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Royal Philatelic Society London’s 150th Anniversary Exhibition

One-Time Events The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is pleased and proud to host the official North American celebration of The Royal Philatelic Society London’s 150th anniversary from October 18-19, 2019. The special theme of the program is the 1939 state visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Washington, D.C. which began next door to the Museum at Union Station. The royal visit marked the only time the world’s two most famous stamp collectors—The King and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt—met face-to-face. In the same way, eighty years later, the Smithsonian and RPSL will bring together some of the world’s leading philatelists for three days of activities. The exhibition will include displays of Empire and Commonwealth treasures and royal autographs from the National Postal Museum’s collection, as well as a non-competitive exhibition of single-frame exhibits by RPSL’s North American members. The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, affording visitors a deeper understanding of the… Categories: Celebrations. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, Historic Lobby. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019 – Saturday, October 19, 2019. For more info visit postalmuseum.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM.

Highlights Tour

Daily Zoo Programs Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call Natalie Sutton at 202-633-3061. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Strike a Prose: Crafting Dialogue (fiction)

One-Time Events This creative writing workshop is centered on the special exhibition "In Mid-Sentence," which features photographs of some of the most iconic conversations and speeches in twentieth-century American history. Taking a highly cooperative and interactive approach, we will explore ways to write about things said and those left unsaid.  Open to writers of all levels (18+). Free. Register at npg.eventbrite.com . Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Registration required. Link below. Get Tickets: http://npg.eventbrite.com. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Exhibition Interpreters/Navigators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Museum volunteer interpreters welcome visitors, answer questions, and help visitors navigate exhibitions. Interpreters may be stationed in several of the following exhibitions at various times throughout the day, subject to volunteer interpreter availability. The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? , The Sant Ocean Hall. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM.

American Experiments

Ongoing Tours & Activities Unity Square is home to American Experiments, a set of activities that invite you to explore, play, and connect with the people around you. Five experiments bring to life the themes of the surrounding exhibitions—participation, commitment, negotiation, voting, protest, and pluralism. You’ll reflect on the history of the nation we build together and consider your own role in creating the nation of tomorrow. “American Experiments” was developed by the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, and was made possible by a gift from the Julie and Greg Flynn Family Fund. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Audio Tours (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Put on a head set and immerse yourself into the highlights of the museum’s exhibits. Our curators and other experts will guide you through the museum. There is a tour for everyone in your family, from the youngest preschooler to your tween and all adults.   The adult tour is available in Mandarin and Spanish. There is also a tour that focuses on our Democracy, A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation exhibits. The tours make it easy to navigate the museum and assure that you’ll see the best of what we have to offer. The interactive activities, videos and extra information make them fun, too. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: 1 and 2 Center. Cost: Admission $7.00 each or $6.00 if you buy more than one. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM.

CLOSED - Wonderplace

Ongoing Tours & Activities Wegmans Wonderplace will be closed for maintenance, cleaning, and staff training from Wednesday, October 16 through Thursday, October, 24 2019. The exhibit will reopen on Friday, October 25, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience. This learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians. Weekdays On weekdays, admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. There may be a brief wait to enter during busy times. Weekends and Federal Holidays On weekends and federal holidays, we may use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time if needed. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required for the first session from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The… Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Ride Simulators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (ride approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of four simulators. Experience the thrill of careening through an action-packed roller-coaster course or racing in futuristic high-speed hovercars. Choose your adventure: Cosmic Race , Bermuda Triangle , Solar Coaster , Grand Prix Raceway , Astro Canyon , Glacier Run. Note: Simulator accommodates up to 8 people per ride. Children must be 42 inches tall unless riding with an adult. Open the same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Simulator Gallery, Lower Level. Cost: Tickets always available for purchase at the entrance to the simulator gallery and may also be available at either Welcome desk. Admission Per Ride - $7.00 per person Payment Options: - Cash, VISA, and MasterCard. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Spark!Lab

Ongoing Tours & Activities On December 24th, 2017, Spark!Lab will be closing at 2 p.m. Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity. Spark!Lab activities are designed around common themes that connect to National Museum of American History collections and exhibitions. Themes are developed broadly to incorporate a wide range of collections and will change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Spark!Lab, First Floor, West Wing. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Related Exhibition: Places of Invention, Inventive Minds, Landmark Object: Ralph Baer's Workshop, Inventing in America. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit invention.si.edu.

Flight Simulators: Fly or Ride! (all day)

Ongoing Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of two simulators. Choose your adventure: Ride aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in an F-4 Phantom II -- as you pilot the simulator into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round , Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: West Wing, Gallery 103, Simulator Gallery. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater or Planetarium ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options - At Simulators: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At IMAX and… Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Amazing Butterflies: The science behind their beautiful color

One-Time Events Blue Morpho butterflies are beautiful creatures full of secrets. Join us while we uncover their secrets using microscopes with mind-blowing magnifications and simple science concepts. Offered in English and Spanish. Mariposas maravillosas: La ciencia detras de su hermoso color (en español) La mariposa Morpho azul es una hermosa criatura llena de secretos. Ven con nosotros a descubrir estos secretos usando microscopios que alcanzan magnificaciones increibles y simples conceptos cientificos. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor, Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Flight Simulators: SpaceWalk or Wings (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of three ride simulators. Choose your adventure: Take a 3-D journey aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in one of two F-4 Phantom II interactive flight simulators -- as you pilot your aircraft into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round: , Daily: Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Main Level, near the simulators. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options: - At Simulator: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At Box Office: Cash or major… Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Conversation Circles

Ongoing Activities Join this free drop-in program for adults interested in improving their English conversational abilities as we learn about a new subject in American history each week. Connect to history through portraiture, then break into groups for smaller conversations and activities. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Art Demonstrations by Ian Kuali’i

American Indian Museum NY Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache ancestry) combines large-scale cut paper, land art and murals with traditional Hawaiian arts to create a hybrid of traditional and contemporary works. Photo courtesy of the artist. Categories: Demonstrations. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, Diker Pavilion. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Ancestral Connections. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

American Indian Museum NY Native people were the original innovators of the Americas: that is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. In this family-friendly, interactive space, visitors of all ages will explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations. For more information, visit http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/imagiNATIONS/ Group reservations are required, please contact:  nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Butterfly Pavilion

Ongoing Tours & Activities Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world. Regular Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:15 AM-5:30 PM; last timed ticket at 5 PM. , Closed Mondays (Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian.), Accessibility: The Butterfly Pavilion is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor. Cost: Adults (13-59): $7.50 Seniors (60+): $7 Children (2 to 12): $6.50 Tuesdays: Free Timed entry tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion, including Free Tuesdays. Tuesday tickets are available only onsite at the Butterfly Ticket Desk. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1006103/butterfly-pavilion-entry-washington-butterfly-pavilion. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:15 AM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM.

