Newsletter for January 4 to January 10, 2019 Newsletter for January 4 to January 10, 2019


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Due to the federal government shutdown, all Smithsonian museums and the zoo are closed. Please enjoy the many other museums and activities DC offers and follow Cultural Tourism DC's social media for updates on closures.



Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Washington, DC is a uniquely interactive and immersive experience that allows visitors to take a journey through American history. Guests will find themselves transported back in time as they sail across the Delaware River with George Washington and visit Stephen Colbert in a television studio. The museum's themed rooms encourage visitors to look at, touch and take photographs next to wax sculptures of popular public figures. The life-size figures represent people from pop culture, sports, music, television and politics, including all 45 U.S. presidents in the Presidents Gallery! Be sure to check out the space created to educate visitors about the background and history of Madame Tussauds and how it makes the wax figures. Get tickets for Madame Tussauds here



Visit the National Building Museum to see how the concepts of PLAY, WORK, and BUILD combine to create an exhibition that enthralls kids and adults alike. This exhibition combines a presentation of the Museum's world-class Architectural Toy Collection, a hands-on block play area, and an original digital interactive that allows visitors to fill an entire wall of the exhibition with virtual blocks—and then knock them down. Whether visitors choose the tactile experience with the small or large blocks, the virtual block-play experience, or all of the activities, everyone is encouraged to participate in unstructured, imaginative play that exercises muscles and minds.

Open Dance Rehearsal:
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

On January 6, the Chamber Dance Project welcomes internationally-renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to DC. Ochoa has prepared a new work for the project's June 2019 season. Come watch Ochoa work with the dancers. Ochoa's works have been performed by major ballet companies throughout the U.S. and world, garnering awards and tremendous recognition. Ochoa will discuss her process in a Question & Answer following the rehearsal and the during a reception with the dancers. Get tickets for this event here.

Historic Synagogue's Final Move

This final trek, set for January 9, will put DC's first and oldest synagogue in position to be the cornerstone of a new museum slated to open in 2021—the Capital Jewish Museum. The first synagogue in the District was built in 1876 at 6th and G streets NW, near what is now Capital One Arena. It was inaugurated by President Ulysses S. Grant. On Wednesday morning at 9:00 am, specialty movers will roll the building down 3rd Street NW to rest a block away. Be a part of this event and learn more about the plans for the Capital Jewish Museum over coffee and donuts inside Casa Italia!



Friday, January 4

Exhibit - The Plane of Tomorrow, Today!
College Park Aviation Museum

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Victor Lundy: Educating an Architect
Octagon Museum

Saturday, January 5

Event - Family Afternoon: Capturing Light with House Lanterns
National Building Museum 

Exhibit - Churchill's Shakespeare
Folger Theatre

Exhibit - Traveling Full Circle

Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Sunday, January 6

Exhibit - Ambreen Butt: Mark My Words 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Monday, January 7

Tour - Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection 
U.S. Captiol Visitor Center

Exhibit - Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land I Have Travelled)
Embassy of Australia

Event - Monday Mingle: Martinis & Magic
The Mansion on O & O Street Museum

Tuesday, January 8
Event - Open House 
The L. Ron Hubbard House

Event - Cocktails + Conversation with BEC, Washington, DC 


Event - Tuesday Talk: Museum Show and Tell 
DAR Museum

Wednesday, January 9

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

Exhibit - Rodarte 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Thursday, January 10

Event - Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum



The Newseum is not affected by the current government shutdown and will remain open with normal business hours. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Federal employees can receive FREE admission during the government shutdown by showing their I.D. badge in person at the admissions desk.

Now is the perfect time to come experience the Newseum. It's your last chance to see two popular exhibits before they close later this month.

The exhibit Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World's Best Photography features award-winning photographs that depict the people and events that have shaped the last 75 years. The exhibit is open through Monday, January 21.

The exhibit 1968: Civil Rights at 50 explores the events that marked 1968 as a year of anguish and anger for the civil rights movement. This exhibit is open through Sunday, January 27.

Not a federal employee? Purchase a Newseum ticket online to receive a 15% discount. Buy now! 

Newsletter for January 4 to January 10, 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



January 11

Opening Reception -Tradition Transformed: Bojagi
Korean Culture Center

January 12

Member's Breakfast and Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Tudor Place

January 12

Firsthand Experience: Fashion Illustration 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

January 15

Tombs and Tomes Book Club Meeting
Historic Congressional Cemetery



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