Newsletter for December 20 to December 26, 2019 Newsletter for December 20 to December 26, 2019


The Old Korean Legation

The Old Korean Legation was first established as a diplomatic mission in 1889 when Korea (then Joseon) opened the site at Logan Circle. From 1901 through 2011, the building changed owners several times. Korea repurchased the building in 2012 and reopened it to the public as the Old Korean Legation Museum in 2018. Original mantels, mill work and ornate vintage furnishings decorate the spaces, while the uppermost floor offers a museum detailing the building's history. The building includes a library and a banquet hall. The Old Korean Legation is open for tours, with free admission from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.


Throughout the year, we receive phone calls and inquiries about Passport DC and visiting embassies. While the month of May continues to be International Cultural Awareness Month, your out-of-town visitors can learn about the world's international impact on Washington by visiting an embassy's cultural center (Japanese Information & Culture Center, Korean Cultural Center, the Old Korean Legation Museum, Mexican Cultural Institute, and Sultan Qaboos [Oman] Cultural Center) or by taking a short excursion to visit a bit of Japan and Mexico in Washington. Those are the first countries that we featured as part of a new program that recognizes the legacy and gifts of foreign countries and their legations to the United States. With the help of participating embassies, we plan to develop more excursions in the coming months.

Tours with Russ

Russ Norfleet, a Certified Master Guide, is the operator of Tours with Russ. He is a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC, and has led tours throughout the DC area for 10 years. In addition to custom tours of federal monuments and national parks, Tours with Russ offers subject-specific tours, such as Civil War sites and African-American history. Russ also plans, organizes, and leads outings for young people and adults in the mid-Atlantic region for Sierra Club.

Friday, December 20

Exhibit - Songs of Christmas Past
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

Saturday, December 21

Event - Engineering 101
College Park Aviation Museum

Theater - Amadeus
Folger Theatre

Concert - Songs of the Season
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Exhibit - Nativities of the World
Franciscan Monastery

Sunday, December 22

Exhibit - Inside Today's FBI

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 

Event - Long Lunch: DIY Dumplings
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Event - 15th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown DC BID

Monday, December 23

Concert - A Family Christmas, For the Young and Young at Heart
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Exhibit - Oman: A Vision of Modernity
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Exhibit - 6@35 Fabricating Culture
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Tour - Halls of the Senate
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tuesday, December 24

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tour - Museum & Gardens
Tudor Place

Exhibit - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects

Event - Christmas Eve Dessert & Tour
Mansion on O Street

Wednesday, December 25

Exhibit - Season's Greenings
U.S. Botanic Garden

Thursday, December 26

Exhibit - Storied Women of the Civil War Era
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Patrick Dougherty's O Say Can You See
U.S. Botanic Garden

Newsletter for December 20 to December 26, 2019. 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

Flights Under Lights

On Friday, December 20, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, explore the College Park Aviation Museum after-hours during a festive holiday party. Hear live holiday music and enjoy refreshments including wine, beer and delicious snacks. Show off your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize. While in the museum, tour the Holiday Trains and Planes exhibit to see electric trains moving through a festive display provided by the National Capital Trackers. Get tickets for this event here.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens's classic tale, A Christmas Carol, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser visited by the ghosts of Chirstmas Past, Present and Future. A 35-year tradition at the historic Ford's Theatre, the play includes the return of acclaimed DC actor Craig Wallace in the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge and lovely perfomances from and costumes for the three ghosts. As Scrooge journeys from bad to good, the audience experiences the magic of Dickens's Yuletide classic. The show closes December 31.

Live Dangerously

The exhibit Live Dangerously at the National Museum of Women in the Arts highlights the ways in which female bodies inhabit the natural world. Twelve photographers use drama and storytelling to illuminate the landscape by depicting the female body immersed in oceans, valleys and deserts. This presentation is primarily drawn from the museum's photography collection and is on display through January 20, 2020. 

In Between and Beyond

See the collection of two and three-dimensional works by Jorge Caligiuri at the Embassy of Argentina, and consider how the artist explores dramatic compositions. Born in Argentina, Caligiuri pushes his media to the edge to give viewers the sense of movement and the continual evolution of ideas. Galiguri attended Prilidiano Pueyrredon National School of Fine Arts and the UBA Architecture University in Buenos Aires. His work is display in the Embassy through February 23, 2020.

December 29
Big Stage Magic Show
The Mansion on O Street


January 7 
Cork Wars
International Spy Museum


January 10
Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog

Hill Center

January 16
Stage Director Talk: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Folger Shakespeare Library

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