You hibernated all winter, and now that summer is on the way, you have no excuse to stay home. There will be so many events around town that it will be hard to choose between them. An exhibit is always a great choice; you learn, you love and you have fun. Beat the heat by exploring these exhibits.

Mr. TIME: Portraits By Mr. Chaliapin
Portrait Gallery
8th St. and F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 00000
(202) 633-1000

Date: May 17, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014

Time Magazine has produced some of the most iconic articles, photos and covers in journalism. And one portrait artist contributed hundreds of covers to Time‘s legacy. The Portrait Gallery will be showcasing 300, including 26 originals, of Boris Chaliapin’s phenomenal portraits. Given the nickname “Mr. TIME” by his colleagues, Chaliapin became so prolific because of how quickly and accurately he could produce portraits. Spend some time visiting history through Mr. Time’s 28-year career chronicling it.

Fathom: Sculptural Exploration of Another World
Waverly Street Gallery
4600 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-9441

Date: May 7 to June 8, 2013

Over the years, Waverly Street Gallery has become one of the most respected and recognized galleries in the DC area, partly due to how much the gallery works with the community, including advertising local events, workshops and featuring local artists. Starting in May, the gallery will feature the “Fathom” exhibit by Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy. It is a collection of glass and clay sculptures depicting familiar and imaginative life forms. On their first work together, these sculptures complete each other’s concepts, literally picking up where the other stopped, creating unique and other worldly art. Paired with a sound installation, this exhibit will immerse you in another world.

Gardens By Night: Photographs By Diane Cook And Len Jenshel
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-7588

Date: Now through Sept. 8, 2013

Some beautiful scenes have been written and filmed in gardens; marriage proposals and secret rendezvous for example. They can be a great source of beauty, quiet reflection and inspiration during the day. Photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel’s exhibit focuses on the mystifying nature of gardens at night, including amazing shots of breathtaking gardens in France. A peaceful garden sanctuary by day can become a vibrant lively paradise at night. Travel to other lands and eras with these gorgeous photos.

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Options 2013
Arlington Arts Center
3500 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(202) 234-7103

Date: Now through June 9, 2013

Art in Washington DC is underrated and underfunded. For over 30 years, Washington Project for the Arts has tried to counterbalance that injustice with biennial exhibits by local artists. Hundreds of artists submit their work to be chosen for only 16 spaces in this special exhibition. This year’s group is composed of an interesting and intriguing mix of artists and genres. Discover, support and promote local artists by checking out “Options 2013.”

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code
National History Museum
10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Date: June 14, 2013 to Sept. 1, 2014

Not that long ago, science was limited and the human body was a giant, seemingly infinite puzzle. After decades of research and brilliant discoveries, the human body has become less of a mystery. This year is a milestone for two important discoveries, the 10-year anniversary of the Human Genome Project completion and the 16th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick. The Natural History Museum will be celebrating these discoveries and the potential for more ground-breaking discoveries with a special exhibit.

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