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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
Experience Migration
Spring 2020 –

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds.

National Zoo
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
The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers
November 3, 2017 – September 3, 2018

The Sweat of Their Face combines art and social history with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art.

Portrait Gallery
October 26, 2017 – Fall 2027

The exhibition examines four major events in U.S. history—Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend showcases what is known about how narwhals sense their environment, and explores exciting new scientific discoveries about these animals in the context of a changing arctic climate.

Natural History Museum
One Life: Sylvia Plath
June 30, 2017 – May 20, 2018

The exhibition reveals how Plath shaped her identity visually as she came of age as a writer in the 1950s. Visitors will get a look into Plath’s personal life and her dualistic nature.

Portrait Gallery
American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith
June 28, 2017 – Permanent

Presents national treasures and artifacts that represent American democracy in action—from the Revolution to today—based on the ideals and ideas of the bold American experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

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

Through almost 300 objects, explores the 500-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures shaped and negotiated the culture of the United States, the full expression of E Pluribus Unum, out of the many, one.

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
Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image
June 16, 2017 – April 15, 2018

The biggest Hollywood star at a time when “talkies” were still new, Dietrich captured men’s hearts and women’s admiration on screen and off.

Portrait Gallery
Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady
June 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018

This Daguerreian Gallery exhibition traces the trajectory of Brady’s early career through portrait daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and salted-paper prints in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. 

Portrait Gallery
Trolley Car Mail
May 19, 2017 – September 10, 2017

Learn about trolley car mail and increased speed in mail delivery. Between trolleys and multiple daily deliveries in large cities, individuals or businesses could send and receive letters as many as three to four times a day!

Postal 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
Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art
April 28, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Alternatively expressive and aloof, the contradictory attitudes of cats make them compelling sources of inspiration. They are seen in numerous guises: playful subjects, humorous topics of conversation, independent studio companions, and beloved members of the family.

Archives of American Art
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

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