Inspired by the world of the Smithsonian, the SMITHSONIAN at 8 event series offers one-of-a-kind experiences for guests 21+. With themes from the local to the global, these after-hours gatherings combine music, food and drink, and unique settings to create evenings that are smart, adventurous, and memorably entertaining. #SMITHSONIANat8 curates your fun!

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PostSecret Revealed: A Party at the Postal Museum

Fri., July 29, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE

Featuring Frank Warren and the PostSecret phenomenon, try your hand at crafting your own mail art, post or tweet a secret you’ve been wanting to tell, enjoy music by DJ Alkimist, a GIF photo booth courtesy of OM Digital, cocktails, and wander through some of the museum’s fascinating exhibits after hours, including PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard.

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PostSecret Revealed: A Party at the Postal Museum


The Good Wife Costume Designer Daniel Lawson on Dressing The Good Wife
Wednesday, July 27, 6:45 p.m.

The enviably stylish power dressing on The Good Wife generates almost as much buzz among fans as the show’s storylines. The Emmy-nominated costume designer of the series reveals how he uses clothing to define character, and the real-life fashion lessons we can learn from the fictional but well-put-together staff of Lockhart/Gardner. Buy tickets>>


Rosé Everything's Coming Up Rosé
Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:45 p.m.

The appeal of rosé wines spans the seasons. Join Swati Bose, co-owner of Flight Wine Bar in Chinatown, for a program and sampling that will convince you today’s versatile, high-quality rosés from around the world deserve to be considered much more than a summer fling. Buy tickets>>


Cocktails Cocktails with Ian Fleming and James Bond: Favorite Sips of Stylish Spies
Monday, Aug. 8, 6:45 p.m.

Cocktail experts Simon Ford and Philip Greene share tales of stylish adventure (both real-life and literary) as you sip some of the favorite drinks of debonair author Ian Fleming and his most famous character. Buy tickets>>


Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Wizarding Gene: Scientific Fact and Fantasy Fiction
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6:45 p.m.

In a muddle understanding how Muggles can have wizards on their family tree? Using principles of genetics and genomics, Eric Spana of Duke University»s biology department casts a scientific eye on of the world of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books to explain how their characters come by their magical abilities. Buy tickets>>


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Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Enid A. Haupt Garden and Smithsonian Castle

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