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FREE HUGS at the National Museum of Natural History ~ So Heart-Warming & Fun!!
~~~ FREE HUGS on the NATIONAL MALL ~~~ Hey FREE HUGGERS!! We are sharing FREE HUGS: On SUNDAY, JUNE 10th, 1PM-3PM we will be offering and receiving FREE HUGS on the Smithsonian National Mall. !! IMPORTANT !! We meet OUTSIDE of the National Museum of Natural History on the NATIONAL MALL SIDE OF THE MUSEUM near the Refreshment stand. FREE HUGS gatherings generate so much excitement, joy, appreciation, connection, peace, love, smiles, “Thank you’s,” lots of laughter and such positive energy!! Our FREE HUGS movement is all about "Spreading More Love" regardless of political, religious, racial or gender identification or any other identification. [FREE HUGS gatherings are 1) NOT for advertising our businesses; 2) NOT about promoting political or religious or racial or gender issues or any other issues.] PARKING: On the street parking OR METRO: Smithsonian National Mall Metro Station (NOT Independence Ave.) We hope you will join us on Sunday for an awesome time! Lots of Hugs...jeff[masked] (c) ********** *Note: if you agree to participate in any FREE HUGS Event, you agree to the following terms: By choosing to attend this event, you are acknowledging the risks involved, and you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law. You agree (i) not to engage in any act of violence or violation of any applicable law (ii) to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and law enforcement authorities (iii) that any Meetup group will not be responsible to any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring in the course of your participating in the Event; and you agree to release and forever hold harmless Jeff Maurer, Meetup group and their respective employees and volunteers from liability for any such injury or damage.

National Museum of Natural History

Intersection of 9th St. NW & Madison Dr. NW · Washington, DC

What we're about

FREE HUGS ~ "Spreading More Love"

At this time in our country and around the world, there is so much disheartening divisiveness, partisanship, anger, and fear. What the world needs now is more understanding, compassion, and LOVE...

What EVERY person in the world really wants in his or her life ultimately is peace, happiness and love…


FREE HUGS are a deeply profound way to spread

more and more understanding, peace, joy, love and compassion

individually and collectively...


Imagine what a grassroots movement would be like if a groundswell of people joined in year-round FREE HUGS gatherings spreading more peace, happiness and love throughout the United States and all around the world!

EVERYONE is invited to these joyously fun and loving gatherings!!

*** Please let your friends and family know about this Meetup!! ***

Come casual! Make your own FREE HUGS sign and/or t-shirt.
FREE HUGS t-shirts are also available for purchase at

~~~ Please feel free to join us!! ~~~

FUTURE EVENTS: We are committed to hosting more and more FREE HUGS gatherings!
The Smithsonian National Mall gathering on May 17, 2015 commenced a grassroots movement in the United States to spread and to encourage more and more peace, love and understanding.

We expect that other FREE HUGS gatherings will appear in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Frederick, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Reston, etc. at other venues and events (eg. 10K races/marathons, outdoor concerts, Baltimore harbor, etc.).

We lovingly and happily encourage people to put on similar events throughout the year. People living in the Greater Washington, DC - Baltimore Region are welcome to place events on this website. Just contact us on and we will make you an Event Organizer.

If you would like to know when and where other events will be in the Greater Washington DC - Baltimore Region, please feel free to join the Free Hugs DCMDVA Meetup – it’s Free and only takes a minute or two to join: .

We are also on Facebook:

We encourage people living in other cities in the U.S. and all around the world to join in the grassroots movement!! is a very good way to organize and advertise such events.

Share your love by creating more love… Watch one or all four of the uplifting and fun FREE HUGS YouTubes below to see the impact YOU can make to change our world.

This FREE HUGS movement is inspired by Juan Mann from Australia and here is one of his YouTubes: (Juan Mann, Australia, 2006, 3:39)

More YouTubes by other organizers: (Adrian Van Oyen, Australia, 2013, 4:37) (Jean-Baptiste Ostoréro, France, 2013, 3:13) (Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., Boston Marathon, 2014, 3:14)

We REALLY do need more and more peace, joy and love for our kids, grand kids and ourselves in America and the whole world…

with Peace and deep Gratitude…
Jeff Maurer

Founder and Organizer

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