Newsletter November 20 to November 26, 2020 Newsletter November 20 to November 26, 2020


Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is the biggest presentation of portraits of the first ladies of the United States ever displayed outside of the White House. Through portraiture and items of clothing, Every Eye is Upon Me explores the public and private lives of the first ladies from Martha Washington to Melania Trump. Visit and see the museum's first show to focus on the presidents' wives – their roles, personalities, causes, achievements and more. The National Portrait Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Inauguration Day.


Take a deep breath and make a virtual visit to the National Zoo to see the baby panda or the National Arboretum for a bird's eye view from the eagle cam.


Friday, November 20
Online Tour -- Historic House
Octagon Museum

Online Event -- The Tea: Heidi Martin
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Online Tour -- Self Guided Audio Tour
DC by Foot

Event -- Webinar - Lunchtime Learning: Lighting for Health, Safety, and Wellness in the Post-Pandemic Era

Saturday, November 21
Event -- DC Bike Ride 2020
Events DC

Online Tour -- Monastery and Garden
Fransciscan Monastery

Exhibit -- The Impossible Dream
Zenith Gallery

Sunday, November 22
Tour -- Sunday Stroll in the Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Film -- The Tiger
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit -- rise up
Dupont Underground

Monday, November 23
Online Exhibit -- African Voices

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit -- The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Tuesday, November 24
Exhibit -- The Stories of the Bible

Museum of the Bible

Online Exhibit -- Instruments of Change
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Online Event -- We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace
National Archives

Wednesday, November 25
Online Tour -- Virtual Tour

Ford's Theatre

Exhibit -- Stealing Secrets
International Spy Museum

Online Exhibit -- American Art on Postage Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit -- 20th Century Americans
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Thursday, November 26

Online Exhibit -- Uniting Us: Veterans Art Show
Hill Center DC

Onine Video -- Folger Theatre's Macbeth
Folger Shakespeare Library

Online Event --  Cooking Demo: Thanksgiving Leftovers
U.S. Botanic Garden


Newsletter for November 20 to November 26, 2020. 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



A historic estate of Federal-period architecture, Tudor Place was home to six generations of Martha Washington's descendants from 1805 to 1983. The historic house has the largest Washington Collection outside of Mount Vernon, and is one of America's last intact urban estates from the Federal Era. The property  includes outbuildings and gardens. This holiday season from December 4 to December 19, see the Tudor Place garden illuminated with an array of lights. Explore sparkling garden rooms, twinkling lawns and tunnels of light while enjoying hot chocolate or cider. Get tickets here.

Civil War Medicine, A Digital Seminar

While the American Civil War may have been the first modern war, the state of medical knowledge was primitive. Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for a digital seminar featuring speakers, digital presentations, and conversations with field experts on American Civil War medicine. The event begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 21, with presentations around the theme of medical care at and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Get your tickets here.

Fall Foilage on the National Mall

Capture fabulous fall foilage with Washington Photo Safari Director E. David Luria on the National Mall. This photo tour begins at the Korean War Memorial and continues to the Vietnam Memorial. Additional stops include Constitution Gardens and the World War II Memorial. Get tips on composition, exposure, and lighting and the use of color filters to enhance the fall colors in your photographs. The photo safari is on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available here.

Kings of Nowhere

The acclaimed 2015 Mexican documentary film, Kings of Nowhere, is set in the Mexican village of San Marcos. Now a waterlogged ghost town, San Marcos is home to three families who refuse to leave. The threat of armed gangs and loneliness does not deter them. See how each family stays faithful to their everyday life. View this film online; it is presented by the Films Across Borders and Mexican Cultural Institute from November 16 to November 22.

Thanksgiving Tour and Take-Out

Explore themed rooms at and take home a gourmet feast from the Mansion on O Street on Thursday, November 26. Entrees include ham, turkey or vegan delight, in addition to a side and dessert. The mansion has more than 100 rooms and 80 secret doors to explore. See if you can find two or three of doors, and be an above average sleuth. The O Street Museum includes art, sculpture, music, memorabilia and written manuscripts. The interior design of the Mansion on O Street has eccentric styling of various architectural, artistic and design periods. Enjoy the mansion and the meal Thanksgiving Day!


November 30
Curative Collective Conversation: Care for Creatives

National Museum of Women in the Arts

December 1
Reacting to Lincoln's Assassination

Ford's Theatre

December 3
Words, Words, Words: Hamnet

Folger Shakespeare Library


December 9
The Sundman Lecture: Under Three Flags

Smithsonian National Postal Museum


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