Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

February 16–April 28, 2019

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
A photograph inside the Kogod Courtyard of orchids in various colors.

Phalaenopsis Hybrid. Photo by Libby Weiler.

Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations. A joint collaboration with SAAM, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, this installation fills the museums’ courtyard with hundreds of orchids of stunning variety. Did you know that orchids are found on every continent except Antarctica? The gorgeous presentation showcases how orchids have adapted to their many different environments.

When you visit, stop by the courtyard espresso and dessert cart for treats that feature orchid-inspired flavors like vanilla, and find beautiful custom orchid merchandise in the Museum Store.