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Member Events

As a Friends of the Smithsonian Member, you’ll receive complimentary tickets and invitations to exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours and private receptions.

Members of the Friends of the Smithsonian community have recently enjoyed these special opportunities:

February 2013 – Sackler Gallery

On February 20, 2013, Friends of the Smithsonian and James Smithson Society members gathered for a special reception and exhibition viewing of Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, spoke to the group about the collection of recently discovered archaeological material from the Arabian Peninsula, never before seen in North America.

November 2012 – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum

On November 1, 2012 the Friends of the Smithsonian hosted an evening reception at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Dulles, Virginia. Close to 450 Friends members were in attendance as well as members of the Smithsonian Legacy Society. They heard a special presentation by Valerie Neal, Curator of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, and got a close up view of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

December 2010 – Smithsonian Castle

Castle Circle members enjoyed a reception and tour of the Smithsonian Castle.

October 2010 – Smithsonian American Art Museum

Members-only viewing of the Norman Rockwell exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that showcase the works of the artist.

December 2009 – Renwick Gallery

On December 10, Castle Circle members enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours in several Mall museums before gathering at the Renwick Gallery for an after-hours reception that features a new installation in the Grand Salon.

October 2009 – Reception at National Museum of American History

Members attended a special after-hours reception at the National Museum of American History. The evening included a reception in the new On the Waterexhibition, and musical entertainment by a trio of musicians from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and two historic theater performances - Join the Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter and War Letters Home.

For members outside of the Washington, DC area

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) offers exhibitions on a wide variety of topics inspired by the Smithsonian’s curators and collections, and outside scholars. Please visit the SITES website to learn more about what the Smithsonian is offering in your area.

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Recent Events
November 2011: Members Reception: A song for the Horse Nation
March 2011: Lecture: Dinosaurs - New Fossils, New Thinking
January 2011: Pioneers of Flight Reception
October 2010: Norman Rockwell Exhibition
Norman Rockwell Exhibit Event
December 2009: Renwick Gallery Reception
October 2009: NMAH Historic theater performances
Click here to see a calendar of upcoming events.