NEW FOR NOVEMBER
Citizenship and Belonging: A Conversation with Otros Dreams en Acción
Nov. 29, 5 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Plaza; First Foor, West
Free registration via Eventbrite.
The museum will host a conversation with seven members from Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA), an organization of globally recognized thought leaders who are working to transform the popular understanding of citizenship. Patty Arteaga, Public Programs Manager with the Smithsonian’s Reckoning with Our Racial Past Initiative, will lead the conversation and the following question and answer session with the audience.
History Film Forum Presents: Our Hospitality (1923) with Live Music Accompaniment
6:15 Objects out of Storage display
Warner Bros. Theater, First Floor Center
Free registration via Eventbrite
Buster Keaton’s first masterpiece tells the hilarious story of a Romeo who meets his Juliet only to discover a family feud and future in-laws who want him dead, combining high drama, thrilling adventure and Keaton's stone-faced slapstick. This special screening features the premiere of a new score by composer Andrew Earle Simpson, performed live by the Andrew Simpson Ensemble. Prior to the screening, museum staff will display objects out of storage to commemorate this centennial, including the velocipede featured in the film—the very first movie prop ever collected by the Smithsonian. For more information, visit the museum’s website.
JAZZ AND CLASSICAL MUSIC
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Presents:
Thad Jones: A Centennial Celebration
Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20560
Sun. Dec. 3, 2023, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the big band ensemble in residence at the National Museum of American History, kicks off its 2023-2024 concert season with a tribute to Thaddeus Joseph Jones, jazz trumpeter, cornetist, French horn player, composer, conductor and bandleader, who contributed to the tonal and textural evolution of modern big band composing and arranging.
To purchase tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/sjmo-thad-jones
Members $25; Nonmembers $30
Smithsonian Chamber Music Society Presents:
The Axelrod String Quartet - Stradivarius and Amati Series
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music
Sat. Dec. 9, 2023, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 10, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (incl. pre-concert lecture)
This series presents two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicoló Amati. The Axelrod Quartet will present 20th-century composer, Florence Price’s String Quartet in G Major, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, (the Harp) and Franz Schubert’s Quartet in A Minor (Rosamunde).
To purchase tickets:
Sat. Dec. 9: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/scms-axelrod-quartet-1P0814
Sun. Dec. 10: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/scms-axelrod-quartet-1P0817
Members $30; Nonmembers $35
What to know:
The museum is open seven days a week, except Dec. 25, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, and passes are not required. For more information, go to https://americanhistory.si.edu/visit
The Eat at America’s Table Cafe is open for complete food and beverage service, featuring a month-long holiday celebration with hearty traditional dishes such as Port Wine Braised Short Ribs paired with Apple Cider Braised Greens, followed by a Winter Eggnog Trifle. The Leroy Neiman Jazz Cafe offers light lunch, delicious pastries and hot or cold beverages. For more information, visit the website.
Bottled water is allowed in the museum. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle for fountains.
Stores: Open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History seeks to empower people to create a more just and compassionate future by examining, preserving and sharing the complexity of our past. The museum, located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th streets, is open daily except Dec. 25 between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. The doors of the museum are always open online and the virtual museum continues to expand its offerings, including online exhibitions, K–12 educational materials and programs. The public can follow the museum on social media via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information, go to https://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.