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Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Distinctive Chesapeake Bay history and traditions are woven into the daily life of Tilghman’s Island and charming St. Michaels. Local historian Hayden Matthews provides a guide to them during a summer day spent near—and on—the water.

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Join historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss as they explore and interpret the most iconic fight of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

You might be surprised to learn that locations like College Park, the White House, and even the Smithsonian Castle played key roles during the earliest years of fight. Paul Glenshaw, a Wright Brothers scholar, leads a day devoted to the thrilling era when Washington—and all of America—first looked to the skies.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Join maritime historian Pete Lesher and discover the traditions of life on Tangier Island, a distinctive Chesapeake Bay community tied to the ways of the water.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Candy entrepreneur Milton Hershey lavishly funded a completely planned community for his workers, and his legacy of civic philanthropy lives on in the town that bears his name. Get a close-up look at the social and architectural heritage that makes Hershey such a “sweet” spot to visit.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 AM

The striking new Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the celebrated museum is the centerpiece of a visit led by museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker. Sessions led by the museum’s director and other curators focus on the best of new design and art in glass, as well as the form’s history.

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As one of America’s most influential political families, the Roosevelts made their mark on the world—and on the city of Washington. Spend a day following in their footsteps guided by historian Jim Carr, a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Join maritime historian Pete Lesher and discover the traditions of life on Tangier Island, a distinctive Chesapeake Bay community tied to the ways of the water.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

The rich farmland of the Shenandoah Valley was a prime target of Sheridan’s 1864 sweep through the region. Explore the site of one of the key battles for control of “the breadbasket of the Confederacy.”

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:00 AM

A partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Go behind the scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Staff members lead a daylong visit that focuses on their fascinating and important work in wildlife and natural resource science.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Virginia’s autumn landscape provides the perfect backdrop as historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss look beyond Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign to lead an exploration of some of the less-familiar places in the valley that saw significant battles in 1863 and 1864.

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