Events at AU Museum

Museum Yoga

With over 25 shows a year, the American University Museum always has something new and provocative scheduled, including Artists' Receptions, Gallery Talks, panel discussion, Kids@Katzen, guided tours, Yoga in the Galleries, concert series, and more!

Visit the museum homepage for a list of upcoming events.

Our email newsletter is the best way to stay updated on upcoming exhibitions, programs and events.

Browse programs below:

Weekly Gallery Tours

Explore the galleries each Friday at 11:30 am with knowledgeable volunteer docents. Guided tours highlight current exhibitions. Topics vary each week. Come to learn or just for fun!

Tours run every Friday the museum is open. Meet at the front desk of the museum. Tours last forty-five minutes to one hour. Check the museum homepages for closures. Tours are free and open to the public.

Schedule a Group Tour

Tours are available to groups of ten or more. To arrange a group tour of our current exhibitions, please contact our Visitor and Operations Coordinator:

Sharon Christiansen

Artists' Receptions

Mingle with artists and curators of new exhibitions five Saturdays a year in the Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Saturday openings are free and open to the public. Museum members enjoy access to exclusive exhibition previews on Friday evenings. Learn more about the benefits of membership below.

Gallery Talks

Gallery talks with artists and curators are held each season. These events are free and open to the public. See the events calendar or individual exhibition pages for upcoming talks. Unless otherwise noted, gallery talks are held in the museum.

Yoga in the Galleries

Every Wednesday (excluding holidays and closures) at 10 am, join 750 hour certified instructor Eva Blutinger for a peaceful, restorative Kripalu yoga class in the museum. Classes are $10 a session, $5 for museum members, and free for museum members at the Associate's Level and above. Cash and check are accepted prior to the class, or pay online at tinyurl/aumtickets.

Please bring your own mat, block, and blankets. All levels are welcome.


Our Family Day Kids @ Katzen program offers children from ages 5-12 and their parents a unique opportunity to engage with current exhibitions and each create their own works of art in a hands-on experience. These bi-monthly art classes are held at 1 pm on Sunday directly outside of the museum entrance, unless otherwise noted. Cost is $20 per family of four per class and $5 for each additional child. Advance online registration is suggested. Cash and check accepted prior to class.

Kids@Katzen Family Day offers children and their parents a unique opportunity to engage with our current exhibitions through hands-on art projects. Participants take an age-appropriate tour, regularly by a local artist themselves, then create their own work inspired by the exhibit.

The cost is $20 per family of four and $5 for each additional child. Buy tickets online or by cash or check prior to the class.

For questions or to register by phone, call AU Museum at 202-885-1300. AU Museum members at the Family Level and above receive priority registration.

Music in the Museum

The AU Museum has partnered with the new music collective INTERFERENCE/Intermedia new music collective to create CONNECTED: MUSIC in the MUSEUM concert series to bring new music and new media to AU campus. INTERFERENCE is the Ensemble-in-Residence for the CONNECTED series. Formed at AU in 2015 by Steve Antosca, composer and Curator for New Music-in-Residence, William Brent, computer music specialist, and Nancy Jo Snider, cellist and Music Program Director. The concerts focus on the use of technology in composition and performance utilizing a computer controlled multi-channel sound system to exploit the sonically unique and visually rich performance environment of the museum. These "Ambulatory Concert Experiences" encourage audience members to wander through and explore the museum during performances.

Concerts are free and open to the public and are presented in partnership with the Contemporary Music Forum, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, The Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund, and the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France.