The National Children’s Museum (NCM), a cultural and educational institution that serves children and their families, is preparing to open at the end of January in a new space in Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the intersection of 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in downtown D.C.
The museum was founded as the Capital Children’s Museum in 1974 and served kids and families in the Washington region for thirty years in Northeast DC.For several years, the Museum operated as a museum without walls by serving the region through traveling exhibitions, partnerships with other nonprofits, as well as community and school outreach programs. In 2012, NCM occupied a small space on the National Harbor, but closed in 2015 to prepare for its move back to the District. The new location will offer a playful learning experience dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for local residents and tourists alike.
A rendering of the entrance to the future National Children's Museum
The National Geographic Museum
The National Geographic Museum is exhibiting Women: A Century of Change, thru Spring 2020.The photography exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving American women the right to vote. The collection from the National Geographic archives highlights women from around the globe and creates a portrait of what it means to be female today. National Geographic photographers, such as Lynsey Addario, David Alan Harvey, Erika Larsen, and Steve McCurry shot the photos, which examine world cultures through photographs ranging from historic suffragette images to the haunting picture of the green-eyed “Afghan girl.” Personal stories and revelatory commentary from female luminaries, including Melinda Gates, Gloria Allred, Jane Goodall, and Christiane Amanpour accompany the photos. The exhibition reflects on where women have been, where they are, and where they are going.
Image below: AMI VITALE, 2012 - - On the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol, a woman gets her head shaved symbolic of mountaintop removal and the many people who are sick or dying as the result.
The National Geographic is exhibiting Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, thru Summer 2020.Dr. Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, gave the world a view of humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. The hands-on multimedia exhibition celebrates her life and work from her early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience.A 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park shows where she did her behavioral research on chimps. A life-size hologram shows Dr. Goodall entering a replica of her research tent.Viewers can learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment and can find out what can be done today to make a positive impact in the world. The exhibition was organized by National Geographic in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute.
The National Archives is exhibiting Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, thru January 3, 2021.In 1920, American democracy dramatically expanded when the newly ratified 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the states from denying the vote on the basis of sex. The landmark voting rights victory was made possible by "decades of suffragists’ persistent political engagement, and yet it is just one critical milestone in women’s battle for the vote. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women."
Image below:Women suffragists front of the White House in Washington, DC. in 1918. National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs.
The National Building Museum closed to the public on December 2 and will remain closed thru March, 2020. The closure is to safely replace the museum's concrete floor with a modern foundation—with the overall goal of preserving the integrity of the building. Members and visitors can follow the process online to learn more about this unique preservation project.
The National Building Museum will open Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer in March 2020. The exhibition was previously scheduled to open on November 9, 2019.Karchmer has a Master of Architecture degree and “uses his knowledge of the design process, coupled with his own artistic vision, to express the essence of a building.” The exhibition will present “a cross-section of Karchmer’s professional photographs, coupled with personal photos and artifacts that shed light on his work. While the exhibition will feature numerous large-format images of remarkable beauty, it will also include didactic displays examining the technical and creative processes underlying such images. It will also explore how changing technologies—especially the transition from analog to digital cameras—have influenced architectural photography. The exhibition celebrates Karchmer’s recent bequest of his professional archive to the collection of the National Building Museum.”
The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum reopened in its permanent new home at L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest DCin May, 2019. The 140,000-square-feet landmark building has double the floor space of the museum's previous home at 800 F Street NW. There are new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum
The George Washington Museum | Textile Museum will present George Washington and His World, February 8-July 26. George Washington is inextricably linked with his namesake, Washington, D.C. and also to Mount Vernon and Alexandria, Virginia. “George Washington University students created this display of letters, prints, and artifacts from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection to provide a nuanced look at Washington through the places that shaped him.”
Image: George Washington. Arthur Szyk, collotype, 1932.
The George Washington Museum | Textile Museum will exhibit Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen, February 22-July 5. “Lloyd Cotsen (1929–2017) assembled thousands of textile fragments, garments, and other artworks that reflected his admiration for indigenous crafts and vanishing artistic traditions. His ultimate goal, however, was to create opportunities for a wider audience to appreciate 3,000 years of human creativity. Celebrating a major gift from Margit Sperling Cotsen and the Cotsen estate, this exhibition brings together global treasures gathered over a lifetime.”
Image below: Vest, United States, Eastern Sioux People, 1890–1910. Cotsen Textile Traces Study CollectionT-0845. Photo by Bruce M. White. Courtesy of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
The Newseum closed permanently on December 31, 2019. The mission of the Newseum has been to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The Freedom Forum — the creator and primary funder of the Newseum — announced in January, 2019 that the building in which the Newseum is located had been sold to Johns Hopkins University for $372.5 million. The University will use the building as a new consolidated center for its DC-based graduate programs. Jan Neuharth, chair and CEO of the Freedom Forum, commented that the Forum “can begin to explore all options to find a new home for the Newseum in the Washington, DC area.” The Forum plans “to continue much of the Newseum’s important work for decades to come — through digital outreach, traveling exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the world, as well as hopefully in a new physical home in the area.” To read more about the Newseum, visit www.newseum.org/
The National Law Enforcement Museum
The National Law Enforcement Museum opened in October at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building at Judiciary Square in D.C. The Museum’s core mission is to introduce visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in a unique experience. A “walk in the shoes” experience lets visitors learn what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer through innovative and engaging exhibits, artifacts and programs. The museum also seeks to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve with thought-provoking programs that promote dialogue on topics of current interest. Artifacts from a collection of more than 20,000 objects tell the story of American law enforcement – past, present, and future – and engage visitors of all ages in memorable, immersive and experiential exhibits. Visitors are invited to begin the tour by watching a signature film.
NOTE:Entry to the Museum requires a timed-entry ticket.