Events & Programs

With over 25 exhibitions per year, the American University Museum always has something new and provocative scheduled, including artist receptions, gallery talks, panel discussions, family events, guided tours, Yoga in the Galleries, concerts, and more!

Visit the museum homepage for a list of upcoming events.

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

Weekly Gallery Tours

Docent-led tours of current exhibitions are held on most weekends. Check out our homepage to view dates and times for upcoming tours. Meet at the front desk of the museum. Tours last forty-five minutes to one hour, and are free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Schedule a Group Tour

Guided tours of our current exhibitions are available to groups of ten or more. You must arrange group tours ahead of time. Please contact our Visitor and Operations Manager:

Sharon Christiansen
202-885-3656
schristi@american.edu

opening Receptions

Mingle with artists, curators, and fellow patrons and view new exhibitions five Saturdays a year. Saturday openings are free and open to the public. Check our homepage for upcoming opening event information. Museum members enjoy access to exclusive exhibition previews on Friday evenings. Learn more about the benefits and impact of an AU Museum membership.

Gallery Talks

Gallery talks with artists and curators are held each season. These events are free and open to the public. See our 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, check our homepage) at 10am, join 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 Level and above. Cash and check are accepted prior to the class, or pay online.

Please bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.

Family events

Each year, several Family Days and Kids@Katzen programs are offered. Free Family Days offer engaging activities across the museum for all ages. Kids@Katzen programs are small classes for ages 5-12, and are often taught by an exhibiting artist. Cost is $10 per child, and free for two children or grandchildren for AU Museum members at the Family level and above.

To stay up-to-date and register for upcoming family events, sign up for our email newsletter.

Music in the Museum

The AU Museum is partnered with the new music collective INTERFERENCE: new music collective to bring new music and new media to American University's campus. The collective was 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. These free concerts are typically held twice annually. To stay up-to-date on upcoming concert dates, sign up for our mailing list.

Patrons talking at museum event

 

Man sketching on an iPad

 

Leaves for crafting on table

Patrons viewing art in the museum
Photo credits (from top): Nick Klein, Bruce Guthrie, Nicole Martin, Nick Klein