1. Awesome news: Four Smithsonian museums are reopening this Friday, September 18! The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery will all begin welcoming visitors again. New safety measures are in place, and free timed-entry passes will be required for all but the Renwick (open Wed-Sun 10am-5:30pm) — reserve them through the links below.
National Museum of African American History & Culture (Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm)
National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (Wed-Sun, 11:30am-7pm)
2. Today from 10-11am, join President Lincoln’s Cottage for their weekly Social Studies program. Reserve an outdoor table for your family and participate in an exploration of your own emotions through storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection. Follow the link to learn more! (PS: This also takes place tomorrow at 10am & 3pm, and Thursday at 10am.)
3. For all celebrating Rosh Hashanah this weekend… Because the unusual COVID circumstances keep us from gathering to welcome the Jewish new year, there will be many outdoor shofar soundings throughout the area. The Blast DC is asking people to blow the shofar from their locations around the city at 5pm on Friday, September 18. You can view a map on their website to see where they are happening — and one of them will be from the rooftop of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Chabad DC is also hosting one in Lincoln Park on Sunday, September 20, at 4pm — register for it for free here.
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