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.

Guided group tours of the Carnegie Library building and its history are available by appointment. Contact to schedule your group today.

Access to the the Kiplinger Research Library is available by prior appointment. Contact to schedule your visit.

Future Exhibits:


For the Record
Opening October 2017

Throughout its 122-year history, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 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


Upcoming Events

Sat 29
Sun 30

Save Your History: a Digital Preservation Workshop

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
May 06

Mapping and Migration

May 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
May 11