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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.

John Singer Sargent: Figure and Landscape In Oils - In Person
Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Viennese Classics with the Smithsonian Chamber Players
Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Knitting for Beginners: Learning the Basics - In Person
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
The Figure in Painting and Collage - In Person
Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith, and the Centennial Year of Race Records
Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Winslow Homer: Capturing an America in Transformation
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Saturday series)
Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Sunday series)
Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Studio House: A Setting for an Ambassador for the Arts
Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Sapporo-Style Ramen: A Regional Rage
Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
The Philadelphia Flower Show 2023: The Garden Electric
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Explore the Smithsonian Collection: Knitting - In Person
Friday, March 10, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Mosaic Jewelry - In Person
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Freestyle Embroidery Basics - In Person
Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
A Celebration of Marin Marais with the Smithsonian Chamber Players
Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
A Celebration of Marin Marais with the Smithsonian Chamber Players
Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Aperitivo: Italy’s Magical Pre-dinner Hour
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Montgomery Meigs in Washington: Beyond the Civil War
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
An Orchid Afternoon: Intermediate Orchid Care - In Person
Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
All Eyes on Pittsburgh
March 26 - 28, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
Jazzed About Art: Jazz Appreciation Month
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Saturday series)
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Sunday series)
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Shedding Light on Plato's Republic
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Springtime on the Potomac Heritage Trail: A Wildflower Hike at Turkey Run Park
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Springtime on the Potomac Heritage Trail: A Wildflower Hike at Turkey Run Park
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Springtime on the Potomac Heritage Trail: A Wildflower Hike at Turkey Run Park
Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Smithsonian Chorus: Legends of Song
Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Doodlebugging Through Delaware
Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
The Best of Brooklyn
April 16 - 17, 2023, 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Beginning Drawing - In Person
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Clay Portrait - In Person
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Figure Sculpture - In Person
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Introduction to Photography - In Person
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - In Person
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Beginning Oil Painting - In Person
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Introduction to Photography II - In Person
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Pati Jinich: La Frontera
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Military History in the Capital Area
Friday, April 21, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Saturday series)
Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
On-Location Photography - In Person
Sunday, April 30, 2023 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Sunday series)
Sunday, April 30, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Frank Lloyd Wright: Masterworks in the Midwest
May 21 - 25, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
The Duke Ellington Orchestra: A Centennial Celebration
Saturday, June 10, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 1
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Eco-Heroes
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Powerful Pollinators
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Critter Mania
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Continental Capers
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Go Green
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Smithsonian Spectrum
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Painting Explorations
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
YTA Boot Camp
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 1
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 2
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
A Trip Around the World
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Mammal Mania
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Ecosystems Exploration
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Ancient Civilizations
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Kitchen Chemistry 
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Drop the Mic
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Wonka Visionaries
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Comics 101
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Fotoforensics: Fake News, Real Issues 
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 2
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 3
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Star-Spangled Summer
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
The Art of Recycling
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
American Road Trip
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Who's Who
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Perplexing Puzzles
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
American Folklife: Crafts and Song
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Climate Custodians
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Museum Makers
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 3
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 4
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Animal Adventures
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Smithsonian Stories
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Design Detectives
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Innovative Inventions
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Funky Physics
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
President for a Week
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
The Space Race
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Papermaking and Book Arts 
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Pride in Place: Art on the Mall
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Flights of Fantasy
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 4
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 5
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Beyond Earth
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
The Age of Dinosaurs
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Fast Flying
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Ocean Life
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
CSI: Campers Solve It
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Unsung Heroes
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Shark Tank
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Filmstrip Stories
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Pride in Place: Gorgeous Gardens
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 5
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 6
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Deep Blue Dive
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Paint Potpourri
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Fossil Hunters
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
American Pastimes
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Space Rocketry
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Moving Art
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Mount Olympus on the Mall
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
STEM Sisters
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Soldiers and Dioramas: AWI: The British Southern Strategy, 1778 
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 6
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 7
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Pattern Makers
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Marine Life
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
The Superhero in You
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Engineering Earth
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
It's an H2O World
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Extraordinary Voyages 
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Big Art
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Espionage, Infiltration, Subterfuge
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Soldiers and Dioramas: American Civil War: Battle of the Ironclads, 1862
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 7
Monday, July 31, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 8
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Dino Discovery
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Galactic Adventures
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Smithsonian Sounds
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Fabulous Flora
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Young Engineers
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Muppets: Fairy Tales Remix
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Masters in the Making
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Fabulous Fibers: Art With a Story
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Monsters vs. Giant Robots
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Soldiers and Dioramas: WWII Guadalcanal 1942
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 8
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Before Camp 9
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
Smithsonian Quests
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Bugs and Botany
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Collection Creations
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Kinetic Colors
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Explore-ology
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Video Games: Design and Play
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Super Art Fight 
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Cabinets of Wonder
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Soldiers and Dioramas: The Roman–Gallic Wars, 390–27 BC
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
After Camp 9
Monday, August 14, 2023 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET