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See Me at the Smithsonian

See Me at the Smithsonian is an interactive program for adults with dementia and their care partners. On scheduled weekdays, pre-registered participants (8-10 people) explore some of the Smithsonian’s most beloved objects in small group discussions and multi-sensory activities. See Me provides intellectual engagement, opportunities for socialization, and the ability for loved ones to spend time together in a relaxed setting. In-gallery programs take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art, National Museum of African Art, and National Museum of American History.   

Since May 2020, we have fully transitioned to delivering virtual See Me programs. To date, four museums (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, and National Museum of American History) have hosted virtual programs via Zoom and plan to continue this practice for the foreseeable future.  

Programming for larger groups, including in-gallery, in community locations, and virtually, are available upon request. 

In addition, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City hosts a similar program, Design Dialogues, on scheduled Sunday mornings.  

To learn more about See Me at the Smithsonian, please contact Ashley Grady at

To learn more about Design Dialogue at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, please contact Ruth Starr at

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