The 150th anniversary of the Civil War coincides with the following significant developments in Washington DC:
- The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum (opened in Summer 2011)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (opened in Summer 2011)
- National Museum of Civil War Medicine (opened a location in downtown DC in 2011)
- Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (opened in February 2012)
- Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture (projected opening in 2015)
Major Events, Special Tours and ExhibitsNote: This list will be updated with events throughout the four year sesquicentennial commemoration.
Ongoing - Capitol Visitor Center. Take a tour entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War." The tour is offered Monday through Friday at 3:30 p.m. and does not require reservations. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and the Old Senate Chamber, this special 45-minute tour explores how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took place during the Civil War, and key judicial decisions made during this time period.
Through 2015 - National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW., Washington, DC. The National Portrait Gallery continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, with rotating exhibitions, many of which draw heavily on the museum’s permanent collection. These presentations, which mark each year of the war, complement the installation of objects from the Civil War that are on long-term display in the exhibition “American Origins.”
September 14-15, 2012 - 150th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain - includes living history presentations, demonstrations, special exhibits, concerts, and more. Opening ceremonies begin on September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Special programs will also be hosted in Middletown and Burkittsville.
Nov. 16, 2012 - April 28, 2013 -"The Civil War and American Art” - Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition examines how America’s artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath. Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church and Sanford Gifford—four of America’s finest artists of the era—anchor the exhibition. "The Civil War and American Art” will include approximately 60 paintings, vintage photographs and battlefield photography.
Additional Events Around the RegionGettsyburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the American Civil War's most famous battle, will host special commemorative events through 2015. See a Calendar of Civil War Anniversary Events in Gettysburg
All of the national battlefields will also be hosting special commemorative events. They are beautiful historic sites to visit and pay tribute to American war heroes. Read about the Civil War Battlefields Near Washington DC