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Daytime Programs
Richmond’s Museum District

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a visit to Richmond’s famed Museum District, a day of guided in-depth tours of historical collections and art exhibitions, including stops at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the American Civil War Museum.

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History

Trace the history of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Friday, September 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles: A Transportation Infrastructure Tour

Discover some of the infrastructure solutions designed to combat the challenges of navigating the Washington region in a daylong tour that brings you in touch with transportation professionals at Reagan National Airport, within Arlington County, Virginia, and Capital Bikeshare.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Star Power: Inside the Michelin Guide

When the Michelin Guide, a powerful arbiter of taste, arrived in Washington in 2016, it was widely interpreted as validation of the city’s culinary pedigree. In a special evening that follows the launch of this year’s guide, hear about the newly selected Washington “stars” from Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director.

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to Watercolor

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Monday, September 17 to November 5, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A Private Lunch at Sababa: Israeli Cool

Sababa is Hebrew slang for great or cool. It is also the name of a new contemporary Israeli restaurant in Cleveland Park. Sababa opens exclusively to Smithsonian guests for a family-style lunch and a glass of wine—and author and culinary expert Joan Nathan adds a dash of cultural context to the proceedings.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Caught in the Act!

The best operatives never get caught—but some spies and insurgents get stopped in their tracks. Learn about notable arrests, captures, and expulsions from the 1960s through today from experts familiar with the maneuvers behind each successful catch.

Wednesday, September 26 to October 17, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
White Canvas Over Blue Water: 500 Years of Sailing Adventure

Join transportation expert Scott Hercik in an immersive exploration into great sailing vessels, from those of the earliest explorers to today’s high-tech and high-performance speedsters. Highlights include the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, the Watermen’s Museum in historic Yorktown, and a 2-hour schooner sailing adventure. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Along the Anacostia

Kick off DC Outdoors, a new series of local hikes, by celebrating the centennial of Anacostia Park and the rich history of the riverfront community in Southeast Washington that borders it. The day includes hiking along some of the Anacostia’s most scenic spots.

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.