Washington, DC

“Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock Given to National Gallery of Art by Glenstone Museum as a Symbol of Hope and Renewal”

From an email:

“Katharina Fritsch’ Hahn/Cock (2013) has been given on the National Gallery’s 80th anniversary by the Glenstone Museum to the National Gallery as a symbol of hope and renewal on the horizon. While our East/West Buildings remain closed, beginning tonight the sculpture will be illuminated at night so Washingtonians can see it from afar until they can be reunited for that ‘gram again.”

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1704 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to Martha for the heads up. From Dolcezza:

“WE MADE IT Let’s Celebrate


This week marks a full year since so many small businesses in DC were ordered to close and, we are THRILLED that one year later our Dupont shop has reopened and – MORE GOOD NEWS- our Bethesda, City Center, and Fairfax locations are OPEN FOR GOOD Our location inside the @hirshhorn will also reopen when the @smithsonian is open to the public again. Read More


Photo by Tim Brown

From a press release:

“The historic Arts + Industries Building (AIB), America’s first National Museum, will temporarily reopen this November after nearly two decades for the debut exhibition FUTURES, the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future. Read More


1001 F Street, NW

Thanks to David for sending. Madame Tussauds website still lists the D.C. location as “TEMPORARILY CLOSED”:

“In an abundance of caution, Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. will temporarily close effective Wednesday, March 18. We will remain in contact with the authorities on when we should re-open. If you have purchased tickets for the dates when we will be closed, you may use these tickets for any future date through December 31, 2020.”

Their Facebook was last active January 21st (nobody could resist the Bernie mittens meme!) Read More


Photo by C Buoscio, don’t mean to tease but to be clear the ice rink will remain closed

Thanks to Donna for sharing: “Good News

The National Gallery will reopen the Sculpture Garden and Pavilion Café to the public starting this Sunday, February 14. The garden will be open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Capacity limited”

From the National Gallery of Art:

“We’re (Almost) Open!

Sculpture Garden: Will Reopen on February 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily Read More


Photo by angela n.

From the Smithsonian:

“Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. Free timed-entry passes are required for entry at most of our open museums, galleries, and the zoo through Sunday, Nov. 22. Outdoor gardens will remain open, no passes required.”


courtesy Planet Word

From a press release:

“Today, Planet Word, a revolutionary museum dedicated to the power, beauty, and fun of language and to showing how words shape the human experience, opened its doors to the public. Housed in Washington, D.C.’s historic Franklin School, Planet Word is the world’s first voice-activated museum, featuring immersive galleries and exhibits that will engage visitors of all ages in experiencing words and language from a wide range of perspectives. General admission is free. Read More


located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue, N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets

Ed. Note: This follows the recent openings of “the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall; the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, both located at Eighth and G Streets N.W.; and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum near the White House.”

From a press release:

The National Museum of American History, along with the National Museum of the American Indian, reopens to the public on Friday, September 25. We will reopen with new health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with reduced days and hours. Read More


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