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Stay Home DC

March 29, 2020

To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-053: Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Prohibition on Large Gatherings During Public Health Emergency for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) effective through April 24, 2020.


On March 29, 2020 President Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines to April 30th.


This Mayor’s Order requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people.


The intent of the Order is to temporarily cease all non-essential business activities, including tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs; hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops; tattoo parlors; sales not involved in essential services; retail clothing stores; and professional services not devoted to assisting essential business operations.


Check out the resources for life at home, health, testing, recovery, food, and kids here.

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2020 Architecture & Design Film Festival Mar. 26-29

March 4, 2020

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF: D.C.) will be held at The National Building Museum from March 26 through March 29, 2020.


Presented by The National Building Museum with the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, over the course of four days, the festival will screen films that explore design and its connection to a range of issues including gender equity, income inequality, immigration, and religion―through the life and work of practitioners like Phyllis Lambert, Denise Scott Brown, Mario Botta, Bruce Goff, László Moholy-Nagy, Jørn Utzon, and Isamu Noguchi. 

From (Photo by: From "Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience"

ADFF: D.C. begins with an Opening Night celebration and D.C. premiere of City Dreamers on the evening of Thursday, March 26, 2020.


The National Building Museum will be the venue for all films and will host screenings in three separate theaters, including one in the Museum’s iconic Great Hall, which has undergone a recent renovation. 


Between films, attendees can enjoy food and drink for purchase and relax in one of two Film Festival Lounges, featuring furniture donated by Herman Miller Collection and Design Foundry, and view a selection of AIA Film Challenge shorts. 


ADFF: D.C. is the first public program offered as part of the Museum’s 40th anniversary celebration, a year of exhibitions and programming that inspire curiosity about the world we design and build.

Full schedule and ticketing information is available here.

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Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Dumbarton House

January 27, 2020

Just in Time for Valentine's Day!

Spend February 13th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Dumbarton House with artisan chocolatier Jenny White of Swoon Chocolates. Learn about the origins of chocolate in American food culture with Dumbarton House’s new exhibition, Pick Your Poison. Then enjoy a curated tasting of small batch, exclusive chocolates with globally inspired flavors complimented by federal period style wines.

Each ticket includes a sweet gift to take home.

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