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Smithsonian Associates In-person Programs

In-person Program Offerings

Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum education program in the world—produces vibrant educational and cultural programming that offer unparalleled access to the Smithsonian's world of knowledge.

If you live in or plan to visit the Washington, D.C., area we invite you to join us in person on the National Mall for selected individual programs and studio arts classes and workshops, as well as a range of local and regional destinations in our walking tours, full-day study tours, and overnight tours.

As you browse the online descriptions of upcoming in-person programs, please take note of the policies designed to ensure a safe and meaningful experience for all ticket buyers.

View our current In-Person Program Procedures*.

At this time, our office staff are not mailing physical tickets for programs or maintaining in-person box office hours for the public. Please email CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org or call 202-633-3030 (M–F, 10–3 ET) if you have any questions.

Explore all our offerings in this month's digital program guide.

*Procedures are subject to change.

Beginning Drawing - In Person
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Clay Portrait - In Person
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Figure Sculpture - In Person
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Color Stories Journal - In Person
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Introduction to Photography - In Person
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - In Person
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Beginning Oil Painting - In Person
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Introduction to Photography II - In Person
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Reza Aslan on an American Martyr in Iran: The Howard Baskerville Story
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Smithsonian Boomers Chorus: Legends of Song
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Oil Painting Boot Camp - In Person
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand - In Person
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan: A Novel Duo
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET
On-Location Photography - In Person
Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET
Gold-Rush California
October 16 - 21, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET
Music from the Heart: A Tribute to Ignacy Jan Paderewski 
Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Themes from Stage, Radio, TV, and Film
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Sakes 101: Sakes from the Saga Prefecture
Monday, October 24, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
Sakes 101: Sakes from the Saga Prefecture
Monday, October 24, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Supernatural Classics Concert: Tales for Halloween
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Knit Yourself a Scarf! - In Person
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
The Revolutionary Samuel Adams
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
The 1920s: Welcome to the New World
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Tiny Treasures - In Person
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Paper Frenzy - In Person
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Christina Tosi: All About Cookies
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
The Road to Nashville
November 6 - 10, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain
Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Caverns and Cabernets: A Fall Day in the Shenandoah Valley
Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
An Artful Day in Philadelphia: Modigliani and Matisse
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Misty Copeland: Honoring a Trailblazing Black Ballerina
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET
An Intimate Evening with Brahms and Dvorák
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Felted Jewelry - In Person
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Embroidered Patch Workshop - In Person
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Holiday Keepsakes - In Person
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
The Holidays in Old Town Alexandria
Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
In Search of Sacred Sites
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Candlelight Day Dinner at Elcielo
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
The Holidays in Old Town Alexandria
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Cannonball
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
The Holidays in Old Town Alexandria
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET