Washington DC, USA – NOVEMBER 5, 2016: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture at sunset on November 5, 2016 in Washington DC.

Washington, DC is one of the most culturally-rich cities in the world, and with so many interesting exhibits coming to town, we wanted to discuss what excites us most. From a fascinating look at the Swahili arts, to historical figure profiles, and unique poster exhibits, here’s what we’re most excited about.

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across The Indian Ocean

May 9, 2018 – September 3, 2018
The Swahili coast has been an area of convergence between domestic African cultures, and travelers from across the Indian Ocean throughout history. Swahili coast artworks have been shaped by mass migrations, and countless regions, making them a fascinating subject for this new exhibit.
National Museum of African Art. 950 Independence Ave. SW

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

May 11, 2018 – March 10, 2018
Silhouettes were a popular form of portraiture for 19th century politicians, and this exhibition explores the form’s roots. Famed portrait artist Auguste Edouart’s work will be on display, depicting figures like John Adams, and Lydia Maria Child.
National Portrait Gallery. 8th and F streets NW

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

May 25, 2018 – March 3, 2019
With all of the hype surrounding Hamilton: An American Musical coming to Washington, DC, there’s no better time for this new exhibit focusing on the founding father. Stop by to see real-life relics from his past including pistols and handwritten letters before catching the show at the Kennedy Center this summer.
National Postal Museum. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE

Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920’s

June 1, 2018 – November 2018
This new, interesting exhibit shows how employers encouraged people to join their companies back nearly a century in time. Head over and check out the exhibit’s historical relics like a WWI recruitment poster, and posters from historic companies like Mather and Co., and the Parker-Halladay Co.
National Museum of American History. 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey

June 19, 2018 – May 19, 2019
This one-room exhibition will look at the massive cultural impact of the year 1968. Expect paintings and portraits of the year’s highlight events, including the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Act, Olympics, the first manned orbit of the moon, and the day National Portrait Gallery opened its doors.
National Portrait Gallery. 8th and F streets NW

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