At this time, all Smithsonian Institution museums and the National Zoo are open and the weekend's events and exhibitions are ongoing. However, in the event of a government shutdown, please note that all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be closed.
Friday April 8: Creativity
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, the director of the National Museum of African Art, will be chatting with philanthropist, educator and documentary maker Camille Cosby on the role of creative problem solving in her life and career. Cole was recently recognized with a Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award, which honors the world’s most creative thinkers and innovators in the arts, sciences and humanities, in both traditional and emerging disciplines. Previous recipients include Yo-Yo Ma, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Eric Kandel, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jules Feiffer, Ted Turner, Meryl Streep, Lisa Randall and Greg Mortenson. 7:00 to 8:15 PM. Tickets are $15 for members; $12 for senior members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Resident Associate Program box office located in the Ripley Center on the National Mall. Hirshhorn Museum
Saturday April 9: Robots!
The Smithsonian celebrates National Robotics Week. Visit the Spark!Lab to hang out and play games with a robot, named Robbie. 10 AM to 4 PM daily through April 16. American History Museum. And check out our post from this week, "Robots Get Some Curatorial Respect."
Sunday April 10: Your last chance to see the Kennedy portraits.
American History's show, "A Look Back—The Kennedys 50 years ago," closes April 10. Hurry in to see the elegant black and white photographs taken by Richard Avedon of the young couple on the eve of President Kennedy's inauguration. The show is located adjacent to the popular "First Ladies" exhibit. 10 AM to 5:30 PM daily. American History Museum.
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