What’s On

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Be Curious, Be Challenged, Be Inspired.

See our permanent collections with new eyes and discover new works of art that inspire you through our temporary exhibitions.

Current Exhibitions

Let our exhibitions take you through time and space in new and interesting ways. The stories within will come to life and ask you to look closer, consider different perspectives, and form your own questions and conclusions about how the world fits together.

A room with opulent painted and gilded wall decorations, with walls lined with shelves of blue-and-white ceramics.

The Peacock Room

The Peacock Room has captivated museum visitors since its opening in 1923. Originally designed by artist James McNeill Whistler to showcase a Chinese blue-and-white porcelain collection, the room marries its avian motif with a striking use of color inspired by the arts of East Asia. See the room illuminated by natural light when the shutters are opened every third Thursday of the month.

Learn More about the Peacock Room


Enjoy film screenings and performances. Attend talks, lectures, or workshops. Bring the kids for family activities or take a guided tour. There is something for everyone. Join us!

Online Events

Don't let location stop you. Participate from anywhere by taking a virtual tour, attending online talks, streaming films, and more.
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Korean Film Festival DC 2023

June 2–30

This year’s festival includes some of the best-reviewed and most popular Korean movies of the past year. The festival is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea.

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Explore the Museum’s Digital Experience

Let curiosity be your guide in our online exhibitions.

Explore the Museum from Home

Take a virtual walk through the museum using Google Arts & Culture.
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See The Story Unfold

Experience arts and cultures as well as the individuals behind the scenes through featured videos.

Video Poster

Centennial Celebrations at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art | Trailer | View on YouTube

More from the Museum

Hear from a range of voices at the museum and see what’s happening behind the scenes.


Come See Us In Person

Get a closer look at centuries of art and culture and find out how our collections still come to life today.

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