Beginning Drawing

Resident Associate Program This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3038/39, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245761?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:15 AM – 12:45 PM.

Clouded Leopard Cub Viewing

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as the Zoo's two clouded leopard cubs, Jilian and Paitoon, explore their habitat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Farm Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a Kids' Farm keeper for the daily fish feeding and learn about the catfish and koi that call this exhibit home. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Interactive Carts

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents stationed at carts help visitors get their hands on history and learn about the museum's collections. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Please note: Activity subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Spotlight Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents offer a 15-minute overview of an exhibition or briefly discuss a favorite museum object. Look for the "Docent on Duty" signs posted outside the exhibition entrances. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Notes: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Stop by the lower pools in Amazonia for the morning fish feed.  Freshwater stingrays, piranhas, or pacu may be fed during this demonstration. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Giant Panda or Red Panda Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Did you know that "panda" means bamboo-footed, or bamboo eater?  Hear from one of the zookeepers who cares for the giant pandas and red pandas found along Asia Trail. Check the board at the giant panda exhibit, or along Asia Trail to find out the exact location of today's demonstration. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Flights of Fancy -- Stories for Children

Ongoing Activities Hear museum staff read children's stories about aviation or space exploration; then try your hand at an art activity. See the National Air and Space Museum website for today's title. Year-Round: Most Thurs. & Fri.: 11 AM , Most Sat.: 11 AM & 1:30 PM. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Visit the National Air and Space Museum website for story time location. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Dead Letter Office: Gallery Experience

Ongoing Tours & Activities Could you be a postal clerk? In this activity, a volunteer challenges you to sort mail, deciding which letters will be delivered and which would be sent to the Dead Letter Office. Complete the challenge and leave with a prize! Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Moving the Mail Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly volunteer at the Welcome Desk for a 45 minute tour of the highlights of the museum. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Flights of Fancy -- Stories for Children

Ongoing Tours & Activities Hear museum staff read children's stories about aviation or space exploration; then try your hand at a hands-on activity. Story time will take place most Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 11:00 and 11:30 am. See the National Air and Space Museum website for today's title. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Visit the National Air and Space Museum website for story time location. Cost: Free, parking $15. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Think Tank Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

F|S in Focus

Tours Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days before the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 11:30am | Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 12:30pm. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Ongoing Activities Story time in our Explore! space immerses you in tales of artists, presidents, inventors, athletes, and more! Before or after story time, enjoy our family space where you can play and learn about portraiture. 11:45am Tuesday-Sunday. All ages welcome. No reservation required. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Explore! space, first floor. Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:45 AM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

View the Sun with Safe Telescopes

One-Time Events Become an astronomer using our solar-filtered telescopes. We will be there to help you observe the Sun, Moon, and other objects in space, as well as answer any questions you have. Details: Our Observatory is free. , We are open to the public, weather permitting. , Follow @airandspace on Twitter for weather and closure updates, or ask at the Museum's Welcome Center. , Accessibility: The Observatory dome and terrace are accessible via ramp or steps. Written and touchable explanatory materials are available. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Braille. Sensory Programs. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Renwick Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: Renwick Gallery. Event Location: Meet in lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:00 PM.

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a Highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery.   NOTE:  Highlights tours will occur at the following times: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. , Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Tours are subject to cancellation or schedule changes. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street lobby. Cost: Free: Walk--in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, and sculptor Daniel Chester French; viewing the Collectors Office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140-ton Rotunda dome by Rafael Gustavino. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free, no reservations required. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer

Tours Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at the Freer Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities This highlights tour of the museum's collection may include highlights of the temporary exhibitions. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Join the Student Sit-Ins

Ongoing Tours & Activities How did student activists participate in the ongoing process of building America? The centerpiece of Coulter Unity Square, this play contextualizes the Greensboro Lunch Counter as an icon of the civil rights movement and an emblem of the transformative power Americans have to create the nation in which they want to live. The 30 minute interactive play transports visitors to a nonviolent protest training session a few weeks after the original sit-in that occurred at the F. W Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. Exploring the intersection of race, civic activism, and religious inspiration, this program sets the stage for a conversation about how we all can shape the future of America. Showtimes: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm Please note: Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Associates - Discovery Theater. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tour: Art Break

Ongoing Activities Join us at 12:30 pm for ART BREAK to spend an hour connecting artworks across a common thread. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Electric Fishes Keeper Talk & Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a zookeeper in Amazonia's Field Station exhibit to learn about electric eels and fishes. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Conservation Conversation: Preserving SAAM's Collection

Ongoing Tours & Activities Learn how conservators use science, art history, and skill to preserve objects from the museum’s collections at the Lunder Conservation Center during this weekly tour. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Portrait Gallery. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet at G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Welcome Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly volunteer at the Welcome Desk for a 45 minute tour of the highlights of the museum. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Starts at the Welcome Desk in the Historic Lobby. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Spontaneous Performance

Ongoing Tours & Activities Celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music at the National Museum of the American. On most weekdays, Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa, Santee Dakota and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) shares tribal songs from Alaska to Florida in the Potomac Atrium at 1 pm. At the end of his 30-minute presentation, audiences from around the world are encouraged to ask questions pertaining to the museum and Native culture. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Open Studio Fridays- How to Draw a Pumpkin

Ongoing Activities Discover your inner artist. Create an original artwork inspired by the Portrait Gallery collection while exploring a different technique or tool each week. *Lessons are subject to change.* Open Studio takes place in the National Portrait Gallery’s education center, room E151 on the first floor. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Education Center, E151. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Art Demonstrations by Ian Kuali’i

American Indian Museum NY Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache ancestry) combines large-scale cut paper, land art and murals with traditional Hawaiian arts to create a hybrid of traditional and contemporary works. Photo courtesy of the artist. Categories: Demonstrations. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, Diker Pavilion. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Ancestral Connections. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers at the tiger yard, located along Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Charla con Cuidador de Los Gatos Grandes

