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Space Exploration: Destination Moon
2020 TBA – Permanent

A new, state-of-the-art exhibition called Destination Moon will replace the Apollo to the Moon gallery. Destination Moon will feature many of the key artifacts in the old exhibition, as well as some now in other locations or in storage.

Air and Space Museum
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
September 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019

Bill Traylor (1853/54-1949) is one of the most celebrated American self-taught artists. His life—which spanned slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Great Migration and foreshadowed the era of Civil Rights—offers a rare perspective to the larger story of America.

American Art Museum
George Catlin's American Buffalo
March 16, 2018 – August 5, 2018

The exhibition and related book explore Catlin’s representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through forty original paintings by the artist.

American Art Museum
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s
February 14, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Brand New is the first museum exhibition to examine the artistic appropriation of commercial products in the late 20th century, a pivotal moment when artwork became a commodity and the artist became a brand.

Hirshhorn Museum
Mark Bradford
November 2017 – (year-long run)

Renowned American artist Mark Bradford creates large-scale, site-specific paintings that will occupy the entire circumference—almost 400 feet—of the Hirshhorn’s Inner Ring Galleries, forming a monumental circular “cyclorama” that will offer an evocative, immersive experience for our visitors.

Hirshhorn Museum
Tamayo: The New York Years
November 3, 2017 – March 18, 2018

Tamayo: The New York Years is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world.

American Art Museum
October 26, 2017 – Fall 2027

The exhibition examines five major events in U.S. history -- Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, Trail of Tears, Gold Rush, and the Battle of Little Bighorn -- and how perceptions about these nation-building events, in which Indians played pivotal roles, have changed over time.

American Indian Museum
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend
Opening August 2017 – TBD

Narwhal, Ice, and Inuit in a Changing Arctic will showcase what is known about how narwhals sense their environment, and explore exciting new scientific discoveries about these animals in the context of a changing arctic climate.


Natural History Museum
American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith
June 28, 2017 – Permanent

Explores how a nation committed to the principles of popular sovereignty debated how to make this idealistic vision work and what living in a democracy really means.

American History Museum
Many Voices, One Nation
June 28, 2017 – Permanent

Presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled, and created the culture of the United States.

American History Museum
Religion in Early America
June 28, 2017 – June 2018

Through dozens of objects and images, Religion in Early America considers the intersection of religious freedom, religious diversity, and religious growth from the colonial era through the first decades of U.S. history.

American History Museum
Down These Mean Streets
May 12, 2017 – August 6, 2017

The exhibition will examine how Latino photographers depicted America’s urban streets when notions of the inner city began to emerge. The title of the exhibition is taken from Piri Thomas’ bestselling memoir Down These Mean Streets (1967), where the author narrates his tough upbringing in New York City’s El Barrio.

American Art Museum
Cultivating America's Gardens
April 2017 – July 2018

Using books and objects from Libraries and Gardens collections of the Smithsonian, Cultivating America’s Gardens highlights early horticulture publications.

American History Museum
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years
April 7, 2017 – August 20, 2017

This is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter Voulkos, who completely re-invented his medium of proper ceramics technique and form. Aproximately thirty-five examples from this crucial body of early work will be featured.

Renwick Gallery
My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I
April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I.

Postal Museum
Modern Medicine and the Great War
March 31, 2017 – January 2019

World War I provided a testing ground for the application of new medical technologies and procedures, and in some cases accelerated their general acceptance or development. At the same time, wartime medical practice reflected the larger concerns and prejudices of early twentieth century America, as the country coped with ever more complex problems of modern industrial society.

American History Museum
Advertising War
March 17, 2017 – January 2019

Poster imagery presented gives glimpses of the war front, illustrates participation on the home front, reveals the new roles of women, demonstrates new technologies, shows the breadth of military service, and depicts America’s allies and enemies at that time.

American History Museum
June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation
March 10, 2017 – August 20, 2017

The exhibition will be the first retrospective spanning of the artist's entire career including works never seen before in public from her personal collection. June Schwarcz was the foremost enamelist in the country and known for her innovatatively designed vessels.

Renwick Gallery
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
February 23, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Spanning over five decades, the exhibition focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-relfective infinity Mirror Rooms. At least five immersive rooms will be included along with a selection of the artist’s infinity net paintings, recent paintings, and archival material.

Hirshhorn Museum
Executive Order 9066
February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2018

In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and reshaped the history of Americans of Japanese descent. In the post-9/11 world, the U.S. continues to wrestle with the tension between personal freedom and national security.

American History Museum

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