“Portraits of the World: Switzerland,” opened December 15, 2017 and will run until November 12, 2018. It is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an international artist affiliated with the lending country. The featured work for 2017-18 is Femme en Extase, a … [Read more...] about Free: New Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery
Opening Displays and Exhibitions Children’s Television Opens Nov. 20 First Floor, East These two showcases display artifacts ranging from the early days of children’s television to more contemporary programming. Objects on view will include Mister Rogers’ sweater, a pair of Mickey Mouse Club ears, objects from “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and several of Muppets from Sesame Street. Note: this … [Read more...] about Free Holiday Events at the National Museum of American History
The National Archives’ new exhibition, Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War, is now open to the public. In the first major exhibition on the war in the Archives’ history – and the only formal U.S. government exhibit recognizing the 50th anniversary – Remembering Vietnam will use original documents, artifacts, and film footage to explore the policies and decisions that … [Read more...] about Free: “Remembering Vietnam” at the National Archives
National Postal Museum. Sounds dull, right? Nothing could be further from the truth! Below are some of the fun activities for kids and interesting exhibits for adults. What's more, you can park next door (not free) at Union Station and walk to the museum, which is one of the lesser known parts of the Smithsonian Institution. For Kids Watch how stamps were made 100 years ago on the Spider … [Read more...] about Free Fun at the National Postal Museum
Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in multiple wars, varying in intensity, locale, and consequence. After fifteen years, this warfare has become normalized into our social and cultural landscape; it is ongoing, yet somehow out of sight, invisible. The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now explores and assesses the human costs of ongoing wars through … [Read more...] about Free at National Portrait Gallery: The Face of Battle
World War I veteran Joseph Ambrose attends the dedication parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, killed in the Korean War. As the country pauses to reflect on the service of those in the military, the Newseum will once again offer free admission to active duty and retired members of the … [Read more...] about Newseum Free to Military on Veterans Day
It's really difficult to narrow down a list of free things to do in Washington this summer--or anytime of year, for that matter. But here's a starting point for families looking to experience some of the best D.C. has to offer--for adults as well as kids! l. Visit the National Zoo 2. Take a free kid-friendly walking tour of major sites in the city (including Arlington Cemetery) 3. … [Read more...] about 10 Free Family Friendly Things to Do in Washington, D.C.
The Library of Congress is commemorating the 100thanniversary of the United States’ entry into The Great War with a new free, online webinar series highlighting some of the Library’s most remarkable World War I resources, including documents, photographs, maps, and personal stories collected through the Veterans History Project. The five-part series of 40-minute talks will present discussions … [Read more...] about Library of Congress Launches Free WWI Webinar Series