Daily Zoo Programs Habla con un cuidador de los animales que cuida a los leones y tigres en frente a la exhibición de tigres, ubicado a lo largo del Circulo de Gatos Grandes, directamente detrás del carrusel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Circulo de Gatos Grandes, directamente detrás del carrusel. Cost: Gratis y abierto al público. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Giant Panda Enrichment

Daily Zoo Programs Watch the Zoo's giant pandas as they receive afternoon enrichment in their outdoor yards. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Daily Zoo Programs Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Documenting Women Trowelblazers Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

One-Time Events It’s American Archives Month! Come participate in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to help tell the stories of women “trowelblazers” in the field of anthropology, drawing on collections held at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives. Learn about the roles women played in some of the field’s major breakthroughs. Get to know anthropologists such as ethnomusicologist Francis Densmore, Standing Rock Sioux anthropologist and activist Beatrice Medicine, archaeologist Rose Solecki, and economic anthropologist Stanley Ann Dunham (mother of Barack Obama). No Wikipedia editing experience necessary. Training and refreshments will be provided. Laptops are required. Please bring your own. Photo from WikiCommons: Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Chief Joseph at the Nez Percé Lapwai Reservation in Idaho. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor, Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Center. Cost: Free, registration required. Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documenting-women-trowelblazers-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-tickets-75617113823. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Gallery Tour: The Great Inka Road

Ongoing Tours & Activities This 45‑minute tour with a cultural interpreter provides an overview of the museum’s background and history, as well as a visit to the exhibition The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.  Construction of the Inka Road—a network more than 20,000 miles long, crossing mountains and tropical lowlands, rivers and deserts—stands as one of the monumental engineering achievements in history. The Great Inka Road explores the road's foundations in earlier Andean cultures, technologies that made building the road possible, the cosmology and political organization of the Inka world, and the legacy of the Inka Empire during the colonial period and in the present day. Photo: An Inka road cuts through an agricultural valley. Colca Canyon, Peru, 2014. National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Meet in the Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. For more info visit nmai.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

Taíno Culture and Identity Gallery Demonstrations

American Indian Museum NY The Taíno are one of the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Join us in the galleries to learn more about Taíno history, culture, and worldviews from museum specialist Jorge Estévez (Taíno). Through cultural materials and live demonstrations, Jorge facilitates discussion of the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions. This program takes place in the exhibition Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe on the following Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: - September, 25 – 27; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (drop-in) - October, 16 – 18; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (drop-in) - November, 6 – 8; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (drop-in) For questions and special accommodations, please contact NMAI-NY-Education@si.edu / 212-514-3710. Image: Deminán Karakarakol, Taíno cemí a central figure in the Taíno creation story, AD 1200–1500. Andrés, Dominican Republic; Click here to learn more. ________________ Demonstraciones en la galería de la cultura e… Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Latino Center. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 2nd Floor, Taíno Gallery. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Lemur Keeper

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about lemurs from one of the zookeepers who cares for these unique primates. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lemur Island. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Early Closing: Lower Zoo

Special Zoo Events In preparation for Boo at the Zoo, the following locations in the Zoo will be closed as of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18. Walkways and concessions around these locations will also be closed.   Great Ape House , Reptile Discovery Center , Think Tank , Lemur Island , Great Cats , Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lower Zoo (Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Lemur Island, Great Cats Circle). Related Events: Boo at the Zoo. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities This highlights tour of the museum's collection may include highlights of the temporary exhibitions. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Figure Drawing and Independent Projects

Resident Associate Program Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3038/39, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245762?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Culture Connections

American Indian Museum NY Touch, investigate, inquire and learn. Objects and images tell profound stories. Join Cultural Interpreters as they share objects and narratives in our galleries. Gain a deeper understanding of history, culture, and art from hundreds of Indigenous nations in North, Central, and South America. Categories: Demonstrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Second Floor Galleries. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art

Tours Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at the Sackler Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM.

Join the Student Sit-Ins

Ongoing Tours & Activities How did student activists participate in the ongoing process of building America? The centerpiece of Coulter Unity Square, this play contextualizes the Greensboro Lunch Counter as an icon of the civil rights movement and an emblem of the transformative power Americans have to create the nation in which they want to live. The 30 minute interactive play transports visitors to a nonviolent protest training session a few weeks after the original sit-in that occurred at the F. W Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. Exploring the intersection of race, civic activism, and religious inspiration, this program sets the stage for a conversation about how we all can shape the future of America. Showtimes: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm Please note: Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Associates - Discovery Theater. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Docent's Choice Tour of the Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America's Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view. Tours generally occur: Monday–Friday: noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby. Cost: Free. Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Early Closing: Mid-Zoo & Amazonia

Special Zoo Events In preparation for Boo at the Zoo, the following locations in the Zoo will be closed as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18 Walkways and concessions around these locations will also be closed.  Please note that some locations listed below may close earlier in the day. Amazonia , Giant Panda House , Elephant Community Center , Small Mammal House , Great Ape House , Reptile Discovery Center , Think Tank , Lemur Island , Great Cats , Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Mid-Zoo (Small Mammal House, Giant Panda House, Elephant Community Center) and Amazonia. Related Events: Boo at the Zoo. Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tour: Three/Thirty

Ongoing Activities Join us at 3:30 PM for THREE/THIRTY for a unique guided tour that explores three artworks in thirty minutes. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM.

Early Closing: Entire Zoo

Special Zoo Events In preparation for Boo at the Zoo, the entire Zoo will close to the general public at 4:00 p.m. Please note that many of the Zoo's buildings and walkways will be closed prior to 4:00 p.m. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Related Events: Boo at the Zoo. Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in IMAX

One-Time Events Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Categories: Films. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Airbus IMAX Theater. Cost: Adult $15.00  Senior (60 and up) $14.00  Military $14.00  Youth (Ages 2-12) $13.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&agency=SETH_SNG&event_val=20HAZY_MALFC&schedule=list. Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:25 PM – 7:23 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

Boo at the Zoo

Special Zoo Events Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat stations, a dance party and kids' karaoke. This frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. All will enjoy: A commemorative Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bag , 40+ treat stations , A dance party and kids' karaoke , The chance to meet Frankenpanda and Count Pandula , After-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, including: Small Mammal House , Reptile Discovery Center , Think Tank , Great Cats Circle , Elephant Community Center , Kids' Farm , Asia Trail (David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be closed) Zoo education stations , Rides on the Speedwell Conservation Carousel (additional charge) , A sensory space in the Think Tank classroom for guests with sensory processing disabilities to take a quiet break from trick-or-treating. Categories: Celebrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Co-sponsor: Sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Cost: FONZ members: $20 Non-members: $30, Boo at the Zoo is perfect for kids ages 4 to 12. All guests ages 2 and older must have a ticket. Get Tickets: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/boo-zoo. Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Film: "Folklore: Pob"

