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Election and Inaugural Themed Exhibits and Events in Washington DC

By January 6, 2013

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Here are some special exhibits and events focusing on political and inauguration themes in Washington DC.
  • National Archives
    Free exhibits and public programs include a special display of George Washington's Inaugural Address and live-streaming of the swearing-in ceremony. Avoid the cold and watch the live-streamed Presidential Inauguration on a big screen! Then step outside to watch the Inaugural Parade. The Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film presents a selection of archival motion pictures related to the ceremonial inaugural events, including swearing-in ceremonies, official inaugural balls, and parades. The Public Vaults Permanent Exhibition features sections on Presidential decision-making, public addresses, private deliberations, and correspondence including original documents signed by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

  • National Museum of the American Indian
    A Century Ago...They Came as Sovereign Leaders
    The photo exhibition focuses on President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade and the six great chiefs who participated in the procession: Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume (Piegan Blackfeet). (Jan. 15 until Feb. 25, 2013)

  • The Phillips Collection
    Political Wits, 100 Years Apart: Daumier and Oliphant
    Art thumbs its nose at politics in this election-inspired gallery, featuring works by Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-79) and Patrick Oliphant (Australian, b. 1935) from the museum's permanent collection. A master of caricature and satire, Daumier so lampooned King Louis-Philippe that the artist was charged with sedition and imprisoned for six months in 1832. Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Oliphant--whose work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress and published in the New Yorker, New York Times, and Washington Post--had a deep and longstanding admiration of Daumier. (through Jan. 20, 2013)

  • Newseum
    Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press
    The exhibit explores the history of media coverage of presidential elections including more than 120 artifacts and a variety of interactive activities. (through Jan. 27, 2013) See photos of the exhibit.

  • Capitol Steps
    The Capitol Steps perform live in Washington DC every Friday and Saturday night. The material is particularly relevant during the election campaign season. Former Congressional staffers perform a political musical satire and keep you laughing about events and personalities on Capitol Hill, the Oval Office, and more.

  • Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
    Usually closed in January, the museum will open January 18 to 22, 2013, with the Tour for the Presidential Inaugural, featuring stories and artifacts from George Washington's presidency to the 20th century. Take the hourly tour, partake of a novel tea-and-tour on Jan. 19, or schedule your own small-group tea, tour or other event.
See also, A Guide to the Presidential Inauguration 2013
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