Sunday, January 1, 2012

PAST: EXHIBIT: "Samurai: The Warrior Transformed" on view at National Geographic WED, March 7th - MON, Sept 3rd from 10:00am - 6:00pm daily, $8 general, $6 students, seniors, military, members, $4 for kids 5-12

Samurai: The Warrior Transformed
On View at National Geographic
Wednesday, March 7th - Monday, September 3rd
10:00am - 6:00pm daily
$8 general, $6 students, seniors, military, members
$4 kids 5-12, Free for school and youth groups 18 and under

In a uniquely Washington look at the storied Japanese warriors, this exhibition presents the transformation of the samurai. They went from being a feudal military class dominating Japanese history from 1185–1867 to serving as a vehicle for building bridges with the West.
Illustrations and photographs further chart the role samurai played in relations between the United States and Japan from their first visit in 1860 through the 1930s.

The iconic Cherry Blossom trees are also celebrating their 100th anniversary since they were planted along the banks of the Potomac and around the Tidal Basin in 1912. While at National Geographic for the Samaurai exhibit, you can also check out a companion photography gallery displaying images by writer, photographer, and geographer Eliza R. Scidmore who made many visits to Japan beginning 1885. The first woman on the National Geographic Board, she played an instrumental role in the gift of the cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington. Featuring portraits, pearl diving, and tea ceremonies, her hand-tinted photographs reflect a fascination with Japanese people and culture.

Guided Tour, included with cost of Admission
every Mondays
11:00am - 11:45am
Join National Geographic Museum staff for an in-depth look at the stories and artifacts featured in the exhibition. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.

Drop In Programs - Alternate program
included with price of admission
2:00pm daily

Examine Japanese societal roles under the Tokugawa Shogunate and learn about the samurai’s role in Japan’s hierarchical society through an interactive mapping demonstration.

Enjoy an informal talk with a visitor services representative to learn more about the first Japanese diplomatic visitors to DC in 1860. The discussion, based on primary source diaries, letters, and newspaper articles, will reveal American impressions of the visit as well as the impact it had on the future of the samurai.

Note: On Tuesday April 10th the museum will close at 5:00pm, last tickets sold at 4:00pm.
On Wednesday, April 18th the exhibit will open at 11:00am and on Thursday April 26th the museum will close at 4:00pm, with last tickets sold at 3:00 p.m.

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus, along 16th St, or the 42 bus, along Connecticut Ave, to M St.

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