Films View the trailer.  HBO Asia’s miniseries Folklore presented tales of the supernatural from six Asian countries, based on each region’s traditional legends. One standout was Thailand’s entry, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaurang (Last Life in the Universe, Headshot), who visited the Freer for a retrospective in 2014. Ratanaurang takes on the myth of the pob, a ghost known for devouring human intestines. When an American corporate executive is found murdered, a photojournalist covers the story, only to find himself meeting the pob who committed the crime and now wants to tell its side of the story. Shot in rich black and white tones, this film mixes horror and humor with a touch of politics. One of the the pob’s beefs, it turns out, is that the arrogant American refused to believe in ghosts. (Dir.: Pen-ek Ratanaurang, Thailand, 2018, 56 min. DCP, Thai and English with English subtitles). Categories: After Five. Films. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:00 PM.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in IMAX

One-Time Events Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Categories: Films. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Airbus IMAX Theater. Cost: Adult $15.00  Senior (60 and up) $14.00  Military $14.00  Youth (Ages 2-12) $13.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&agency=SETH_SNG&event_val=20HAZY_MALFC&schedule=list. Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:40 PM – 9:38 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in IMAX

One-Time Events Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Categories: Films. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Airbus IMAX Theater. Cost: Adult $15.00  Senior (60 and up) $14.00  Military $14.00  Youth (Ages 2-12) $13.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&agency=SETH_SNG&event_val=20HAZY_MALFC&schedule=list. Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:55 PM – 11:53 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Resident Associate Program Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: Tour meets outside the Smithsonian, Metro, Mall Exit, . Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245722?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity

Resident Associate Program Historian Alexander Mikaberidze examines the revolutionary fervor sparked by the French Revolution that spread across Europe, and which continues to serve as an inspiration of the finest principles of modern democracy, as well as a warning of what can happen when idealism goes wrong. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/246046?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM.

Highlights Tour

Daily Zoo Programs Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call Natalie Sutton at 202-633-3061. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Exhibition Interpreters/Navigators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Museum volunteer interpreters welcome visitors, answer questions, and help visitors navigate exhibitions. Interpreters may be stationed in several of the following exhibitions at various times throughout the day, subject to volunteer interpreter availability. The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? , The Sant Ocean Hall. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM.

American Experiments

Ongoing Tours & Activities Unity Square is home to American Experiments, a set of activities that invite you to explore, play, and connect with the people around you. Five experiments bring to life the themes of the surrounding exhibitions—participation, commitment, negotiation, voting, protest, and pluralism. You’ll reflect on the history of the nation we build together and consider your own role in creating the nation of tomorrow. “American Experiments” was developed by the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, and was made possible by a gift from the Julie and Greg Flynn Family Fund. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Audio Tours (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Put on a head set and immerse yourself into the highlights of the museum’s exhibits. Our curators and other experts will guide you through the museum. There is a tour for everyone in your family, from the youngest preschooler to your tween and all adults.   The adult tour is available in Mandarin and Spanish. There is also a tour that focuses on our Democracy, A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation exhibits. The tours make it easy to navigate the museum and assure that you’ll see the best of what we have to offer. The interactive activities, videos and extra information make them fun, too. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: 1 and 2 Center. Cost: Admission $7.00 each or $6.00 if you buy more than one. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM.

CLOSED - Wonderplace

Ongoing Tours & Activities Wegmans Wonderplace will be closed for maintenance, cleaning, and staff training from Wednesday, October 16 through Thursday, October, 24 2019. The exhibit will reopen on Friday, October 25, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience. This learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians. Weekdays On weekdays, admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. There may be a brief wait to enter during busy times. Weekends and Federal Holidays On weekends and federal holidays, we may use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time if needed. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required for the first session from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West. The… Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Wonderplace, 1 West. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Ride Simulators (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (ride approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of four simulators. Experience the thrill of careening through an action-packed roller-coaster course or racing in futuristic high-speed hovercars. Choose your adventure: Cosmic Race , Bermuda Triangle , Solar Coaster , Grand Prix Raceway , Astro Canyon , Glacier Run. Note: Simulator accommodates up to 8 people per ride. Children must be 42 inches tall unless riding with an adult. Open the same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Simulator Gallery, Lower Level. Cost: Tickets always available for purchase at the entrance to the simulator gallery and may also be available at either Welcome desk. Admission Per Ride - $7.00 per person Payment Options: - Cash, VISA, and MasterCard. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM.

Spark!Lab

Ongoing Tours & Activities Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity. Spark!Lab activities are designed around common themes that connect to National Museum of American History collections and exhibitions. Themes are developed broadly to incorporate a wide range of collections and will change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Spark!Lab, First Floor, West Wing. Cost: Free; first come, first served. Related Exhibition: Places of Invention, Inventive Minds, Landmark Object: Ralph Baer's Workshop, Inventing in America. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit invention.si.edu.

Flight Simulators: Fly or Ride! (all day)

Ongoing Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of two simulators. Choose your adventure: Ride aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in an F-4 Phantom II -- as you pilot the simulator into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round , Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: West Wing, Gallery 103, Simulator Gallery. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater or Planetarium ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options - At Simulators: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At IMAX and… Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Archaeology Family Day

One-Time Events The National Museum of Natural History, the Society for American Archaeology, DC Historic Preservation Office, and Archaeology in the Community invite you to a family-friendly event celebrating International Archaeology Day! Talk to archaeologists. Learn about fascinating finds, career paths, challenges in the field, and the joy of discovery. , Do archaeology. Practice the skills archaeologists use to piece together the past. Participate in mock excavations, illustration, decoding ancient writing systems, experimentation and artifact analysis. , Explore collections. Examine museum artifacts in the Q?rius Collections Zone. , Get resources. Find out about opportunities to get involved in archaeology in your community. Archaeology Family Day is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  Registered guests will receive a special gift at the registration check-in table!  This is a drop-in program, so come visit anytime during the program time. Categories: Celebrations. Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Co-sponsor: Society for American Archaeology, Archaeology in the Community. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor, Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center. Cost: Free, but registration is requested. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7150290/archaeology-family-day-washington-national-museum-of-natural-history. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Ask Me! Docents

