The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is exhibiting Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters, thru October 14, 2019.Flickering Treasures invites visitors to travel in time through a survey of Baltimore’s movie-going past from 1896 to the present, using photography, oral histories, architectural fragments, and theater ephemera to illuminate themes of memory, loss, and preservation. Photojournalist Amy Davis’s color photographs reflect a nuanced and humanistic approach. She is an award-winning Baltimore Sun staff photographer. Her book Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters was published in 2017.
The National Building Museum is exhibiting The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project, thru March 3, 2019.Construction of military reservations - “Secret Cities” - by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began in the fall of 1942, less than a year after the U.S. was drawn into World War II. By the end of the war, a total of more than 125,000 people lived in the three cities that had been built from scratch on these sites. Yet these cities appeared on no maps, and the federal government did not acknowledge their existence.
Image below: An aerial view of the reactor at Hanford.
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.
The International Spy Museum is building a new permanent home at L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest DC. The 140,000-square-feet landmark building will be completed in 2019, and the new Museum will have double the floor space of the existing building at 800 F Street NW. There will be new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.
The National Children’s Museum (NCM), a cultural and educational institution that serves children and their families, will open in a new space in Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the intersection of 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in downtown D.C. in March 2019. 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 Archives
The National Archives opened a new installation titled Remembering Vietnamin the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in November, 2017. The installation is a media-rich exploration of the Vietnam War, featuring interviews with American and Vietnamese veterans and civilians with first-hand experience of the war’s events. The installation provides multiple perspectives on the conflict from its Cold War origins to the Fall of Saigon. A collection of newly-discovered and original documents is featured, along with images, film footage, and artifacts. They illuminate 12 critical episodes in the war that divided the populations of both the U.S. and Vietnam.
The National Geographic is exhibiting Titanic: The Untold Story, thru December 31.The exhibition focuses on "the surprising link between the 1985 discovery of the Titanic by oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard and a top secret Cold War mission." The exhibition is displayed in partnership with the National Archives and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.The exhibition “showcases the untold history of this incredible discovery and the evolution of deep sea exploration.”
Image below: From "Titanic: The Untold Story," this deck chair from the Carpathia is the only known chair left in existence. Photo courtesy of The National Geographic & The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum
The George Washington Museum|Textile Museum will exhibit Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, February 13-April 29.The display of Norman Rockwell’s masterpieces will be part of a major international traveling exhibition on The Four Freedoms famously outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt: freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. In the exhibition, Rockwell’s iconic paintings and works by other artists capture expressions of freedom from World War II to today.The exhibition is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
The George Washington University Museum is exhibiting Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of D.C.'s Past, thru December 23.The exhibition will examine the evolution of D.C. through two newly-commissioned panoramic landscape paintings by local artist Peter Waddell - plus related works. One painting “shows the grand city that planner Pierre “Peter” L’Enfant envisioned. The other captures the city's development by 1825, the year L’Enfant passed away.” The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum is exhibiting A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia, thru December 23.Kilims are woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans & are “enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.” The exhibition “marks the public debut of treasures from the museum’s Murad Megalli collection of Anatolian kilims dating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.”
Image below: Kilim, Central Anatolia, late 18th century - The Textile Museum - The Megalli Collection. Courtesy of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
The Newseum is displaying Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography, thru January 20, 2019. The groundbreaking photography show features seven decades of award-winning images from the archives of Pictures of the Year International(POYI), which is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions. The images “depict the people and events that have defined our times, capturing war and peace, disaster and triumph, and the social and cultural shifts that have shaped the past 75 years. The pictures were selected from POYi’s archive of more than 40,000 photos, tracing the evolution of photojournalism from World War II to today.”
The Newseum exhibition titled 1967: Civil Rights at 50tells the dramatic story of the growing militancy of the struggle for racial justice in 1967. Photos and images of historic newspapers and magazines “explore how African Americans used their First Amendment rights to fight for change — at times at great cost. The exhibition is part of "a changing exhibit exploring the relationship between the First Amendment and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.”