Smithsonian National Museum of American History — Events

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Events

  • American History (After Hours): FOOD in the Garden – Flavoring America

    Aug 10, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Where: American History Museum | Outside terrace, 2 West

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Details: American History (After Hours) is a regular evening series at the National Museum of American History. Enjoy evenings of food, drinks, and dynamic conversation that connect you with the past to make sense of the present and shape the future. Cheers to history!

    Join us outdoors this summer in the museum’s newest garden space this for evenings of food, drinks, and dynamic conversation. On August 10 we will explore how the historical movements of people and their culinary traditions influenced foodways in America. Focusing on how herbs and spices from around the world and across the country introduced new flavors and textures, the evening will feature a panel discussion with experts and historians and an interactive reception with:

    • Custom cocktails courtesy of New Columbia Distillers
    • Tours of Common Ground: Our American Garden with Smithsonian Gardens
    • Interactive activities with Smithsonian Gardens
    • And more to be announced on http://s.si.edu/AfterHours

    Tickets are available here.

    Cost: $40 tickets include a plate of food and drink pairings.

    Click here for more information.

  • Cooking Up History

    Aug 11, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Where: American History Museum | Performance Plaza, 1 WestCooking Up History

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Friday, August 11, 2017 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Details: We’re turning up the heat on food history at the museum’s demonstration kitchen.

    Cooking Up History showcases a guest chef and a Smithsonian host preparing a recipe and talking about the history and traditions behind its ingredients, culinary techniques, and enjoyment.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • American History (After Hours): FOOD in the Garden – Fermentation Nation

    Aug 17, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Where: American History Museum | Outside terrace, 2 West

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Details: American History (After Hours) is a regular evening series at the National Museum of American History. Enjoy evenings of food, drinks, and dynamic conversation that connect you with the past to make sense of the present and shape the future. Cheers to history!

    Join us outdoors in the museum’s newest garden space this summer for evenings of food, drinks, and dynamic conversation. On August 17 we will dive into the long (and tasty) influence of fermentation in American culinary history. From beer and wine, to pickling and preserving, how have Americans used this chemical reaction to a delicious advantage throughout history? The evening will feature a panel discussion with experts and historians and an interactive reception with:

    • Custom cocktails courtesy of New Columbia Distillers
    • Craft brews from Right Proper Brewery
    • Tours of Common Ground: Our American Garden with Smithsonian Gardens
    • Interactive activities with Smithsonian Gardens
    • Objects on Display from the Museum’s Medical and Science Division
    • And more to be announced soon on http://s.si.edu/AfterHours

    Tickets are available here.

    Cost: $40 tickets include a plate of food and drink pairings.

    Click here for more information.

  • Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum

    Aug 25, 2017 – Aug 26, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 am (overnight)

    Where: American History Museum | Outside terrace, 2 WestSmithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Friday – Saturday, August 25 – 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 am

    Details: Solve a Smithsonian mystery of historic proportions! The devious diva Miss Rose has stolen six valuable objects from the National Museum of American History—and you need to discover what’s missing before evening’s end.

    Become a detective and roam through the museum’s galleries. Use your cunning and skills to collect clues that guide you to the crime scene. Along the way, take part in some great games, experiments, and craft projects—and even become a presidential candidate.

    After you have solved the crime, roll out your bag and sleep soundly knowing that you’ve protected some of America’s treasures—and had plenty of fun.

    Activities include:

    • An interactive exploration of various parts of the museum, including fun quizzes, puzzles, games, and challenges
    • Craft projects inspired by the exhibitions
    • Special guest appearance

    Cost: Click here for pricing information.

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  • Cooking Up History

    Sep 16, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Where: American History Museum | Performance Plaza, 1 WestCooking Up History

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Details: We’re turning up the heat on food history at the museum’s demonstration kitchen.

    Cooking Up History showcases a guest chef and a Smithsonian host preparing a recipe and talking about the history and traditions behind its ingredients, culinary techniques, and enjoyment.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Cooking Up History

    Nov 18, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Where: American History Museum | Performance Plaza, 1 WestCooking Up History

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Details: We’re turning up the heat on food history at the museum’s demonstration kitchen.

    Cooking Up History showcases a guest chef and a Smithsonian host preparing a recipe and talking about the history and traditions behind its ingredients, culinary techniques, and enjoyment.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Spark!Lab – Special Holiday Hours

    Dec 26, 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Co-sponsored by Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

    Where: American History Museum | Spark!Lab, First Floor, West WingSpark!Lab - Special Holiday Hours

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Details: Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity.

    Spark!Lab activities are designed around common themes that connect to National Museum of American History collections and exhibitions. Themes are developed broadly to incorporate a wide range of collections and will change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore.

    Cost: Free, First come first served

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  • Wonderplace – Special Holiday Hours

    Dec 26, 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Where: American History Museum | First Floor, West WingWonderplace - Special Holiday Hours

    Constitution Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC

    When: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Details:This learning space designed especially for children ages six and under combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians.

    Weekdays
    On weekdays, admission to Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. There may be a brief wait to enter during busy times.

    Weekends and Federal Holidays
    On weekends and federal holidays, we use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time on an as needed basis. Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis.
    No tickets are required for the first session from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wonderplace in 1 West.
    The last entry is at 3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Free, Timed tickets may be required on weekends and federal holidays

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