Ongoing Tours & Activities Curious about something you see? Ask a question, and get the inside story!  Visitors are encouraged to talk with docents stationed in galleries throughout the Museum. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Ask about a docent at the welcome desk or look for a docent with an “Ask Me!” badge in the galleries. Cost: Cost:  Free; walk-up Ask Me! Docents is subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. – No programs on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Military: Double Victory. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

Flight Simulators: SpaceWalk or Wings (throughout the day)

Ongoing Tours & Activities Ride Simulators: (approximately 5 min.) Take an exciting virtual trip on board one of three ride simulators. Choose your adventure: Take a 3-D journey aboard the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station or experience the thrill of a flight in both vintage and jet-age aircraft. Note: Ride Simulators accommodate up to 8 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 42 inches tall unless accompanied by an adult.   , Interactive Flight Simulators: (approximately 6 min.) Try to become a jet combat "ace" -- in one of two F-4 Phantom II interactive flight simulators -- as you pilot your aircraft into 360-degree barrel rolls. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities. Note: Interactive Flight Simulators accommodates 1 to 2 people per ride. For safety reasons, children must be 48 inches tall. Year-Round: , Daily: Open same hours as museum. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Main Level, near the simulators. Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Simulator Gallery. Admission Per Ride: - Ride Simulator: $8.00 per person - Interactive Flight Simulator: $10.00 per person - Add a Simulator: $1.00 off with the purchase of an IMAX Theater ticket - Groups: Discounts available; ask at the Box Office or at the Flight Simulators - For reservations, call 202-633-4629 or 1-866-868-7774 (toll-free) Payment Options: - At Simulator: Cash, VISA, or MasterCard - At Box Office: Cash or major… Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

Resident Associate Program Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3038/39, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245763?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Art Demonstrations by Ian Kuali’i

American Indian Museum NY Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache ancestry) combines large-scale cut paper, land art and murals with traditional Hawaiian arts to create a hybrid of traditional and contemporary works. Photo courtesy of the artist. Categories: Demonstrations. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, Diker Pavilion. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Ancestral Connections. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

American Indian Museum NY Native people were the original innovators of the Americas: that is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. In this family-friendly, interactive space, visitors of all ages will explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations. For more information, visit http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/imagiNATIONS/ Group reservations are required, please contact:  nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Butterfly Pavilion

Ongoing Tours & Activities Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world. Regular Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:15 AM-5:30 PM; last timed ticket at 5 PM. , Closed Mondays (Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian.), Accessibility: The Butterfly Pavilion is wheelchair accessible. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor. Cost: Adults (13-59): $7.50 Seniors (60+): $7 Children (2 to 12): $6.50 Tuesdays: Free Timed entry tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion, including Free Tuesdays. Tuesday tickets are available only onsite at the Butterfly Ticket Desk. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1006103/butterfly-pavilion-entry-washington-butterfly-pavilion. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:15 AM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

Open Darkroom Plus

Resident Associate Program This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Photolab 3036, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245764?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM.

Infant Investigators - Wings of Fancy

Early Enrichment Center SEEC's workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Each class includes playful activities that are intentionally chosen to support your child’s development. Our learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family. Class Theme: Wings of Fancy Watching birds fly across the sky is a source of delight for all children. Come play and explore as we discover the beauty and wonder of these creatures! For this lesson, we will draw on resources from the National Museum of Natural History. Museum Visit | National Museum of Natural History. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 0, Ground Level Constitution Ave. Lobby. Cost: $30. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/13932/smithsonian-early-enrichment-center-infant-investigators. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM. For more info visit seecstories.com.

Twos Travelers - Yellow Submarine

Early Enrichment Center SEEC's workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Each class includes playful activities that are intentionally chosen to support your child’s development. Our learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family. Class Theme: Yellow Submarine Dive deep into the Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History and learn about the type of transportation needed to travel below the surface of the water.  Along the way, we will explore the different ocean zones and the creatures that inhabit them. Museum Visit | National Museum of Natural History. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 0, Ground Level Constitution Ave. Lobby. Cost: $35. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/13934/smithsonian-early-enrichment-center-twos-travelers. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit seecstories.com.

Clouded Leopard Cub Viewing

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as the Zoo's two clouded leopard cubs, Jilian and Paitoon, explore their habitat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Farm Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a Kids' Farm keeper for the daily fish feeding and learn about the catfish and koi that call this exhibit home. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Interactive Carts

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents stationed at carts help visitors get their hands on history and learn about the museum's collections. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Please note: Activity subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Spotlight Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Docents offer a 15-minute overview of an exhibition or briefly discuss a favorite museum object. Look for the "Docent on Duty" signs posted outside the exhibition entrances. Year-Round: Available most days between 10:30 AM and 3 PM. Notes: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Varies. Check at Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

Resident Associate Program Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The two-day workshop, ideal for both nonartists and those with experience, is a great way to spark your creativity in two forms that offer wide possibilities for inventive expression. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3041, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245765?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Preservation Family Workshop: Art & Me

One-Time Events H2Oh my! Experience the art of making and preserving watercolors through the exploration of the Lunder Conservation Center—experiment with professional tools and learn different watercolor techniques. For ages three to five years old with adult participation. Space is limited. Registration required for all attendees (including youth and caretakers). Art & Me workshops provide an early education experience in the museums for preschool-age children and their caretakers. Programs are led by museum educators and conservators to teach youth about the importance of preserving culture heritage and the role of museums play in this critical work. This program is part of a year-long partnership with the Freer|Sackler; come to one or all four workshops! Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby. Cost: Free; registration required for all attendees (including youth and caretakers). Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Stop by the lower pools in Amazonia for the morning fish feed.  Freshwater stingrays, piranhas, or pacu may be fed during this demonstration. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Giant Panda or Red Panda Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Did you know that "panda" means bamboo-footed, or bamboo eater?  Hear from one of the zookeepers who cares for the giant pandas and red pandas found along Asia Trail. Check the board at the giant panda exhibit, or along Asia Trail to find out the exact location of today's demonstration. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Flights of Fancy -- Stories for Children

Ongoing Activities Hear museum staff read children's stories about aviation or space exploration; then try your hand at an art activity. See the National Air and Space Museum website for today's title. Year-Round: Most Thurs. & Fri.: 11 AM , Most Sat.: 11 AM & 1:30 PM. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Visit the National Air and Space Museum website for story time location. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Explore the living legacy of Native peoples throughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands and their U.S. diasporas with guest scholar Dr. Carlos Santana-Rivera (Center for Puerto Rican studies, Hunter College). Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 2nd Floor, meet at information desk. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Think Tank Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a Highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery. Tours will occur at the following times: Most Mon.-Fri.: Noon , Most Sat. and Sun.: 11:45 AM and 3:15 PM Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:45 AM.

