Study Tours
Design and Architecture in Focus: The High Line, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and Yale
Overnight Tour

Explore the creative synergies between architecture and design as you spend two fascinating days in New York City and Connecticut in a tour led by architecture and urban studies specialist Bill Keene. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:00 p.m.
Washington’s Mosaics: Treasures in Unexpected Places
All-Day Tour

Join mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald for an inside look at a variety of mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings that contain unexpected gems. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chasing the Ghost of the China Clipper
All-Day Tour

Led by transportation expert Scott Hercik, learn about the beginning of trans-Pacific commercial aviation and the four-engine flying boats, the legendary Clipper line that pioneered the launch, during this visit to the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.

Date
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A Spectacular Day at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
All-Day Tour

Spend a day at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve aglow with fall foliage.

Date
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Potomac Eagle: A Rail Ride Through the Trough
All-Day Tour

Squeezed between two Appalachian ridges, the south branch of the Potomac cuts through a narrow wooded West Virginia canyon known as the Trough. Traverse it with rail historian Joe Nevin on a tour that includes a 3 1/2-hour excursion on the diesel-powered Potomac Eagle along the route of the South Branch Valley Railroad from Petersburg to Romney.

Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Urban Farming in DC: Rooftop Garden Tour and Workshop at H Street Farms

Niraj Ray of Cultivate the City, a District-based organization of urban farmers, offers a look at creative solutions to growing your own food or beautifying your small space. Bring home your own herb plantings to give you a head start.

Date
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Harpers Ferry: American History in Brilliant Color
All-Day Tour

Grab your hiking boots and camera and take in the autumn beauty—and the local history—during an excursion led by historian Garrett Peck.

Date
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tiffany at the Corning Museum of Glass
4-Day Tour

The stunning exhibition Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics is the centerpiece of a glass-lover’s dream visit to Corning. The four-day tour, led by museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker, offers participants a true insider’s experience and many curator-conducted sessions. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:30 p.m.
Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island
Daytime Tour

Enjoy the magic of an autumn morning as author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac.

Date
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour

A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.

Date
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour

A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.

Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour

A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.

Date
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Inside NIST: A Visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Daytime Tour

With research focused on everything from rescue robots to tissue engineering taking place at its Gaithersburg headquarters, this center for technology, measurement, and standards offers a fascinating destination for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Date
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bethlehem: America’s Christmas City
Overnight Tour

There’s no better place to get into the spirit of the season than charming Bethlehem, nestled in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Stroll through the European-inspired Christkindlmarkt for some gift shopping, enjoy the holiday lights of Main Street at night, and visit sites that reflect the city’s strong Moravian traditions and industrial history.

Date
Depart: Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, December 4, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular
All-Day Tour

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.

Date
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Inside NIST: A Visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Daytime Tour

With research focused on everything from rescue robots to tissue engineering taking place at its Gaithersburg headquarters, this center for technology, measurement, and standards offers a fascinating destination for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Date
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Battle of Cedar Creek
All-Day Tour

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was both a crucial invasion route and the breadbasket for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and as a result, it was a much-fought-over region. Join author and historian Garrett Peck on a daylong tour of the last major battle in the Shenandoah Valley.

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Met’s Magnificent Museums: An Artful Weekend in New York
Overnight Tour

The Metropolitan Museum is one of New York’s most iconic institutions—and the perfect focus for art-filled weekend in Manhattan. The overnight getaway gives you plenty of time to take in all three branches of this cultural powerhouse—the landmark Fifth Avenue museum, the new Met Breuer, and the Cloisters—as well as enjoy a night at one of the city’s legendary hotels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 10:30 p.m.
The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
All-Day Tour

Members-Only Event: Take the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the laboratories and studios where scientific analyses and conservation treatments of the Smithsonian’s collections take place. The visit to the Suitland facility also includes a look at objects and collections that are never exhibited to the public.

Date
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.