Dolley Days

July 23, 2021

Join us as we celebrate the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s flight from the White House to Dumbarton House in 1814. During the War of 1812, the British burned the White […]

Sneak Peek at the Future National Museum of Women in the Arts

July 16, 2021

In addition, NMWA will present a virtual program, “Sneak Peek at the Future National Museum of Women in the Arts,” on Wednesday, August 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. This […]

Emmet Till: River Site Historical Marker

July 8, 2021

Opens Sept. 3; Closes Oct. 5 Flag Hall, Second Floor, Center During a visit to see his great uncle in Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, of Chicago, was brutally lynched Aug. […]

Block by Block: Naming Washington

June 24, 2021

Wherever we may be, whenever we provide an address, and find our place on Washington, D.C.’s streets, we spell out and utter street numbers, state names, and in many cases, […]

Girlhood & Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage at the National Museum of American History

Girlhood (It’s complicated)  Closes Jan. 2, 2023 Second Floor, West While the nursery rhyme tells us that girls are “made of sugar and spice and everything nice,” history demonstrates that […]


May 28, 2021

How did American Indians become national and commercial symbols? Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names and stories in “Americans” highlight the ways in which American Indians have been […]

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

If you’ve ever crossed a suspension bridge, you’ve used Andean Indigenous technology. Open through June 27, “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire” explores the foundations of the Inka Road […]

The Walters Gala 2021

May 21, 2021

The Walters is excited to invite guests back to the museum on Saturday, October 16, for The Walters Gala 2021: Armor & Adornment, celebrating the Walters’ lustrous collection of silver, gold, and […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Virtual Fellows Lectures

April 23, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Thursday, May 13, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Friday, May 14, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Join the 2020–2021 class of Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows as […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Reopening

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, reopen to the public Friday, May 14. This is the second reopening of the museum following closures on […]