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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC
Catch these can't-miss DC events, plays, museum exhibits and more 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. Consider this your last chance to catch ‘em while you can!
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‘Beetlejuice’ – Ends Nov. 18
Based on the beloved Tim Burton film, the National Theatre production of Beetlejuice is going to take the zaniness (and the vulgarity) to an all-new level this October. We highly recommend that you leave the kids at home for this hilarious excursion into the dead and demented. Lydia Deetz is an outcast, obsessed with death. In a twist of fortune, she has a ghostly couple living in her house, as well as a psychotic demon who has the perfect plan to scare off Lydia’s cruel parents. Singing, dancing and belly laughs are on the docket for this one.
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
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‘Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age’ – Closes Nov. 25
The Dutch had a close relationship with the water during the Golden Age, using the sea to generate their riches, to travel and, when frozen over or in the summer months, for recreation. Therefore, it’s no surprise that some of the era’s greatest artists focused on water in their work. In this exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, you’ll see nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, ship models and books that reflect this fascination with the marine environment from artists such as Jan van Goyen, Hendrick Avercamp and Willem van de Velde the Elder.
Hours | Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565
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‘Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career’ – Closes Nov. 25
Discover the incredible book collection assembled by one Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Some of these artists’ books are made from unconventional materials, including linen, wood and stone, and include a range of fascinating subjects. Wasserman’s curatorial process will be evident, as will her immense passion for creativity. Bound to Amaze will include both visitor favorites and items displayed for the very first time at the museum.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
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‘Anastasia’ – Ends Nov. 25
Drawing on the classic films, this musical has the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime at the helm, making for a can’t-miss production this fall. Anastasia begins with the downfall of the Russian Empire then moves to the lively Paris of the 1920s, following a young woman as she attempts to uncover her past. Adventure, romance and riveting music will have the entire family jumping for joy inside the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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Mosaic Theater Company: ‘The Agitators’ – Ends Nov. 25
The stirring friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony is the subject of this new play from Mosaic Theater Company. Across 45 years, Douglass and Anthony, two staunch abolitionists, forged a relationship built on ideals that would come to impact the entire nation. At times, the two clashed as their movements collided. In the end, each had a profound impact on the America we know today. Experience their fascinating stories and take in a profound portrait of each in this production.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
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Washington National Opera: ‘Silent Night’ – Ends Nov. 25
Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning music in multiple languages, this production of Silent Night is based on a true story and a 2005 film. On Christmas Eve in 1914, World War I is underway, but an unexpected ceasefire leads to bonding and merriment between soldiers from the French, German and Scottish armies. This uplifting tale fits the season perfectly.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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