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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. Monday, July 15, 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 202-633-3056. 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 AM.

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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit invention.si.edu.

Wonderplace

Ongoing Tours & Activities 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 last entry is at 3:30 p.m. 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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… Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

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… Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 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: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Mon.- 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. Monday, July 15, 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! Monday, July 15, 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! Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Story Time

Ongoing Tours & Activities The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children (ages 2-3) to discover the world around them together at weekly Story Time. Children will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs, and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors, and sizes, in a relaxed setting at your neighborhood museum. Feel free to bring snacks and enjoy the space after the program! Missed the 10:30 am Story Time? Don't worry, the program is repeated at 11:00 am! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Byrne Education Loft. Cost: Free. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Culture Connections

Ongoing Tours & Activities Connect with the exhibitions through hands-on experiences. These 5-10 minute programs repeat on demand. This program is available on weekdays from June through August, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Image credit: National Museum of the American Indian, 2018. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Location varies. Check with the Welcome Desk - Level 1. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Summer Innovations: Clay Creations

American Indian Museum NY Clay has been molded into utilitarian objects and figurines for thousands of years by Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Learn about pottery techniques and try your hand at a small clay creation of your own.  This 30-minute interactive program repeats on demand. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, imagiNATIONS Activity Center Classroom. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Open Studio: Working in Watercolor

Kids and Family Explore how painting in watercolor can help us look more closely at the world in Whistler in Watercolor. Drop-in anytime to learn the basics with teaching artist Lubna Zahid and then create your own artwork. All ages are welcome with an adult companion. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Freer and Sackler Galleries. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer, courtyard loggia. (Heat location: Freer, south corridor). Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Whistler in Watercolor. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 2:00 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Story Time

Ongoing Tours & Activities The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children (ages 2-3) to discover the world around them together at monthly Story Time. Children will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs, and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors, and sizes, in a relaxed setting at your neighborhood museum. Feel free to bring snacks and enjoy the space after the program! Missed the 10:30 am Story Time? Don't worry, the program is repeated at 11:00 am! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Byrne Education Loft. Cost: Free. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 45-60 minute 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Seal or Sea Lion Demonstration

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as animal keepers train the Zoo's pinnipeds!  During this talk, animal keepers will work with either seals or sea lions on a number of trained behaviors, all while sharing some fascinating information on these amazing animals. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for the exact location of today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:15 AM – 11:35 AM.

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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Mon.- 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 45-60 minute 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Shout!

Ongoing Tours & Activities Sing along with ring shouts of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which nourished the souls and buoyed the spirits of enslaved African Americans on rice plantations in the 19th century and inspired new forms of religious and secular music. Showtimes: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday 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. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hallway, 3 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM.

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 12:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays. 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:15 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Mon.- 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit naturalhistory.si.edu.

Gallery Tour: Americans

Ongoing Tours & Activities American Indian images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians mascot, and from classic Westerns to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations. Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the United States' identity since before the country began. It surrounds visitors with images, delves into stories that continue to shape our sense of ourselves as a nation, and invites people to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists. Photo: The central gallery of Americans includes nearly 350 representations of American Indians spanning more than two centuries of popular culture. Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Museum of the American Indian. The museum invites people to post… Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Meet in the Potomac Atrium. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Americans. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 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. Monday, July 15, 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

American Indian Museum NY Join a Museum Ambassador for a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. 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; walk-in. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM.

Summer Innovations: Clay Creations

American Indian Museum NY Clay has been molded into utilitarian objects and figurines for thousands of years by Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Learn about pottery techniques and try your hand at a small clay creation of your own.  This 30-minute interactive program repeats on demand. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, imagiNATIONS Activity Center Classroom. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM. For more info visit www.freersackler.si.edu.

Shout!

Ongoing Tours & Activities Sing along with ring shouts of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which nourished the souls and buoyed the spirits of enslaved African Americans on rice plantations in the 19th century and inspired new forms of religious and secular music. Showtimes: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday 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. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hallway, 3 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:30 PM – 2:50 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 3:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays. 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 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. Monday, July 15, 2019, 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM.

Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Resident Associate Program Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and to cut custom-sized windows in mat board. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3113, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit). Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245149?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

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Resident Associate Program Join food historian Francine Segan as she recreates the splendor of medieval feasts—including gold-gilded pies and roast swan—and the era’s food, manners, and dining customs. Categories: After Five. Culinary Arts. 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/245335?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:45 PM – 8:45 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM.

Northern Pine Snake Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Head to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo's Northern pine snake receive a morning meal. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 9:30 AM – 9:50 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 202-633-3056. 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Snake

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Join a Reptile Discovery Center keeper as you meet one of the fascinating snake species that 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM.

CANCELED - Flag Folding

Ongoing Tours & Activities Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Flag Hall, 2 Center. Cost: Free. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM.

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… Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

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: Visual Arts and the American Experience. Tuesday, July 16, 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… Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Ongoing Tours & Activities Play an interactive skateboarding video game inspired by the sport’s popularity among Native youth. Test yourself at an interactive quiz show about Native American history and culture. Explore kid-friendly replicas of traditional Native homes, including an Amazonian stilt house adorned with photos by indigenous youth from the region.  Group reservations required. Call 202-633-6644 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for details. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: 3rd floor. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 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: Information Desks, 1 Center and 2 Center. Cost: Free! Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

Erth's Dinosaur Live Show

Daily Zoo Programs Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of larger-than-life dinosaurs presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center Box Office and online. Categories: Kids & Families. Performances. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Visitor Center Auditorium. Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $10 FONZ Member Adults (ages 13+): $8.50 Children (ages 2-12): $8 FONZ Member Children (ages 2-12): $6.80 Children under 2: Free. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&event_val=19NZP_DINO&schedule=list. Related Events: Dino Summer at the National Zoo. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM.

King Cobra Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Head to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo's king cobra receive a morning meal. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, 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: Insect Zoo, O. Orkin. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM. For more info visit www.mnh.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! Tuesday, July 16, 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! Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Culture Connections

Ongoing Tours & Activities Connect with the exhibitions through hands-on experiences. These 5-10 minute programs repeat on demand. This program is available on weekdays from June through August, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Image credit: National Museum of the American Indian, 2018. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Location varies. Check with the Welcome Desk - Level 1. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

DISCOVERY THEATER: Out of this World

Resident Associate Program Ages 5-12. Live demonstrations, fun factoids and space stuff with the Science Guys of Baltimore! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/244759?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

DISCOVERY THEATER: Out of this World

Discovery Theater Automatic Upload Ages 5-12. Live demonstrations, fun factoids and space stuff with the Science Guys of Baltimore! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Discovery Theater. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/244759?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2017FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=DT-event&tmssource=227981. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Cultural Cuddles: Discovering Texture

One-Time Events From fuzzy blankets to sticky meal times, a baby's day is filled with texture! Join us for a tactile art gallery experience led by a museum educator. Then, introduce your little one to a variety of textures through a stimulating play time. Pre-registration is mandatory and will open one week prior to the program date. Meet on the 1st Floor in Heritage Hall to check in. This program will take place on the 4th Floor in the overlook space.  , Class size is limited to 15 infants. One adult is required for every child. (One additional caretaker is welcome to join.) , Program themes change monthly. Classes are designed for children ages birth to 12 months old. Cooing and crying are welcome! , Single strollers, tandem strollers and baby carriers are permitted but please no backpacks or back carriers. Stroller parking is available. The National Museum of African American History and Culture's Early Childhood Education Initiative supports the understanding and development of each child’s healthy racial… Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: 4th Floor Overlook Space. Cost: FREE - Registration is required. Get Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6721428/cultural-cuddlesdiscovering-texture-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Summer Innovations: Clay Creations

American Indian Museum NY Clay has been molded into utilitarian objects and figurines for thousands of years by Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Learn about pottery techniques and try your hand at a small clay creation of your own.  This 30-minute interactive program repeats on demand. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, imagiNATIONS Activity Center Classroom. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Snake

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Join a Reptile Discovery Center keeper as you meet one of the fascinating snake species that 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Daily Zoo Programs Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Flying High with the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion

One-Time Events Learn about the heroism and trials of the 555th Infantry Battalion through hands on STEM activities.  Nicknamed the Triple Nickles, the brave men served as America's first African-American paratroop unit. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: 2nd Floor Classrooms. Cost: Free. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Summer Stories with Bobby Gonzalez

American Indian Museum NY Join the museum for Taíno storytelling sessions Tuesday through Thursday the last three weeks in July. Meet Bobby Gonzalez (Taíno descent) who masterfully integrates imagery with storytelling to engage all audiences. Bobby Gonzalez. Photo by Symphony Space. Categories: Kids & Families. Performances. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, Diker Pavilion. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Seal or Sea Lion Demonstration

Daily Zoo Programs Watch as animal keepers train the Zoo's pinnipeds!  During this talk, animal keepers will work with either seals or sea lions on a number of trained behaviors, all while sharing some fascinating information on these amazing animals. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for the exact location of today’s demo. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:15 AM – 11:35 AM.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Bushmaster Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Head to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo's bushmaster receive a late morning meal. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, 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: Insect Zoo, O. Orkin. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit www.mnh.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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

PANDAS Movie

Daily Zoo Programs Pandas are coming to the big screen in the original film “PANDAS,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family. Categories: Films. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Visitor Center Auditorium. Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $9 Children (ages 2-12): $7.50 Children (under 2): Free Seniors (ages 60+):  $8 Military: $8 FONZ Members: $6.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&event_val=19NZP_PANDAS&schedule=list. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:45 AM – 12:28 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

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-Friday. All ages welcome. No reservation required. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Explore! space, first floor. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:45 AM. For more info visit npg.si.edu.