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Ongoing Activities Story time in our Explore! space immerses you in tales of artists, presidents, inventors, athletes, and more! Before or after story time, enjoy our family space where you can play and learn about portraiture. 11:45am Tuesday-Sunday. All ages welcome. No reservation required. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Explore! space, first floor. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:45 AM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

Open Studio: Playing with Paper

Freer│Sackler Join us for free family-friendly activities in association with Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Discover this beautiful gilt wood sculpture of the Bodhisattva of Compassion on family-friendly tours (12 and 2 pm). Then, return to the studio to use traditional Korean paper (hanji) to create your own books and origami. All ages are welcome with adult companions. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: level B2, ImaginAsia Studio. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

View the Sun with Safe Telescopes

One-Time Events Become an astronomer using our solar-filtered telescopes. We will be there to help you observe the Sun, Moon, and other objects in space, as well as answer any questions you have. Details: Our Observatory is free. , We are open to the public, weather permitting. , Follow @airandspace on Twitter for weather and closure updates, or ask at the Museum's Welcome Center. , Accessibility: The Observatory dome and terrace are accessible via ramp or steps. Written and touchable explanatory materials are available. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Braille. Sensory Programs. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Reptile Volunteer Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Meet a Reptile Discovery Center volunteer to learn about one of the fascinating species within the exhibit. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 12:20 PM.

Renwick Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: Renwick Gallery. Event Location: Meet in lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

A DNA Story: An Adoptee Traces Her Ancestry

One-Time Events Genealogist Dena Chasten will share her journey of locating her birth parents using public records and interviews, and then embarking on a DNA search to learn more about her ancestry. Ms. Chasten is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Delaware African American Historical and Genealogical Society. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Level 2, Robert F. Smith Family History Center. Cost: Free. Seating is limited. RSVP to familyhistorycenter@si.edu. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, and sculptor Daniel Chester French; viewing the Collectors Office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140-ton Rotunda dome by Rafael Gustavino. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free, no reservations required. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer

Tours Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at the Freer Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities This highlights tour of the museum's collection may include highlights of the temporary exhibitions. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Join the Student Sit-Ins

Ongoing Tours & Activities How did student activists participate in the ongoing process of building America? The centerpiece of Coulter Unity Square, this play contextualizes the Greensboro Lunch Counter as an icon of the civil rights movement and an emblem of the transformative power Americans have to create the nation in which they want to live. The 30 minute interactive play transports visitors to a nonviolent protest training session a few weeks after the original sit-in that occurred at the F. W Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. Exploring the intersection of race, civic activism, and religious inspiration, this program sets the stage for a conversation about how we all can shape the future of America. Showtimes: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm Please note: Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Associates - Discovery Theater. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tour: Art Break

Ongoing Activities Join us at 12:30 pm for ART BREAK to spend an hour connecting artworks across a common thread. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Electric Fishes Keeper Talk & Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Join a zookeeper in Amazonia's Field Station exhibit to learn about electric eels and fishes. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Highlights Tours

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of the highlights of the museum.  Meet at the Information Desk on the first or second floor. Year-Round: Daily at 10:15 AM and 1 PM.  Additional tours may be offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM as docents are available; please check at either Information Desk for daily schedules. Please Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Welcome Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Look for our friendly docents who will lead a tour of the highlights of the Museum. Daily: 10:30 AM and 1 PM Note: Additional tours may be offered as posted at the Welcome Center. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Meet at tour desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Portrait Discovery Kits

Ongoing Activities Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery and their contributions to American history. The kits offer a self-guided tour, “Seek and Find” cards, “Portrait Detective” and “Historian Guides,” and a “Compare and Contrast” activity using a doll. Visitors can check out kits just outside of the National Portrait Gallery’s education center, room E151 on the first floor. Kits must be returned prior to 4 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Education Center. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Confidence with Color in Quilting

Resident Associate Program This two-session workshop offer quilters of all levels an opportunity to become familiar with the vocabulary of color and to learn how to use printed fabric to create spectacular color combinations. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3031, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245766?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

Resident Associate Program The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3040, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245767?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Art Demonstrations by Ian Kuali’i

American Indian Museum NY Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache ancestry) combines large-scale cut paper, land art and murals with traditional Hawaiian arts to create a hybrid of traditional and contemporary works. Photo courtesy of the artist. Categories: Demonstrations. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, Diker Pavilion. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Ancestral Connections. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Exploring Art + Technology Labs: Investigating Native Corn

American Indian Museum NY From pupusas to piki bread and from fuel to fashion, explore the diverse knowledge and innovation for processing corn. Create your own puzzle as you learn more about corn technology and its versatile applications through multisensory activities such as masa making, tortilla tasting, guessing games, and more. Click here for our Sept - Dec 2019 Labs flyer. Inspired by Native science and technology, Exploring Art + Technology Labs are hands-on workshops focused on Indigenous innovations. Join us in the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center every first and third Saturday of the month to tinker, make, learn, and create. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Themes and projects change every month. Please check our website for updates. To register a group with 8 and more participants, please contact: NMAI-NY-education@si.edu or (212) 514-3710. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: iAC Classroom, 1st Floor. Cost: Free. Please register. Related Exhibition: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Accessibility: Sensory Programs. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 1-hour tour of Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: free. Related Exhibition: Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Portrait Story Days: Pedro Martinez

Smithsonian Latino Center Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery's collection. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Education Center. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Preservation Family Workshop: Art & Me

One-Time Events H2Oh my! Experience the art of making and preserving watercolors through the exploration of the Lunder Conservation Center—experiment with professional tools and learn different watercolor techniques. For ages three to five years old with adult participation. Space is limited. Registration required for all attendees (including youth and caretakers). Art & Me workshops provide an early education experience in the museums for preschool-age children and their caretakers. Programs are led by museum educators and conservators to teach youth about the importance of preserving culture heritage and the role of museums play in this critical work. This program is part of a year-long partnership with the Freer|Sackler; come to one or all four workshops! Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby. Cost: Free; registration required for all attendees (including youth and caretakers). Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers at the tiger yard, located along Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, directly behind the Carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Giant Panda Enrichment

