March is Women’s History Month. So, in recognition, several museums in Washington D.C. have organized special events or highlighted ongoing tours that examine different facets of women’s history, such as women’s roles in aviation, jazz, or the Civil War. If you want to learn more about women’s history while visiting DC, here are a few of the special events and tours happening in Washington, D.C., during March.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Exhibit: Various (Admission)
The premier museum in Washington, D.C., that celebrates the work of women is the National Museum of Women in the Arts. During March 2011, visitors can view exhibits such as Eye Wonder, with photography by Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange, among others (through May 2011); The Art of Travel: Picturesque Views of Europe by Richenda Cunningham (through March 13, 2011); and the permanent collection, which includes women’s art ranging from the 16th century to today.
Event: Girl Scout Day at the Newseum (Admission)
When: March 19, 2011, 10am-4pm
Girl Scouts and their families are invited to spend time at the Newseum, where they can learn about the history of the Women’s Rights Movement and examine an exhibit on Women in Journalism. Scavenger hunts and a t-shirt and bumper sticker design station add to the fun.
Museum of American History
Exhibit: Discover Addy’s World (Free)
When: Through August 2011
Young museum-goers can follow 9 year-old Addy, an “American Girl,” who escapes slavery with her mother during the Civil War. The self-guided tour is ongoing through August and you can download the PDF of the exhibit before you go.
National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center
Exhibit: Women in Aviation and Space (Free; Parking Fee)
When: Saturday, March 12, 2011, 10am-3pm
Sponsored by the National Girl Scout Council of the National Capital, this exhibit looks at the contributions of women in aerospace and aviation and will include hands-on exhibits and a dramatization of Amelia Earhart in Dreams Take Flight.
Event: Rhythm Café: Women in Jazz (Free)
When: March 13, 2011, 2pm
Spend an easy Sunday afternoon with Karine Chapdelaine as she discusses women in jazz and performs the work of Brazilian singer Simone Bittencourt.
National Building Museum
Event: Lecture by Annabelle Selldorf (Admission)
When: March 23, 2011, 6:30-8pm
The National Building Museum celebrates Women’s History Month with a lecture by Annabelle Selldorf, founding principal of Selldorf Architects and designer of the Neue Galerie New York. Ms. Selldorf will discuss her work as part of the Women of Architecture lecture series. Full details of the event are available here.
Image by National Air and Space Museum