What’s Hot in Washington, DC May – August 2023


The newly renovated Bird House at The National Zoo reopened on March 13, 2023. Closed since 2017, the Bird House features three interactive rooms where more than 170 birds representing 56 species from the Americas and DC. Each of the rooms replicates the birds’ natural habitats – from the shores of Delaware Bay to a tropical coffee farm.

The National Museum of American Diplomacy, opening late 2023, will be the first museum to give visitors access to the untold stories of how diplomacy has been instrumental to our success as a nation, and how it continues to influence our lives today. The new museum will highlight the power of peaceful negotiations and diplomatic ventures for Americans at home and explore the paths to becoming a diplomat.

The Capital Jewish Museum, opening spring 2023, will juxtapose the story of Jewish Washington with exhibits on the American Jewish community’s history of activism and the struggle for civil rights and racial justice for all Americans. The building itself will merge old and new, incorporating the original brick building of one of the DC’s oldest synagogues, Adas Israel, into a more modern structure of metal, glass and concrete.

National Museum of Women in the Arts, re-opening October 21, 2023, will be the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to championing women artists after being closed to the public for a two-year renovation of its historic building. The building’s first full renovation since 1987, the USD$67.5 million project preserves the structure’s history while transforming its interior spaces.

U.S. Park Police Horse Stables and Education Center, opening spring 2023, will be a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable horse stable for the U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol Unit, created by the Trust for the National Mall, along with the National Park Service.

Folger Shakespeare Theater, opening 2023, will be part of The Folger’s 1932 building which is undergoing a major renovation to expand public space, improve accessibility and enhance the experience for visitors. The renovation project will add a 12,000-square-foot public pavilion under the Folger’s front lawn with fully accessible entry plazas for all visitors on both the east- and west-facing sides of the building.

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