Daily Zoo Programs Watch the Zoo's giant pandas as they receive afternoon enrichment in their outdoor yards. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Daily Zoo Programs Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct live tarantula feeding demonstrations and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM , Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM Note - Demonstrations offered unless otherwise posted. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Flights of Fancy -- Stories for Children

Ongoing Activities Hear museum staff read children's stories about aviation or space exploration; then try your hand at an art activity. See the National Air and Space Museum website for today's title. Year-Round: Most Thurs. & Fri.: 11 AM , Most Sat.: 11 AM & 1:30 PM. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Visit the National Air and Space Museum website for story time location. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

F|S in Focus

Tours Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days for the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 1:30pm | Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 2:30pm. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Docent's Choice Tour of the Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly docent who will give a Highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery. Tours will occur at the following times: Most Mon.-Fri.: Noon Most Sat. and Sun.: 11:45 AM and 3:15 PM Note: Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Castle Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? Join us as one of our dynamic volunteer docents takes you on a tour to explore the highlights of the Smithsonian Castle. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover the treasured stories revealed within James Smithson's crypt, the Great Hall, and the West Wing. We’ll see you at the Castle! Year-Round:  , Daily: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Note - Tour subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Meet at information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

Open Darkroom Plus

Resident Associate Program This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Photolab 3036, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245768?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe | Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean Exhibition Tour (Spanish)

American Indian Museum NY Explore the living legacy of Native peoples throughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands and their U.S. diasporas with guest scholar Dr. Carlos Santana-Rivera (Center for Puerto Rican studies, Hunter College). Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 2nd Floor, meet at information desk. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

The Lakota Music Project with the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Ensemble

One-Time Events The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project makes its national debut. Enjoy this musical collaboration by members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Lakota singer Emmanuel Black Bear (Oglala Sioux Tribe), and cedar flutist Bryan Akipa (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), performing together for the first time outside South Dakota. The concert will include commissioned works by Akipa and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw Nation), participants in the SDSO’s Music Composition Academies. The Lakota Music Project is the flagship community engagement program of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). In performing Native and non-Native music, the project seeks to create an environment of openness that treats both cultures with dignity and respect. Photo: Bryan Akipa performing with the Lakota Music Project. Courtesy of the Lakota Music Project. Categories: Performances. Webcasts & Online. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Co-sponsor: This program is funded as part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Potomac atrium, 1st Floor. Webcast: https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/multimedia/webcasts. Cost: Free. First-come, first-served seating. No registration is required. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit americanindian.si.edu.

A Right To The City Author Talk Series: Lawrence J. Vale

One-Time Events Lawrence (Larry) Vale (pictured) talks about his book After the Projects: Public Housing Redevelopment and the Governance of the Poorest Americans. The book examines the deeply-rooted spatial politics of public housing development and redevelopment at a time when lower-income Americans face a desperate struggle to find affordable rental housing in many cities.  Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002 until January 2009.  He has taught in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning since 1988, and he is currently the director of the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI), a unit of the School’s Center for Advanced Urbanism. The program takes place at Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th Street NW, Washington, DC  20010 This program is part of a series of author talks in connection with the exhibition, A Right To The City.  It was developed in partnership with American University, Metropolitan… Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Anacostia Community Museum. Co-sponsor: American University, Metropolitan Policy Center. Event Location: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library. Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-right-to-the-city-author-talk-series-lawrence-j-vale-tickets-67484581199. Related Exhibition: A Right To The City. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Lemur Keeper

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about lemurs from one of the zookeepers who cares for these unique primates. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lemur Island. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

Daily Zoo Programs An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Zebra

Daily Zoo Programs Meet with a keeper and learn more about what makes Grevy’s zebras so cool. Meeting location is across the walkway from the hornbill exhibit. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zebra Exhibit. Cost: Free. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Early Closing: Lower Zoo

Special Zoo Events In preparation for Boo at the Zoo, the following locations in the Zoo will be closed as of 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. Walkways and concessions around these locations will also be closed.   Great Ape House , Reptile Discovery Center , Think Tank , Lemur Island , Great Cats , Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Lower Zoo (Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Lemur Island, Great Cats Circle). Related Events: Boo at the Zoo. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities This highlights tour of the museum's collection may include highlights of the temporary exhibitions. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Dancing the Paths to Buddhism: Sophiline Arts Ensemble

Performances Experience four traditional and contemporary dances based on themes of Cambodian Buddhism. Award-winning choreographer Sophiline Cheam-Shapiro, along with principal dancers from her Sophiline Arts Ensemble in Phnom Penh, dramatizes Buddhist practices of the Noble Eightfold Path and the concepts of right blessings, conduct, speech, and mindfulness. Joining her for this performance are dancers Mot Pharan, Rin Sreyleak, Sao Phirom, and Sot Sovanndy. A winner of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (America’s highest honor in the traditional arts), Cheam-Shapiro studied and taught at Cambodia’s School of Fine Arts following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Cheam-Shapiro, who is also a graduate of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Program, has expanded the possibilities of her dance form to address modern themes. Her works have been performed at Muziektheater in Amsterdam, China Conservatory in Beijing, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Joyce Theater in N… Categories: Performances. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium. Cost: $6 in advance (select your seats); remaining tickets are free at the door. Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dancing-the-paths-to-buddhism-sophiline-arts-ensemble-tickets-63697386598. Related Exhibition: Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM.

Lessons in Portrait Painting from Sargent and Whistler

Resident Associate Program Create your own elegant portrait painting. Students are inspired by viewing the work of John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler, combined with class lectures and demonstrations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3038/39, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245769?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Walk-In Tour: Whistler's World: The Peacock Room and Whistler in Watercolor

Tours James McNeill Whistler introduced American collector Charles Lang Freer to Asian art and encouraged him to travel the world. In turn, Freer actively acquired all aspects of Whistler’s art, and today the Freer Gallery of Art has a world-renowned collection of works by Whistler, including the Peacock Room. Guides lead visitors on an hour-long tour of The Peacock Room in Blue and White and Whistler in Watercolor. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer Information Desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Related Exhibition: The Peacock Room in Blue and White and Whistler in Watercolor. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM. For more info visit www.freersackler.si.edu.

