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Learn about what’s to come in DC this summer and beyond, including the reopening of the National Museum of Natural History’s Fossil Hall and Kennedy Center expansion.
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote
Library of Congress/Opening June 4, 2019
Part of its yearlong commitment to “change makers” the library presents a 120-item exhibition dedicated to the women’s suffrage movement, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. Displays will draw heavily on the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, the National Women’s Party and debut the Rosa Parks archives.
15th Anniversary of the DC Jazz Festival
The 15th outing of this concert series brings marquee acts such as Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman Quartet, Patti Austin to venues across the District, including The Wharf.
National Fossil Hall Reopens
National Museum of Natural History/June 8, 2019
After a five-year closure, the Smithsonian reopens its spectacular collection of dinosaurs with an emphasis on presentation and current scientific research.
Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with John Stewart’
Newseum/Opens June 14
As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, this presentation showcases the role of political satire in shaping political engagement by spotlighting the popular Comedy Central series.
Women of Progress
National Portrait Gallery/June 14, 2019-May 31, 2020
A presentation of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from the 1840s and 1850s of early feminist icons including author Harriet Beacher Stowe and activist Margaret Fuller.
The nation’s documentary film festival welcomes documentarians presenting topical new films and remastered classics. AFI Docs underlines DC’s role as capital of nonfiction filmmaking.
The Warmth of Other Suns
Phillips Collection/June 22-Sept. 22
Based on The Restless Earth, shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017, this exhibition will present historical and contemporary works by approximately 100 artists—from the United States and Mexico as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of the global refugee crisis.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall/June 26-30; July 3-7
The animating theme of the 51st annual museum of living culture is the social power of music spotlighting artistic traditions in Benin and Brazil and more.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
National Gallery of Art/July 14, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020
A survey of some 50 works, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission and moon landing, considers the moon as the subject of photography from its origins to close-ups taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission
National Air and Space Museum/July 16-20, 2019
The largest museum in the world devoted to aviation and space travel will mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and moon walk with special programs TBA.
Dear Evan Hansen
Kennedy Center/Aug. 6-Sept. 8
The empathetic Millennial musical returns to the city where it was workshopped as a Tony Award-winning Broadway show.
Festival of the Book
Walter E. Washington Convention Center/Early September 2019
The Library of Congress presents the 19th edition of its cavalcade of authors across genres: fiction, history, graphic novels, cookbooks, science fiction, children’s books, bios and more.
The REACH: Kennedy Center Expansion Project
Foggy Bottom/Sept. 7, 2019
The REACH, the first new space in the 47-year-old performing arts campus brings a $175-million Steve Holl-designed project adding 60,000-square-feet of classrooms, rehearsal and performance space in three pavilions. The addition to the southern side of the Center also adds a reflection pool, a projection screen and bridge over Rock Creek Parkway to the Potomac Riverfront.
Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction
National Museum of Women in the Arts/Sept. 19, 2019-Jan. 20, 2020
Feminist icon Judy Chicago presents her most recent work and continuing rally cry to challenge the status quo in almost 40 pieces of painted glass and porcelain and two bronzes.
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden/Oct. 24, 2019-May 10, 2020
The largest site-specific exhibition to date by the acclaimed American abstractionist Pat Steir presents an expansive suite of her signature Waterfall series ringing the museum’s second-floor inner-circle gallery. The presentation will overlap with the artist’s 80th birthday.
National Children’s Museum Opens Downtown
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center/TBD
After years of planning, an intentionally built, 33,000-square-foot play space emphasizing hands-on STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math) opens blocks from the National Mall and White House. Admission will be $10.95; babies ages 12 months and younger are free.
Planet Word Museum
A private museum dedicated to fostering a life-long love of literacy and storytelling is expected to open its doors inside the school where Alexander Graham Bell once ran a lab.
Focusing on President Eisenhower’s dedication to public service, leadership, work ethic and devotion to preserving democracy, a memorial designed by Frank Gehry will be dedicated in 2020.
The National Native American Veterans Memorial
National Museum of American Indian/TBD
The memorial is expected to open on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution’s DC museum in 2020. At present, the 413 registrations received from five continents have been reduced to five semi-finalists.
Hall of American Culture
National Museum of American History/Late 2020
The third and final reimaging of the museum’s West Wing presents America as a unique country where culture makers and their giant audiences engage one another, be it in a megachurch, Barnum’s circus tent or a cineplex.
2021 and Beyond
America by Air Reimagined
National Air and Space Museum/2021
“America by Air” will emerge from the museum’s multi-year transformation campaign refreshed with a new layout, improved graphics, interactive elements and new artifacts suspended from the ceiling. The ground floor exhibition will continue to trace the history of air transportation and explore how the federal government shaped the industry and how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel.
Despite a groundbreaking ceremony in 2017, an additional $30 million is required to construct the new national memorial to the men and women who fought in the war to end all wars.