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144 Constitution Ave, NE. Photo Credit: Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

From an email:

“Established today, the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument tells the story of women fighting for equal rights and the right to vote. Washington, DC’s newest national park site!”

Untitled by Nina Allender, November 1917. Originally published on the cover of “The Suffragist” on November 17, 1917, the cartoon shows a woman holding a banner with the words, “To Ask Freedom for Women is Not a Crime. Suffrage Prisoners Should Not Be Treated as Criminals.” Various crimes are represented on the “straight legal road” she walks down. Photo Credit: Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

From the National Parks Conservation Association:

“President Obama will issue a proclamation designating the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C. as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the country’s newest national park site.

The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument contains the most complete collection of women’s suffrage and equal rights movement documents and artifacts in America. These resources help tell the story of women in America and one that will now be told by the best storytellers in the business – the National Park Service. (more…)

via the National Building Museum

From a press release:

“The National Building Museum will create a new, one-of-a-kind destination this summer when it unveils ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation will emphasize current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. ICEBERGS will be open to the public July 2–September 5, 2016, part of the Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series.

ICEBERGS will feature installation elements in a variety of sizes and built of re-usable construction materials such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. A “water line” suspended 20 feet high will bisect the vertical space, allowing panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56 feet, will reach above the waterline to the third story balcony of the Museum. ICEBERGS will occupy a total area of 12,540 square feet. (more…)

Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

From an email:

“The National Air and Space Museum will open its newest exhibition, “A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera,” Feb. 26, displaying dramatic landscapes of the moon captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). The images showcase everything from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. The exhibition will be open through December at the museum in Washington, D.C.

The 61 large prints in the exhibition reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic and full of grandeur and wonder. The more than a million images from LROC are reshaping scientists’ understanding of the moon. They reveal newly formed impact craters, recent volcanic activity and a crust that is fractured by the shrinking of a still-cooling interior.

“A New Moon Rises” is divided into six themes: Global Views, Exploration Sites, Discoveries, Vistas, Topography and Craters. These themes helped to determine which of the thousands of images taken by the LROC would be chosen for display. Visitors will also see new images from LROC projected on a large screen that will be updated daily. The exhibition includes a display of spare LROC cameras and a large 3-D model of a young lunar crater.

The exhibition is made possible by the support of NASA and Arizona State University.

The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. ”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Brandon Kopp

Easy come, easy go – just as the Renwick Gallery reopens – the awesome Freer Gallery will be closing:

“We are closing the Freer Gallery from January 4, 2016, through 2017 for long-needed upgrades to our infrastructure. The renovation also is an opportunity to re-present our collections and to improve the visitor experience throughout the museums. The Sackler Gallery will remain open and as dynamic as ever, with events held both in the museum and at venues throughout the DC area.

Don’t miss special events celebrating the Freer before its brief hiatus!

The remaining Peacock Room shutter openings
The final days to tour the Freer galleries on January 2 and 3, with tours, masks, and more

Experience artistic connections possible only between our two Galleries:

the Freer’s Rinpa exhibitions and the Sackler’s Sōtatsu: Making Waves
the Freer’s Peacock Room and the Sackler’s Peacock Room REMIX
the Freer’s ancient Egyptian art and the Sackler’s Perspectives: Lara Baladi, a contemporary take on Egypt”


From a press release:

WHAT:  SMITHSONIAN at 8 presents “James Smithson’s Holiday Birthday Ball: Party Like It’s 1765!”

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4, 8 to 11 p.m. (7 to 11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

WHERE: Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Independence Ave., SW (Enter from Independence Ave. or Jefferson Dr., SW)

When it came to gift-giving, James Smithson was a champ. On his death in 1829, the English chemist and mineralogist left his sizeable fortune to the United States—a place he’d never visited—to found “an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge” called the Smithsonian Institution.

Now, on the 250th anniversary of his birth*, it’s time to give him a big thank-you by gathering in the original Smithsonian building, the historic Castle, for a birthday bash inspired by James, his era, and the Smithsonian itself.

It’s going to be a terrific party: (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

From National Museum of African American History and Culture:

“On the evenings of November 16-18, to kick off the countdown to its grand opening next fall, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will come alive for three nights as the façade of the building will be illuminated with moving images in a spectacular display.

The event commemorates three important milestones in African American history: (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

On Monday we learned that the Renwick Gallery would be reopening after a two year renovation on Friday. Check out a sneak peek of one of the opening exhibits – WONDER:

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

1Renwick Photo by Joshua Yetman
Photo courtesy Renwick by Joshua Yetman

From a press release:

“The Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, will open to the public Friday, Nov. 13, following a comprehensive two-year renovation. The museum, located across from the White House at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C., will open with an updated interior aesthetic, carefully restored historic features and significantly upgraded, state-of-the-art infrastructure. The inaugural exhibition, titled “WONDER,” will feature gallery-sized installations by nine major contemporary artists, renewing the commitment inscribed in stone above the front door, “Dedicated to Art.” The opening will be accompanied by a celebratory weekend of public programs and three special publications. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user James Jackson

A bit late on this one but it is odd – thanks to a reader for sending this August story from the Washington Post:

“The decision to hold the Hirshhorn’s 40th-anniversary gala in New York is deeply troubling and raises concern about where the museum’s new director, Melissa Chiu, is taking the organization. According to the New York Times, the Nov. 9 gala will include 400 invited guests and honor 40 living artists whom the museum considers essential to its identity. But despite Chiu’s statement in the Times story announcing the event — that she intends no snub to the Washington arts crowd — it is a snub, and a distressing indication that she doesn’t understand the purpose, the history or the identity of the museum she now leads.”

crime museum closing
575 7th Street, NW

From the Crime Museum’s website:

“Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances…

Crime Museum will be closing its doors to the public on
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Tickets still available — visit while you can!

We would like to thank you for your support over the years. We will continue to post updates on this website.

After we close, several programs will still be offered to the public.

Programs that will continue AFTER September 30th:

– Assassinations in the Capital Walking Tour
– Traveling Forensic Educational Programs
– Team Building
For more information see the links below or contact [email protected]

The Crime Museum opened on May 23, 2008. The museum’s conception began when Mr. John Morgan, successful entrepreneur and respected attorney, was amongst the tourist crowds on a trip to Alcatraz Island, the former federal prison in San Francisco, CA that’s now a national park. After his tour of the prison, he decided that a museum that discussed the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation was needed. His goal was to make it interactive and to also honor law enforcement. He partnered with his friend John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted to bring his vision to reality.

Crime Museum Mission
The mission is to provide guests of all ages with memorable insight into our nation’s history of crime and its consequences, law enforcement, forensic science, and crime scene investigation through a captivating, interactive, entertaining, and educational experience.”

Good to see they’re keeping a sense of humor about it: