DC Museums and Exhibits to Visit This Summer

Emma Glanz, Staff Reporter

With Covid regulations lifted, the museums are open, and there is so much to discover. There are numerous exhibits to check out before it is too late. 

The Van Gogh Immersive Experience exhibit is one to impress, even if you are not into art. Throughout the museum there are panels of some of Van Gogh’s greatest works which follow his intriguing life story. Towards the end, you’ll enter a room displaying a  360-degree digital projection as the finale, for a sight so beautiful you can’t unsee it. It features some of Van Gogh’s greatest artworks projected, like Starry Night. Tickets prices vary depending on the time of day. The exhibit lasts through May 2022. 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is one of the newer Smithsonian Museums. It shares a people’s journey and documents a national story. It is free to enter, but you do need a timed entry pass since the number of entrants is limited. There are several featured exhibits. Make Good the Promises focuses on the legacies of the story on Reconstructions and the period following the Civil War. A new current special the museum is featuring is an exhibit in the month of June called Represent. In honor of The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap and African American Music Appreciation Month, the museum is featuring Hip-Hop Photography. There are so many intriguing exhibits to visit and so much awaits you at The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

PixelBloom is a completely new way to celebrate the season of spring coming to an end and summer just around the corner. The exhibit is located in the Artechouse in DC and is open till May 30. Visitors can travel through the cherry blossoms, which are brought to life through a projection display. As you walk, the petals react to your movement. Ticket prices vary.  

Go undercover in the Spy Museum. You can test how effective your spy skills are through seventeen physical and digital interactions through the Museum where you will attempt to cover your identity, crack rigorous codes, and uncover drop sites. There are also hundreds of espionage-related artifacts to discover featuring The Enigma Machine, the Trotsky Ice Axe, and James Bond’s Aston Martin. Ticket prices vary.

Is the show Friends one of your favorite shows? Well you’re in luck. The Friends Experience: The One in Washington D.C is open now through June 5th. The set includes 12 different rooms including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s Kitchen, and Central Park. They also have exclusive custom merchandise including clothing, accessories, and collectibles. Ticket prices vary. 

The National Gallery of Art features some of the world’s most famous artwork. The current exhibits include Afro-Atlantic History, James Van Der Zee’s Photographs: A Portrait of Harlem, and Clouds, Ice, and Bounty: The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection of Seventeenth Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings. See works from Claude Monet, Raphael, Gilbert Stuart, Vincent Van Gogh and Edgar Degas as you learn what’s really behind the creation of some of these pieces. It is recommended to book a private tour to see the highlights of artwork produced in the Renaissance, French Impressionists and Great American painters. Admission tickets aren’t required, ann you can register ahead of time to book a private tour.