Current Exhibits

The Historical Society offers exhibits that explore the architectural and social history of Washington, D.C. However, there are currently no exhibits on display at this time. Please check back for updates.

For the Record (Opens October 2017)


Throughout its history, the Historical Society has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. Since 2014, the Historical Society’s “For the Record” program and exhibition has continued the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record has provided exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and has raised funds to support the Historical Society.

The 2017 exhibition will feature artwork depicting eight neighborhoods, one in each of the city’s wards. Only artwork featuring or depicting the following eight neighborhoods will be accepted:

Ward 1: Howard Town/Pleasant Plains
Ward 2: Burleith
Ward 3: Palisades
Ward 4: Shepherd Park
Ward 5: Ivy City
Ward 6: Buzzard Point
Ward 7: Kenilworth
Ward 8: Congress Heights