SMITHSONIAN at 8, in collaboration with the National Museum of African Art and the Freer | Sackler Galleries presents A Garden Party: From Africa to Asia
WHEN: Fri., Aug. 16, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)
WHERE: Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden, National Museum of African Art, and Sackler Gallery (Entrances at 1000 Independence Ave. and 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC)
There’s no better place to celebrate summer than the Enid A. Haupt Garden, flanked on either side by the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery. Spend a late-summer evening in the dramatically lit garden and enjoy exclusive late-night access to galleries featuring art from the African and Asian continents.
Add music by DJ Alkimist, specialty cocktails, and curators’ talks, and you’ve got an artful garden party you just can’t miss.
More of the evening’s features include:
- A GIF photo booth courtesy of OM Digital
- A cash bar provided by Geppetto Catering
- Food for sale by Geppetto Catering, Teaism, and Ruby Scoops
- A scavenger hunt throughout both museums
Come dressed in your global garden-party best!
Garden party guests have two outstanding Smithsonian museums all to themselves, featuring exhibits focusing on everything from the breathtaking gold jewelry of Senegalese women to a look at artwork that explores Asia’s rich Buddhist heritage. Explore what’s on view at the African Art Museum and the Sackler Gallery. Channel your inner curator as you investigate the influence of women on the Smithsonian collections.
The party goes on rain or shine! In case of rain, the event will take place inside the S. Dillon Ripley Center, which connects to both museums underground.
Special features for VIP ticket-holders: Exclusive early access to the event from 7 to 8 p.m., including an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails and small bites, courtesy of Nando’s, Teaism, JRINK, and Sweet Teensy Bakery. (Please note that these VIP benefits are available only between 7 and 8 p.m.)
Advance sale: $30 /VIP $55
At the door: General Admission: $35 /VIP $60