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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending This Summer in Washington, DC

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Catch these DC events, plays and museum exhibits you must experience before it's too late!

As summer winds down in Washington, DC, many of the events, plays and museum exhibits that have elevated the season are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an end-of-summer checklist. Catch ‘em while you can!

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Events Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Museum Exhibits

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Theater

Events

Jazz in the Garden – Ends Aug. 25
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden on Friday evenings through Aug. 25. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5 – 8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Museum Exhibits

National Gallery of Art - Free Museums in Washington, DC

‘America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting’ – Closes Aug. 20
Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, brought an extensive collection of 18th century French paintings with him to America. The works caused a sensation after being shown to the public, leading to a new fascination with French art in this country. The National Gallery of Art gathers 68 paintings that represent some of the most outstanding and unconventional French works of the time period in this exhibit.
Hours |  Free admission

National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Peter Voulkos, Plate, 1963 - Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery - Things to Do in Washington, DC

‘Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years’ – Closes Aug. 20
Peter Voulkos revolutionized pottery making in the 1950s, utilizing an array of influences from other artistic forms, including Abstract Expressionism and the artworks of Pablo Picasso. A rebel through and through, Voulkos rejected standard technique and form, creating a truly distinctive body of work. This Renwick Gallery exhibit features 31 pieces that highlight Voulkos’ incredible innovation.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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 Invention and Variation’ - Museum Exhibit in Washington, DC

‘June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation’ – Closes Aug. 27
The Renwick Gallery showcases the work of June Schwarcz, a forward-thinking artist who used enamel to create an amazing body of work over 60 years. The exhibit features nearly 60 artworks and represents the first retrospective of Schwarcz’s work in 15 years. You will see the artist’s pioneering work in the form of three-dimensional objects, plaques, panels, vessels and more.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC

‘Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology’ – Closes Aug. 30
The illustrious Kennedy Center hosts more than plays. Until the end of August, you can check out objects that combine creativity in design and functionality through cutting-edge technology in this free special exhibit at the Center’s Hall of States. View true innovation that may just alter your perception of what is truly possible – and gain a glimpse into the future.
Opens at 10 a.m. |  Free admission
Hall of States, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘XYZT: Abstract Landscapes’ – Closes Sept. 3
Experience the immersive XYZT: Abstract Landscapes installation at ARTECHOUSE, situated in the Southwest Waterfront. The hands-on interactive experience allows guests to walk on floors that react to footsteps, manipulate light particles within a giant digital cube or blow into glass boxes and watch virtual letters dance around.
Hours & Admission
Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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‘Markus Lüpertz’ – May 27 – Sept. 3 - Exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle

‘Markus Lüpertz’ – Closes Sept. 3
The famous German artist Markus Lüpertz is given a comprehensive exhibit consisting of more than 40 works inside America’s first museum of modern art. The exhibition traces the artist’s career from the 1960s to the present, showcasing his innovative “dithyrambic” picture style and innovative paintings of German motifs. Also be sure to check out the Hirshhorn’s corresponding exhibit on Lüpertz, which closes Sept. 10.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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@nationalbuildingmuseum - HIVE Summer Block Party Installation at the National Building Museum - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC

'HIVE' – Closes Sept. 4
The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party installation, HIVE, incorporates more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, with some standing several inches high and others stretching 10 feet in the air. The tubes are connected to create jaw-dropping domed chambers which can be experienced from the museum’s floor and balcony. Altogether, the installation stands as high as 60 feet tall, creating a magnificent visual spectacle that will draw audiences through Labor Day.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘Wright on the Walls’ - Celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright at the National Building Museum - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC

'Wright on the Walls' – Closes Sept. 4
In honor of the 150th birthday of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the National Building Museum hosts this installation that honors the man’s incredible work. The exhibit has turned a gallery of the museum into an interactive coloring book, with interpretations of Wright’s work on walls waiting for you to imbue your own colors and shades (coloring supplies are provided). The spaces depicted include residences, commercial areas and houses of worship, providing quite the scope of Wright’s creativity.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

‘Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings’ – Closes Sept. 4
In the first exhibition to focus on the most respected works of Donald Sultan’s career, visitors can experience the mind-bending dichotomies shown in Disaster Paintings. Sultan used images from the daily newspaper, as well as materials like tar and Masonite tiles, to create works that highlight just how fragile man-made structures such as industrial plants and cars truly are. You will be struck by the detailed darkness of Sultan’s pieces while also contemplating exactly what Sultan wanted you to: the cycle of life and death.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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National Gallery of Art East Building - Washington, DC

‘In the Tower: Theaster Gates’ – Closes Sept. 4
The National Gallery of Art’s East Building presents this dynamic exhibit inside its Tower 3 galleries. American artist Theaster Gates reveals a new body of work entitled The Minor Arts, with pieces that show how everyday objects can be turned into powerful art. In these elaborate creations, Gates incorporated the floor of a Chicago high school gym and the archives of Ebony magazine, among other objects.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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National Portrait Gallery - Presidential Portraits

‘America’s Presidents’ Temporary Installation – Closes Sept. 4
With the gallery dedicated to American presidents currently under renovation at the National Portrait Gallery, this temporary display will live in the west gallery’s second floor through Sept. 4 (the restored gallery will re-open Sept. 22). In this special space: “Hindsight is Always 20/20,” an installation by artist Luke DuBois that features word clouds that include words and phrases from the state of union addresses of 41 presidents.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #20, 2014; Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 30 x 40 in.; Cou

‘Revival’ – Closes Sept. 10
The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents this exhibition that features stunning work from contemporary female photographers and sculptors. The pieces inside use human and animal bodies to create a wide range of expressions, translated through video projections, photos and hanging sculptures. Your memories and emotions will be triggered by these powerful depictions.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Markus Lüpertz Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum - Free Art Museum in Washington, DC

‘Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History’ – Closes Sept. 10
Coinciding with The Phillips Collection’s Markus Lüpertz exhibit, this display at the Hirshhorn focuses on the early works of the great German artist. More than 30 of Lüpertz’s paintings are shown, including the 40-foot long Westwall (Siegfried Line), on display for the first time in the U.S. Discover how Lüpertz incorporated Abstract Expressionism, Pop art and German postwar culture in his seminal works from the 1960s and 1970s.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirsshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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‘Summer of Yoko Ono’ – Closes Sept. 17
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, DC coming to the Hirshhorn, the museum presents an array of Ono’s most revered installations. Visitors can attach handwritten wishes to Wish Tree per usual (nearly 80,000 wishes have been collected over the years), as well as attach a photograph or note to My Mommy Is Beautiful, an installation that stretches the entirety of the Hirshhorn’s lobby. Ono’s Sky TV for Washington, DC will also be on view on the third level, a constant live-feed of the sky above. The exhibit concludes with a day-long concert in September that will celebrate Ono’s unique performances. Details are forthcoming.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirsshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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President John F. Kennedy with Peace Corps Volunteers - JFK Centennial

‘American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times’ – Closes Sept. 17
Before JFK, no politician had been photographed with such frequency. This exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum pulls from several libraries to showcase the incredible life that Kennedy had, from his war hero days to his tragic death in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Some photos in the display are iconic, while some have never been seen in public before. The exhibit is based on the forthcoming book, JFK: A Vision for America.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

Theater

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I' at the Kennedy Center - Theater in Washington, DC

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ – Ends Aug. 20
Winner of four Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Revival of a Musical, the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I has been dazzling audiences at the illustrious Kennedy Center. The glorious words and music of Rodgers and Hammerstein soundtrack the story of an unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British teacher.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Big Fish Broadway Musical Adaptation - Theater and Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Big Fish’ – Aug. 5 – Sept. 2
The Broadway musical adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film comes to DC’s Keegan Theatre this August. The play focuses on Edward Bloom, a salesman who lives lavishly and loves sharing his outlandish tales with anyone who will listen. When Edward’s son, Will (who is about to become a father himself), looks to find the truth in his dad’s stories, a heartwarming and hilarious narrative unfolds. Featuring memorable music and performances, don’t miss your chance to catch this truly distinctive production.
Tickets
The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

For more events, festivals and things to do in Washington, DC, check out our events calendar.