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Spend an evening in the halls, galleries, and rooftops of the world's largest museum. Immerse yourself in culture and cocktails while enjoying exclusive access to the exhibits, experts, and performances that highlight the vast collections of the Smithsonian. Mix and mingle, sample event-themed hors d'oeuvres, create a masterpiece, and connect with the Smithsonian.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The creative vibrancy and energy of New York at the height of the abstract expressionist movement come alive in the striking, color-infused portraits of Elaine de Kooning. Sip a cocktail as you get a private, after-hours view of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of her works, guided by its curator Brandon Brame Fortune.

General information

  • One drink ticket included with admission.*
  • Must be at least 21 with a valid photo ID to attend.
  • All ticket sales are final.
  • All bags will be searched by security.
  • Personal items can be checked in designated coat rooms or lockers at your own discretion. The museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  • These are not seated events.

*Subject to change

Ticket Policy

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Tickets can be purchased online or may be purchased the night of the event with either cash or credit card if available (limited number).

Will Call

Will call locations will vary for each event depending on the exhibit and museum. Click on the individual event for specific details.

National Museum of Natural History
10th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange)

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington D.C., DC 20560
Metro: Smithsonian, Independence Ave. Exit (Blue/Orange)

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
Metro: Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red)

National Museum of American History
Between 12th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange)

Enid A.Haupt Garden
1000 Jefferson Dr. SW
Washington, D.C.
Metro: Smithsonian, Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr. SW
Washington, D.C.
Metro: Smithsonian, Mall Exit (Blue/Organge)

National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Gallery Place (Red/Green/Yellow)