Monday, September 14
Ah, Monday, Monday—can't trust that day. No free special events scheduled. Sometimes it just turns out that way. So check out this site for a listing of regularly-scheduled events happening at the museums. But rest assured, every other day of the week is fine.
Tuesday, September 15: Dig It! Activities
Experience the Natural History Museum’s Dig It! exhibition a la carte! As you tour the show, keep an eye out for volunteers who will be stationed by carts carrying fun activities. They will be available to answer your questions as well as engage you in special, educational activities to enhance your experience of the exhibit. Free. Natural History Museum, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Wednesday, September 16: Edward, Prince of Wales’, Flying Coat: Ask an Expert
If you can find Prince Albert in a can, it shouldn't be beyond belief that you'd find Prince Edward in the skies. Well, at least not without the aid of an aircraft. Come on out to the Air and Space Museum for a lunchtime lecture where curator Alex Spencer will talk about Edward, Prince of Wales', flying coat. Free. Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM
Thursday, September 17: Meet Our Museum: What’s Cooking in the Kitchen? A Recipe for Keeping Exhibitions Fresh
It's no problem to throw leftovers from dinner into a handy Tupperware container and know it'll stay fresh for a while—but how does a museum staff keep an exhibit from going past its peak? Come meet curator Rayna Green and her colleagues who make sure the Bon Appetit! exhibit whets the appetites of visitors year after year. After the lecture, be sure to check out the exhibit—Julia Child's kitchen. (When I first saw the exhibit, I made a beeline for the bookshelf and noted that Mrs. Child had a copy of the 1975 edition of The Joy of Cooking. If you're like me and are assembling your first kitchen, it doesn't hurt to look at a master and take down a few names and titles.) Free. American History Museum, 12:00 PM.
Friday, September 18: The Impact of the Global Art World: An Artist's Perspective: In Conversation
"Globalization" is a word that gets tossed around a fair bit. But how does it apply to artists? Come listen to a discussion with New York and Beijing-based artist Jennifer Wen Ma and Hirshhorn curatorial research associate Ryan Hill as they explore questions of how artists create a personal identity in this age of assimilation. Free. Hirshhorn, 12:30 PM.
For more information on events and exhibitions at the Smithsonian museums, check our companion website, goSmithsonian.com, the official visitor’s guide to the Smithsonian.