Daytime Programs
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Manon Lescaut and La Boheme.

Date
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Art of the Medieval World: Cathedrals and Beyond
4-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art and architecture of the 1,000-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, October 25 to November 15, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 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.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Tosca and Madame Butterfly.

Date
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection
2-Session Daytime Course

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your landscape and still-life paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Date
Tuesday, November 7 and 14, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with La fanciulla del West and La rondine.

Date
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 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.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Il trittico.

Date
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00 p.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
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Turandot.

Date
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wreaths: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 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, 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.
Wreaths: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A Day with Renoir and Friends

Spend a day inspired by Renoir and the circle of companions connected to his most beloved work. Visit the Philips Collection’s exhibition Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party, enjoy a box-luncheon gathering of your own, then head into to the studio for an afternoon of painting using some of Renoir’s signature techniques. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.
Fiber Jewelry: Put a Tassel on It!

Learn to work with metal discs and wire to create two styles of tasseled adornments that can be used to make earrings or as pendants for necklaces.

Date
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Centerpieces: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a centerpiece guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 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 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.