A hundred and fifty years ago the Civil War engulfed Washington. This museum building, then the Patent Office Building, was at times a barracks, a hospital, and the location of President Lincoln’s inaugural ball. Join Charles Robertson, Deputy Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for an exploration of these historic events.
Enjoy a sampling of Luce Unplugged concerts on the museum’s audio tour. Luce Unplugged is a monthly series that pairs live musical performances by D.C.-area musicians with artworks in the museum’s collection. Each concert features an “opening act,” a staff-led talk on an artwork selected by the performer.