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Two climate activists charged for pouring red powder on National Archives display of the US Constitution

The Valentine’s Day protest was carried out by members of the environmental group Declare Emergency

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum opens its first (digital) exhibition

Launching on International Women's Day, 'Becoming Visible' focuses on five historical women whose achievements have been glaringly overlooked

The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum acquired more than 80 works over the past year

Ranging from painting to installation and beyond, the latest additions to the museum's holdings include contemporary voices as well as legends like Nam June Paik and Robert Irwin

Temporary monument brings a feminist timeline of history to Washington, DC’s National Mall

Artist Tiffany Shlain’s sculpture “Dendrofemonology” chronicles women’s achievements stretching back 50,000 years, on the eve of an election in which women’s rights are at stake

Federally funded museums in the US brace for government shutdown

The Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art are making plans for continuing operations amid a government shutdown that appears increasingly likely

The National Museum of Women in the Arts reopens after $67.5m makeover

The Washington, DC, museum opens on 21 October with an ambitious show of previously unseen large-scale sculptures and immersive installations

New stained-glass windows by Kerry James Marshall unveiled at Washington, DC's National Cathedral

The new works replace those depicting Confederate generals that were removed in 2017

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Artists including Sheila Hicks and Hank Willis Thomas receive US State Department's Medal of Arts

Medals were presented to five visual artists by First Lady Jill Biden at a ceremony in Washington, DC

Jenny Holzer to project quotes about democracy in DC to celebrate Art in Embassies anniversary

The work will appear on the facades of two museums on the Mall, a “very resonant location for democracy in America”

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC apologises to visitor with a disability who was forcibly removed

Celeste Tooth, a student and artist, was escorted off the museum premises following a disagreement with a guard over their backpack

Monuments to overlooked histories are coming to Washington, DC’s National Mall

New public art show will bring alternative monuments by Derrick Adams, Wendy Red Star, vanessa german and others to the busiest national park in the US

Smithsonian under fire for abrupt cancellation of Asian American literary festival

The institution cited “unforeseen circumstances”, leaving angry participants with debt and many unanswered questions

Smithsonian picks architect for $130m Bezos Learning Center on Washington, DC's National Mall

The new education annex of the National Air and Space Museum will be funded through a $200m gift from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Kimchi and K-pop: National Museum of Asian Art marks centenary with festival

The Washington, DC, institution wants to better connect with Asian American communities

Acclaimed sculptural installation, once threatened with demolition, reopens at new site

An installation in Washington, DC by Elyn Zimmerman featuring 450,000-pound boulders has been relocated, with the artist reconfiguring and retitling her work for the new site

Collector Mitchell Rales donates $1.9bn to Glenstone, the museum he and his wife co-founded near Washington, DC

With the enormous gift, the foundation that supports Glenstone now has an endowment of $4.6bn, roughly equivalent to that of the Metropolitan Museum

More than $55m raised toward Smithsonian’s planned American Women’s History Museum

The museum, one of two new Smithsonian museums in advanced planning stages, garnered major support from Walmart heiress Alice Walton, fashion designer Tory Burch and others

US National Museum of Women in the Arts to reopen in October following $67.5m renovation

Described as “the first major museum solely dedicated to championing women artists”, the Washington, DC museum is adding 20% more gallery space

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Sculptor Nyugen E. Smith’s new show in Washington, DC turns discarded objects into art

The Caribbean-American artist tell us about his new exhibition and how his work was inspired by makeshift houses in a Ugandan refugee camp

Temporary monuments to pop up on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in new initiative

Six artists have been selected to create commemorative interventions in the US capital's sprawling public space

Jill Biden presides over groundbreaking party for Hirshhorn Museum’s controversial sculpture garden revamp

The project’s architect, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, told attendees at the celebratory event that he repeatedly thought the project would be abandoned due to opposition

Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC picks architects for major revamp of its building and plaza

The renovation, to be executed in part by the architecture firm that designed the building’s original construction in 1974, comes after a contentious project to renovate its sculpture garden

Rubell Museum DC opens in former school, with a mission to champion ‘the unique role of artists as teachers’

Collectors Don and Mera Rubell, who also operate a museum in Miami, have added a major contemporary art space to the US capital’s cultural offerings

Smithsonian selects preferred sites for long-awaited Latino and women’s museums

The site selections must be approved or rejected by the US Congress by the end of the year

Vermeer at the National Gallery in Washington, DC declared not the real thing

The downgrading follows a study of the six paintings in the museum's collection thought to be by the Dutch master, which are now the subject of an exhibition detailing the findings

Legislation to create national LGBTQ museum in Washington, DC introduced to US Congress

Representative Mark Pocan of Wisconsin introduced legislation to establish the National Museum of American LGBTQ+ History and Culture within the Smithsonian Institution

A fixture of the Washington, DC scene becomes its newest contemporary art museum

After nearly 50 years as the Arlington Arts Center, a non-profit space just across the river from DC is being reborn as the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Smithsonian reveals shortlisted designs for $130m Bezos Learning Center at National Air and Space Museum

The institution is welcoming public feedback on proposals from five anonymous architecture firms bidding for the project on the National Mall

Marvin Gaye-inspired exhibition to inaugurate Rubell Museum in Washington, DC

The exhibition will feature nearly 200 works from Don and Mera Rubell's collection