Meet-a-Snake

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Join a Reptile Discovery Center keeper as you meet one of the fascinating snake species that 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

DISCOVERY THEATER: Out of this World

Resident Associate Program Ages 5-12. Live demonstrations, fun factoids and space stuff with the Science Guys of Baltimore! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/244766?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

DISCOVERY THEATER: Out of this World

Discovery Theater Automatic Upload Ages 5-12. Live demonstrations, fun factoids and space stuff with the Science Guys of Baltimore! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Discovery Theater. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/244766?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2017FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=DT-event&tmssource=227981. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 PM – 12:30 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.

Dinosaur Volunteer Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Meet a teen volunteer and learn about the Zoo's newest summer residents-- dinosaurs!  Beginning with the Tyrannosaurus rex, find out how the animatronic dinosaurs found throughout the Zoo relate to our real-life animal residents. Weather dependent. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House entrance, in front of the T-Rex. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM.

Eastern Indigo Snake Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Head to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo's Eastern indigo snake receive an afternoon meal. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:30 PM – 12:50 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Shout!

Ongoing Tours & Activities Sing along with ring shouts of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which nourished the souls and buoyed the spirits of enslaved African Americans on rice plantations in the 19th century and inspired new forms of religious and secular music. Showtimes: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday 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. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hallway, 3 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM.

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 12:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays. 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:15 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Meet-a-Snake

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Join a Reptile Discovery Center keeper as you meet one of the fascinating snake species that 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Expert Is In: A whale of a collection

One-Time Events The Smithsonian has one of the largest whale collections in the world! What do we have and why? Come chat with Kerri Smith, a whale biologist about whales and the importance of collections! Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 1st Floor, Sant Ocean Hall. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Sant Ocean Hall. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Summer Stories with Bobby Gonzalez

American Indian Museum NY Join the museum for Taíno storytelling sessions Tuesday through Thursday the last three weeks in July. Meet Bobby Gonzalez (Taíno descent) who masterfully integrates imagery with storytelling to engage all audiences. Bobby Gonzalez. Photo by Symphony Space. Categories: Kids & Families. Performances. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, Diker Pavilion. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Anaconda Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Head to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo's anaconda receive an afternoon meal. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Erth's Dinosaur Live Show

Daily Zoo Programs Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of larger-than-life dinosaurs presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center Box Office and online. Categories: Kids & Families. Performances. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Visitor Center Auditorium. Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $10 FONZ Member Adults (ages 13+): $8.50 Children (ages 2-12): $8 FONZ Member Children (ages 2-12): $6.80 Children under 2: Free. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&event_val=19NZP_DINO&schedule=list. Related Events: Dino Summer at the National Zoo. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Great Ape Research Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Find out more about some of the research projects currently underway at the Great Ape House and Think Tank during this talk. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Live Tarantula Feedings

Ongoing Tours & Activities Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo. Year-Round: Sat. and Sun.: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM , Tues.- Fri.: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 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: Insect Zoo, O. Orkin. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit www.mnh.si.edu.

Gallery Tour: Nation to Nation

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 Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. Nation to Nation is the story of that relationship, including the history and legacy of U.S.–American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. Photo: Thomas Jefferson peace medal owned by Powder Face (Northern Inunaina/Arapaho). Oklahoma, 1801. 24/1965. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Meet in the Potomac Atrium, Level 1. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. For more info visit americanindian.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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

DISCOVERY THEATER: Out of this World

Discovery Theater Automatic Upload Ages 5-12. Live demonstrations, fun factoids and space stuff with the Science Guys of Baltimore! Categories: Kids & Families. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Discovery Theater. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Metro: Smithsonian. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/245513?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=DT-event&tmssource=243616. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America | Exhibition Tour

American Indian Museum NY A 45-minute tour of T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America. One of the most influential, innovative, and talented Native American artists of the 20th century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition, and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and '70s. Cannon’s work as an artist, poet, and aspiring musician is deeply personal yet undeniably political, reflecting his cultural heritage and his experience as a Vietnam War veteran, as well as the turbulent social and political period during which he worked. Learn how Cannon questioned American history and popular culture, and how he exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art history while creating an entirely fresh body of work. Left: T.C. Cannon, ca 1965. Courtesy of the Archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Right: T.C. Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo, 1946–1978). Two Guns Arikara, 1974–1977. © 2019 Estate of T.C. Cannon. Photo by Thosh Collins. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 2nd Floor, meet at East Visitor Services Desk. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:15 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Snake

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Join a Reptile Discovery Center keeper as you meet one of the fascinating snake species that 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:20 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Spider Press: Gallery Experience

