Smithsonian Weekend Events: March Madness, Moving Images and a Treasure Hunt

Friday, March 20: March Madness of the Mind: Demonstrations

Our nation's best and brightest scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are at the American History Museum to show off their latest inventions. And don't forget to visit the Spark!Lab where you can enjoy hands-on demonstrations. Free. National Museum of American History, 12 Noon-4 PM

Saturday, March 21: Screen Time: The Art of the Moving Image

Motion pictures have been a storytelling medium for over 100 years—but exactly how to the artists behind the camera decide to tell a story or frame a shot in such a way that it grabs an audience? John G. Hanhardt, Consulting Senior Curator for Film and Media Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, answers this question in this illustrated lecture. Free. Freer Gallery, 2 PM

Sunday, March 22: Ghosts of a Chance

The Smithsonian American Art Museum takes scavenger hunting to a whole new level with Ghosts of a Chance, a multimedia experience that will have you scouring museum walls and uncovering hidden objects. Scavenger hunt takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Groups of ten or more must make an appointment to play; contact [email protected] to schedule.) Free. Register in the Luce Foundation between 2:30-6 PM. American Art Museum, 2:30-6 PM