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Go behind the walls of the Rotunda into the “stacks and vaults” of the National Archives Museum. Encounter fascinating original records, including Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams to his generals and audio recordings from the Oval Office. See the original signed documents known as The Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Event date
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building houses the main offices of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Renowned architect Paul Philippe Cret designed the building in the stripped classicism style and employed nationally recognized artists to complete the ornamentation and furnishings.

Event date
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy this double feature tour that begins with Manifesto, a standard feature of modernist avant-garde movements created to profess social and political theories of artists, writers and philosophers. The second feature includes murals of the contemporary Thai artist Rikrit Triavanija that reference recent protest movements in Thailand.

Event date
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy this double feature tour that begins with Manifesto, a standard feature of modernist avant-garde movements created to profess social and political theories of artists, writers and philosophers. The second feature includes murals of the contemporary Thai artist Rikrit Triavanija that reference recent protest movements in Thailand.

Event date
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

The photographs of David Levinthal are populated with iconic American ideals: Cowboys and cavalry, Barbie dolls and baseball players. Despite their playful veneer, Levinthal’s images provide a lens through which we can examine the myths and stereotypes lurking within our most beloved pastimes and enduring heroes. This exhibition encourages us, most of all, to consider what it means to be American.

Event date
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release is the largest US museum survey of this distringuished artist’s work. It includes sculpture, painting, installation, and works on paper that develop a unique vision of the human form. His work is both abstract and figurative, capturing many feelings of human emotion.

Event date
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release is the largest US museum survey of this distringuished artist’s work. It includes sculpture, painting, installation, and works on paper that develop a unique vision of the human form. His work is both abstract and figurative, capturing many feelings of human emotion.

Event date
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Promoter ($100) level or below: From newborns to recent arrivals, the National Zoo’s latest residents are in the spotlight during this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast and special activities, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.

Event date
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level or above. From newborns to recent arrivals, the National Zoo’s latest residents are in the spotlight during this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast and special activities, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 8 to 9 a.m.

Event date
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level or above. From newborns to recent arrivals, the National Zoo’s latest residents are in the spotlight during this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast and special activities, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 9 to 10 a.m.

Event date
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level or above. From newborns to recent arrivals, the National Zoo’s latest residents are in the spotlight during this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast and special activities, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 10 to 11 a.m.

Event date
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Raise a toast to the indomitable American women who fought for the right to vote. The informal social evening includes a private view of a Portrait Gallery exhibition that chronicles the history of the suffragist movement, as well as the opportunity to meet its curator.

Event date
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.