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Detail from William H. Johnson's BOATS at KERTEMINDE, 1935. Courtesy Morgan State University

These NEW exhibitions are in the works. If you're interested in any of the following, please let us know! or 202.633.3140.


Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation


This is a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the vibrant heritage, daily experience, and diverse political, professional and cultural contributions of Indian Americans in shaping the United States. From workers who built some of the first railroads in the West to the creator of Hotmail, Beyond Bollywood explores the history of sub-continental Indian immigration to America. Told through captivating images, music, visual art, and first-person narratives, Beyond Bollywood documents a history of discrimination, resistance, achievements and the lasting influence Indian Americans have had on the American experience.

  • Tour begins: January 2015
  • Contact: Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142
Beach front in South Carolina

H20 Today


Part of the Smithsonian's larger "Water Matters" iniative, H2O Today is a fully designed build-it-yourself exhibition that offers venues a unique opportunity to showcase water-related content that resonates with local audiences. The exhibition can stand alone, or we can help you enrich it with content, expertise, and programming that will enlighten and energize your community around critical water issues.

  • Files ready for download: Feb. 2016
  • Contact: Sara Artes, 202.633.3113

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science


This exhibition was developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and partners and features stories of ecological and cultural restoration from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Tulalip Tribes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Native Hawaiians.

Patios, Pools, and the Invention of the American Backyard


Americans love their back yards. Retreats for recreation, entertainment, dining, and relaxation, they combine the comfort and convenience of living rooms with the freedom of the open air. Patios, Pools, and the Invention of the American Back Yard, developed in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens, looks at the transition from the front porch to the back yard patio, the rise of the do-it-yourself homeowner, and the use of “chemical warfare” to achieve the perfect lawn.

  • Tour begins: March 2014
  • Contact: Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume


Presenting 60 of the finest, hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, the exhibition uncovers the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers. The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story.


Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project


Images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. At a time when war and scandal wore on the national psyche, a burgeoning movement to protect our natural environment was gaining force.

This unique exhibition is a collaboration between SITES and the National Archives and Records Administration which now holds the original DOCUMERICA photographic materials. You can browse through thousands of DOCUMERICA images on Flickr.

Things Come Apart


Photographs of familiar objects explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time. The exhibition reveals the engineering behind modern and antique objects such as clocks, watches, telephones, mobile devices, and common household items. Things Come Apart embraces key STEAM teachings and will include educational materials.

  • Tour begins: September 2016
  • Contact: Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142

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