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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your path indoors and out. Warm up a winter day by taking a look inside the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your path indoors and out. Warm up a winter day by taking a look inside the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Banish the chill of the season by basking in a day of Shakespearean magic at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The distinctive Greco-Deco building holds plenty of treasures, and special tours and behind-the-scenes sessions spotlight many of them. A matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream captures you in its spell.

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM

With the theme Explore America, the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and our country’s majestic landscapes. Horticulturist and Smithsonian Gardens staff member Cindy Brown leads a tour to this lavish floral tribute to the natural beauty found from coast to coast.

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM

From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and builder Montgomery Meigs is still part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Spend a day focused on Washington history and architecture as you discover the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.

Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Strategically located midway between the opposing capitals of Washington and Richmond, Fredericksburg saw a devastating battle early in the war, followed by three years of brutal activity in the surrounding countryside. Civil War historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss explore the city’s dramatic wartime history.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover, MD. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover, MD. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Say an official goodbye to winter with a visit to two of Richmond’s prime attractions for garden lovers, led by Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

From the pre-Revolutionary era to the Civil War to the Great Depression and the postwar boom, Arlington County has always been a canvas for American history. Get a surprising look at the suburbs you think you know when you join historian Kathryn Holt Springston for a tour that uncovers the area’s rich heritage.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Join arts journalist Richard Selden for a day filled with visual riches. The Walters Museum of Art and several beautiful and significant city churches are on itinerary, as well as a private organ concert. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Climb on board with historian Joseph Nevin for a steam train excursion through the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside and an afternoon at one of America's finest rail museums.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Join historian Gregg Clemmer as he explores and explains the most iconic battle of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

D.C. was expected to be the “model dry city” during Prohibition. No way. There were about 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. Discover the quirky and little-known “monuments” to Prohibition on a walking tour in town.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM

D.C. was expected to be the “model dry city” during Prohibition. No way. There were about 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. Discover the quirky and little-known “monuments” to Prohibition on a walking tour in town.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM

D.C. was expected to be the “model dry city” during Prohibition. No way. There were about 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. Discover the quirky and little-known “monuments” to Prohibition on a walking tour in town.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:45 AM

The beautiful Brandywine region is the ideal destination for lovers of art, grand houses and gardens, American history—and used books. Join Hayden Mathews, an environmental and cultural history interpreter, on an overnight tour and discover why.

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Staff from the Jamestown Rediscovery project share the eloquent archeological story of life and death in North America’s first permanent British settlement during a visit to this fascinating research site.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-long focus on integrating domestic architecture and nature. See them both when you travel to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for a day with architecture specialist Bill Keene.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-long focus on integrating domestic architecture and nature. See them both when you travel to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for a day with architecture specialist Bill Keene.

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