Ongoing Tours & Activities Come see a live demonstration on an antique printing press and take home a unique souvenir! Our Spider Press is the same type of machine that made the famous Inverted Jenny stamp error and other stamps in the late 19th and early 20th century. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: World of Stamps Gallery. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden Tour

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join a Smithsonian Gardens' horticulturist for a casual and informative tour of the more than 200 varieties of plants arrayed in hanging baskets, borders, and raised beds in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. For more information on the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden visit http://gardens.si.edu/our-gardens/ripley-garden.html.  Tours each Tuesday at 2 p.m. through September 24, weather permitting. No tours on federal holidays. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens. Venue: Smithsonian Gardens. Event Location: Meet at the fountain on the National Mall side of the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. Cost: Free. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM. For more info visit gardens.si.edu.

CANCELED - Summer Innovations: Clay Creations

American Indian Museum NY Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: 1st Floor, imagiNATIONS Activity Center Classroom. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM.

Timber Rattlesnake Feeding

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Head to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo's timber rattlesnake receive an afternoon meal. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM.

Sketching: Draw and Discover

Ongoing Tours & Activities Draw inspiration from the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center and sketch your own work of art based on a weekly challenge provided by a Luce Foundation Center staff member. Some materials provided. Feel free to bring your own small sketchbook and pencils. Categories: Workshops. Sponsor: American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor. Cost: Free | Walk-in. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Shout!

Ongoing Tours & Activities Sing along with ring shouts of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which nourished the souls and buoyed the spirits of enslaved African Americans on rice plantations in the 19th century and inspired new forms of religious and secular music. Showtimes: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday 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. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Hallway, 3 West. Cost: Free! Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:30 PM – 2:50 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

PANDAS Movie

Daily Zoo Programs Pandas are coming to the big screen in the original film “PANDAS,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family. Categories: Films. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Visitor Center Auditorium. Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $9 Children (ages 2-12): $7.50 Children (under 2): Free Seniors (ages 60+):  $8 Military: $8 FONZ Members: $6.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&event_val=19NZP_PANDAS&schedule=list. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:45 PM – 3:28 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

Meet-a-Snake

Daily Zoo Programs Celebrate World Snake Day! Join a Reptile Discovery Center keeper as you meet one of the fascinating snake species that 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 3:00 PM – 3:20 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, viewing the Collectors office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140 ton Rotunda Dome by Raphael Gustavino. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Venue: American Indian Museum Heye Center. Event Location: Meet at East Visitor Services Desk, 2nd Floor. Cost: Free. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Dinosaur Volunteer Chat

Daily Zoo Programs Meet a teen volunteer and learn about the Zoo's newest summer residents-- dinosaurs!  Beginning with the Tyrannosaurus rex, find out how the animatronic dinosaurs found throughout the Zoo relate to our real-life animal residents. Weather dependent. Categories: Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House entrance, in front of the T-Rex. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM.

Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour

Ongoing Activities Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum. 3:30 p.m. daily Note: No tours on federal holidays. 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:15 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. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM.

Erth's Dinosaur Live Show

Daily Zoo Programs Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of larger-than-life dinosaurs presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center Box Office and online. Categories: Kids & Families. Performances. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Visitor Center Auditorium. Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $10 FONZ Member Adults (ages 13+): $8.50 Children (ages 2-12): $8 FONZ Member Children (ages 2-12): $6.80 Children under 2: Free. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&event_val=19NZP_DINO&schedule=list. Related Events: Dino Summer at the National Zoo. Accessibility: Assisted listening devices. Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

PANDAS Movie

Daily Zoo Programs Pandas are coming to the big screen in the original film “PANDAS,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family. Categories: Films. Kids & Families. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Visitor Center Auditorium. Cost: Adults (ages 13+): $9 Children (ages 2-12): $7.50 Children (under 2): Free Seniors (ages 60+):  $8 Military: $8 FONZ Members: $6.50. Get Tickets: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=51529&event_val=19NZP_PANDAS&schedule=list. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:13 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Ongoing Activities Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose. Discuss a portrait from the collection in addition to a related book. This month, read “A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks” by Angela Jackson. Registration required at npg.eventbrite.com. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: G Street Lobby. Cost: Free. Registration required. Link below. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Introduction to Mosaics in Glass

Resident Associate Program Develop a strong technical foundation in working with glass mosaic as you design and create a striking 8-inch-square home d?cor piece. Categories: After Five. 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/245150?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:00 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: After Five. 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/245151?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

The Timeless Allure of Venice

Resident Associate Program Food historian Francine Segan leads a virtual tour that examines the unique enchantment Venice holds for visitors, focusing on its vibrant heritage of art, architecture, and cuisine. Categories: After Five. Lectures & Discussions. 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/245337?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2019FY-Trumba-TSA-ev&utm_content=SA-event&tmssource=243615. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM.