After Hours

Experience the museums at night with programming combining art, film, music, food, and more. Each event may feature films, pop-up concerts, tours, art making, and food and drink from local vendors.


Aeolus Quartet. Image by Deborah Feingold
Aeolus Quartet. Image by Deborah Feingold

Fridays@Freer|Sackler: Japan Modern Edition

Friday, November 30, 5–8 pm
Free; no tickets required

Celebrate our new Japan Modern exhibitions, Prints in the Age of Photography and Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection, at this special after-hours event. Get an unexpected view of Japanese culture through musical performances by Aeolus Quartet, fun photo ops, and exclusive curator tours. Check out the techniques behind the art as you make your own woodblock print with artists from Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Plus, enjoy Japanese flavors by Teaism and unique cocktails by Please Bring Chips, all available for purchase throughout the evening. At 7 pm, catch the US premiere of Dare to Stop Us, a film about Koji Wakamatsu, described by the New York Times as “a Japanese director and provocateur who flung sex, violence and politics on the screen.”

Enter the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery via the Haupt Garden, located between the Smithsonian Castle and Independence Avenue.

5–7 pm: Live musical performances
5–8 pm: Sackler galleries open; food and drinks available for purchase
6 pm: Curator tour of Japan Modern
7 pm: Film screening: Dare to Stop Us