Join the Student Sit-Ins

Ongoing Tours & Activities How did student activists participate in the ongoing process of building America? The centerpiece of Coulter Unity Square, this play contextualizes the Greensboro Lunch Counter as an icon of the civil rights movement and an emblem of the transformative power Americans have to create the nation in which they want to live. The 30 minute interactive play transports visitors to a nonviolent protest training session a few weeks after the original sit-in that occurred at the F. W Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. Exploring the intersection of race, civic activism, and religious inspiration, this program sets the stage for a conversation about how we all can shape the future of America. Showtimes: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm Please note: Shows subject to actor availability; last minute cancellations may occur. Categories: Performances. Sponsor: American History Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian Associates - Discovery Theater. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Unity Square, 2 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Daily Zoo Programs Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Early Closing: Mid-Zoo & Amazonia

Special Zoo Events In preparation for Boo at the Zoo, the following locations in the Zoo will be closed as of 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 Walkways and concessions around these locations will also be closed.  Please note that some locations listed below may close earlier in the day. Amazonia , Giant Panda House , Elephant Community Center , Small Mammal House , Great Ape House , Reptile Discovery Center , Think Tank , Lemur Island , Great Cats , Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Mid-Zoo (Small Mammal House, Giant Panda House, Elephant Community Center) and Amazonia. Related Events: Boo at the Zoo. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Explore the living legacy of Native peoples throughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands and their U.S. diasporas with guest scholar Dr. Carlos Santana-Rivera (Center for Puerto Rican studies, Hunter College). Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 2nd Floor, meet at information desk. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Walk-In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler

Tours The creation of art is a universal human endeavor, but what connects artwork across cultures and what sets them apart? Investigate artworks from across Asia, exploring commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Meet at the Sackler Information desk. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM.

CANCELED - Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:15 PM.

Tour: Three/Thirty

Ongoing Activities Join us at 3:30 PM for THREE/THIRTY for a unique guided tour that explores three artworks in thirty minutes. All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Meet at the information desk in the lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM.

Early Closing: Entire Zoo

Special Zoo Events In preparation for Boo at the Zoo, the entire Zoo will close to the general public at 4:00 p.m. Please note that many of the Zoo's buildings and walkways will be closed prior to 4:00 p.m. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Related Events: Boo at the Zoo. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Slavery and Freedom Highlights Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Explore the complex story of slavery and freedom.  Visitors will view priceless objects, connect to the past, and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom and transforming our nation. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Meet at Concourse 3, Elevator/Hallway. Cost: Free; walk-in Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. - No tours on most federal holidays. Related Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in IMAX

One-Time Events Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Categories: Films. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Airbus IMAX Theater. Cost: Adult $15.00  Senior (60 and up) $14.00  Military $14.00  Youth (Ages 2-12) $13.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&agency=SETH_SNG&event_val=20HAZY_MALFC&schedule=list. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:15 PM – 6:13 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

CANCELED - Docent's Choice Tour of the Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby. Cost: Free; walk-in. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:30 PM.

Boo at the Zoo

Special Zoo Events Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat stations, a dance party and kids' karaoke. This frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. All will enjoy: A commemorative Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bag , 40+ treat stations , A dance party and kids' karaoke , The chance to meet Frankenpanda and Count Pandula , After-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, including: Small Mammal House , Reptile Discovery Center , Think Tank , Great Cats Circle , Elephant Community Center , Kids' Farm , Asia Trail (David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be closed) Zoo education stations , Rides on the Speedwell Conservation Carousel (additional charge) , A sensory space in the Think Tank classroom for guests with sensory processing disabilities to take a quiet break from trick-or-treating. Categories: Celebrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Co-sponsor: Sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Cost: FONZ members: $20 Non-members: $30, Boo at the Zoo is perfect for kids ages 4 to 12. All guests ages 2 and older must have a ticket. Get Tickets: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/boo-zoo. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

2019 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards

One-Time Events The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the nation’s premier institution celebrating stamps and postal history, honors outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of philately with the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards. The museum’s Council of Philatelists will select three distinguished individuals to receive this year’s award. The 2019 SPAA recipients are Alfredo Harp Helú Janet R. Klug and Charles F. Shreve. This year’s special theme celebrates the sesquicentenary of the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic society in the world. The event will include a special signing of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp. Mr. Stuart Weitzman, the owner of the rare stamp, will reveal the new signature on the stamp during the evening’s program. Categories: After Five. Celebrations. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor, Historic Lobby. Cost: $500. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51574&agency=SEEV_SNG&eventId=70710. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM. For more info visit postalmuseum.si.edu.

Hocus Pocus Film + Party

One-Time Events 26 years ago, a charming little film about the Sanderson sisters put a spell on us. Now it’s time to let your witch flag fly! Join us for a 35mm screening of this cult classic + a party that’s sure to have you dance—dance, dance till you die! Party: 6:30 PM Film: 8:00 PM. Categories: After Five. Films. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Adult $10.00  Senior (60 and up) $9.00  Military $9.00  Youth (Ages 3-12) $8.50 Party Ticket $36. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&schedule=list&group_id=746887. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:50 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

Teen Night Out

One-Time Events On Saturday, October 19th, the National Museum of Natural History is throwing its Third Annual Teen Night Out, and this year it's a throwback to the '80s! The National Museum of Natural History will be open only to local teens ages 13-18 for this Teen Science Night! There will be free food, exclusive access to the new Fossil Hall, '80s music, a feature film screening, hands-on science stations led by museum scientists, and opportunities to learn more about our Youth Programs. Come in costume and help us celebrate the best decade of the modern era through the theme of Dance, Dance, Evolution! NOTES: This event is for teens only, ages 13-18, with a valid middle or high school ID. Don't have a school issued ID? We will also accept government issued IDs, current class schedules (including homeschool courses), or a copy of your last report card. , Participants ages 13-17 must have the following signed permission slip to participate. Paper copies will also be available at the event check-in table. Download… Categories: After Five. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Q?rius, Ground Floor. Cost: FREE. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in IMAX

One-Time Events Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Categories: Films. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Airbus IMAX Theater. Cost: Adult $15.00  Senior (60 and up) $14.00  Military $14.00  Youth (Ages 2-12) $13.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&agency=SETH_SNG&event_val=20HAZY_MALFC&schedule=list. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:40 PM – 9:38 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in IMAX

One-Time Events Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Categories: Films. Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. Event Location: Airbus IMAX Theater. Cost: Adult $15.00  Senior (60 and up) $14.00  Military $14.00  Youth (Ages 2-12) $13.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&agency=SETH_SNG&event_val=20HAZY_MALFC&schedule=list. Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:55 PM – 11:53 PM. For more info visit www.si.edu.