There's always something worth visiting at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Whether you're entertaining summer house guests or planning a day out for yourself, head to a nearby museum for these 7 special exhibitions and openings in the month of June.
The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils—Deep Time, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Nation's T. rex will be back as the centerpiece of a new 31,000-square-foot fossil hall opening June 8, following the largest renovation ever at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
. The term deep time refers to the concept of geologic time, a very different timescale from what we use in our daily lives. There are about 700 specimens in all seeking to describe the Earth's 3.7 billion year history in a way that connects the past, present, and future, all of life, and the Earth itself. (Opening June 8, 2019)
American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs, Smithsonian American Art Museum
What does it mean to be an American? You can contemplate the question at the Smithsonian American Art Museum while viewing more than 70 photographs by David Levinthal
that take a playful look at a serious topic. They cover six of his best-known series including Wild West, Barbie, and Baseball. (June 7, 2019 - October 14, 2019)
One Life: Marian Anderson, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
is most famous for her historic concert on Easter Sunday in 1939. That's when she sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her the right to perform at Washington's Constitution Hall because she was black. This exhibit will tell you more about the underexplored moments in her career on and off stage as a singer, diplomat, and muse, and the many ways that she advanced civil rights. (June 28, 2019 - May 17, 2020)
Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with a visit to the National Museum of American History
. This exhibit features objects from their collection related to the police raid at Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, and the six days of resistance and rioting that followed. The events at this bar in lower Manhattan helped to galvanize the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. Today, Stonewall Inn and other parts of the surrounding area have been named a national monument in recognition of their importance to gay and human rights. (June 28, 2019 - June 28, 2020)
Reforestation of the Imagination: Ginny Ruffner, Renwick Gallery
Take a break from the Mall and walk over to the Renwick Gallery near the White House for an exhibition by Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner.
Her latest work combines traditional glass sculpture with the technology of Augmented Reality (AR). To get the whole picture, you'll need to download an app that superimposes colorful designs overs the apparently barren sculptures in the gallery. As you move through five islands that look like nothing but bare tree stumps at first, you can ponder various questions about reality, fantasy, and ecology. (June 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020)June is also your last chance for 2 major exhibitions that will be closing. Take a final look at Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture
and Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644–1912
. The Oprah show at the National Museum of African American History and Culture will run through the end of June, and the Empresses show at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery closes on June 23.
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