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

@a_matos - Artwork at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free Museum in Washington, DC

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

Many events, plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can!

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@beingmakeda - Art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Museum in Washington, DC

‘Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today’ – Ends Jan. 21, 2018
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display have DC ties, including Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Alma Woodsey Thomas and Mildred Thompson.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’  - Free Johannes Vermeer Museum Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’ – Ends Jan. 21, 2018
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and influenced each other to bring about one of history’s finest artistic eras.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

‘Rick Araluce: The Final Stop’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Rick Araluce: The Final Stop’ – Ends Jan. 28, 2018
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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 ‘Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ – Ends Jan. 28, 2018
Frances Glessner Lee, the first female police captain in the U.S., composed incredibly detailed dioramas that illustrated crime scenes in stark detail to train homicide investigators starting in the 1940s. Many believe Lee founded forensic science, and now, her revolutionary work will be on display at the Renwick Gallery. You can appreciate these realistic constructions and their minutiae while challenging your own powers of observation, just like a detective would when observing the aftermath of a crime.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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 Americans at War, 9/11 to Now - Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery

‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now’ – Ends Jan. 28, 2018
The National Portrait Gallery's exhibit, The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now, examines the cost of ongoing war through incredible portraits of soldiers. Several leading photographers and artists have contributed to the 56 works inside, which show the immense sacrifice and extraordinary experiences of common soldiers. The museum is free to enter.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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