclusive online docent-led tour, Friends of the Smithsonian members will view Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery, and have a chance to ask questions.

Hung Liu (1948-2021) was a contemporary Chinese-born American artist, whose multilayered paintings established new frameworks for understanding portraiture in relation to time, memory, and history. Often sourcing her subjects from photographs, Liu elevated overlooked individuals by amplifying the stories of those who have historically been invisible or unheard. Having lived through war, political revolution, exile, and displacement, she offered a complex picture of an Asian Pacific American experience. Her portraits speak powerfully to those seeking a better life, in the United States and elsewhere.

Join or renew as a Friend of the Smithsonian member to attend this event.

For more information about this event, please call 202-633-2043 or email

Annual Smithsonian Weekend

Annual Smithsonian Weekend

April 29-30, 2022

This year we look forward to introducing you to the many new faces of Smithsonian leadership who have come on board since we were last together. There will be a full slate of informative and enriching programs, tours and evening events that you have come to know and enjoy at the Weekend. There will also be time for you to visit your favorite museums. This Weekend is about sharing what we have been up to these past two years and giving you time to both see old friends and make new friends – all who value the Smithsonian as you do and explore together everything that is new at the Smithsonian.

Join or renew as a James Smithson Society member to attend this event.

For more information about this event, please call 202-633-2040 or email

Recent Events

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