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The International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum reveals history through the lens of espionage. The exhibition Exquisitely Evil  is a tribute to the iconic movie villains and their dastardly plots for world domination. Real-life and fictional villainy is presented through an overload of 007 production designs and photos, props, replicas, vehicles and costumes. There are multi-sensory and interactive displays to appeal to guests of all ages. The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.


Narwhal: Revealing an Artic Legend

In Inuit culture, the narwhal is an intriguing and spiritual animal. The National Museum of Natural History's new exhibit showcases the Inuit perspective on the animal, as well as scientific information, to reveal the nature of the narwhal. The exhibit includes tusks and skulls from the animal, as well as Inuit artwork and artifacts depicting the male narwhal. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities and chat with experts at select times.


From Nature

What is the value of Nature? Or rather, what values does Nature exhibit? Join the Korean Cultural Center for the opening of From Nature, a new exhibition featuring six Korean artists who explore what it means to espouse the values found in nature--form, flow, utilization of resources--In their art and life.

Each artist's work varies in material and technique as they draw connections between their unique personal style of expression and fundamental principles of the natural world. For more information on the individual artists and their work, visit the KCC website. The opening reception, with talks by the artists, is on Friday, August 4 at 6:00 pm. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. From Nature will remain on view through August 31. 


Markus Lüpertz

One of the most important post-World War II artists in Germany, Markus Lüpertz helped shape the post-war image of his country, achieving enormous success across Europe. This is his first major museum retrospective in the United States. This exhibition at the Phillips Collection is organized in collaboration with the artist himself and explores his five-decade career, from his earliest works to the more recent paintings that are redolent with mythological subject matter and allusions.



Friday, August 4

Tour - In Their Footsteps, Women's Suffrage History Tour
National Women's History Museum

Event - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

Film - In Memoriam: The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Exhibit - Inhotim: At the Crossroads of Glocal Change
IDB Cultural Center

Saturday, August 5

Exhibit - PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard
National Postal Museum

Exhibit - National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers
National Geographic Museum

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Tour - Walks with History
Pickle Pea Productions

Sunday, August 6

Exhibit - Foundations for a Nation: Architectural Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Event - Brunch with Bubbly: Fried Green Tomatoes
Hill Center

Exhibit - Artistic Expression in the First World War
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Film - Made in Hong Kong
National Museum of American History

Monday, August 7

Exhibit - Deaf Difference + Space Survival
Gallaudet University Museum

Exhibit - Architecture of an Asylum: St Elizabeths 1852-2017
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, DC
District Architecture Center

Exhibit - Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tuesday, August 8

Exhibit - Spectacular Gems and Jewelry
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Exhibit - Art in the Wind: Traditional Japanese Kites
JICC / Embassy of Japan

Tour - Museum Highlights
Hirshhorn Museum

Exhibit - Amending America
The National Archives 

Wednesday, August 9 

Film - For Your Consideration

Event - Hive Late Night
National Building Museum

Concert - Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang
Wolf Trap

Film - Washington in the 70s
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum 

Thursday, August 10

Exhibit - From Sinbad to the Shabab Oman: A Seafaring Legacy
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Event - Teen Night
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Congress and the World Wars
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tour - Gallery Highlights
National Portrait Gallery


Newsletter for August 4 to August 10, 2017. Find more events on our calendar which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

August 11

Best of the Best
Pepco Edison Place Gallery

August 12

DAR World's Fair
DAR Museum

August 12

Young Portrait Explorers: Benjamin Franklin
National Portrait Gallery

August 17

Omani Cultural Evening 2017
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

WalkingTown DC is Cultural Tourism DC's longest running program. It is a nine-day festival of lunchtime, happy hour, and weekend tours of DC's neighborhoods. The 2017 edition will run from Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, September 24 and will include 50 top quality tours.



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Autographed Posters by Dana Ellyn

Cultural Tourism DC is pleased to offer selected paintings from Dana Ellyn's Heritage Trail project as autographed prints. The posters are 11'' x 17'' on glossy poster paper and sell for $30 each. Order your posters today!

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