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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

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Catch these can't-miss DC events, plays, museum exhibits and more before it's too late!

Many eventsplays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Consider this your last chance to catch ‘em while you can!

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Hall of States - Free arts and culture attraction in Washington, DC

National Geographic Photo Camp – Closes June 20
The National Geographic Photo Camp provides immersive learning experiences for underprivileged and at-risk youth around the world. The Kennedy Center exhibits the tremendous benefits and life-altering experiences that come with these camps through June 20 in its Hall of Nations and Hall of States. Visitors can see photographs, videos and text that will unveil the narrative of the displaced youth during their time with National Geographic photographers, telling their stories of triumph and resilience in vivid detail.
Opens at 10 a.m. daily |  Free admission
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Spring theater in Washington, DC

‘Describe the Night’ – Ends June 23
Penned by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph, Describe the Night begins in 1920 as Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel begins a diary while traversing the countryside with the Red Cavalry. The story then flashes forward 90 years to the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, which leads to the discovery of the diary in the wreckage. What’s inside Babel’s diary, and its importance to a KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin, drives the fascinating plot forward.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


'Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912' - Free museum exhibit at the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler galleries in Washington, DC

‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912’ – Closes June 23
The Freer|Sackler galleries present the first-ever, in-depth exhibition on the women of the Qing dynasty, which lasted roughly 260 years. Empresses will elaborate on how Qing women were vital to the success of the dynasty and were in no way passive – the empresses rode horses, performed royal duties, traveled and exerted influence in the arts, religion and politics. The exhibit will feature numerous relics, including paintings, royal portraits, Buddhist sutras, costumes, jewelry and furniture, many of which came from the imperial complex used by the empresses known as the Forbidden City.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Art display at By The People Festival on the National Mall - Free things to do this summer in Washington, DC

By the People Festival – Ends June 23
The By the People festival attracts some of the modern art world’s top talents, who will display works spanning various forms of media, including a floating installation on DC’s waterways. The free festival also features collaborations with Smithsonian museums (including late-night access during Solstice Saturday) on and off the National Mall, as well as points of interest throughout the neighborhoods.

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Falsettos theater performance at the Kennedy Center - Summer theater in Washington, DC

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‘Falsettos’ – Ends June 23
The groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical from William Finn and James Lapine comes to the Kennedy Center in an all-new production from Lincoln Center Theater. The story focuses on Marvin, a charming but neurotic gay man, as well as his wife, lover, son, psychiatrist and lesbian friends next door. This poignant story shows the incredible possibilities of the modern family through crisp dialogue and fantastic songs.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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'Hello, Dolly!' – Ends July 7
Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in this acclaimed edition of one of the greatest American musicals. After breaking box office records in New York and earning four Tony Awards, this uproarious take on director/choreographer Gower Champion’s classic play promises to be a summer smash inside the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.The Kennedy Center has partnered with TodayTix to offer a limited number of $30 lottery tickets for each Hello, Dolly! performance. Find out how you can enter to win today.
Tickets | $30 Lottery Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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