Study Tours
The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia
All-Day Tour

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Bonita Billman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Glimpses of Old Arlington
All-Day Tour

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.

Date
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
All-Day Tour

Led by tour leader Bill Keene, explore spectacular Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork of organic architecture and only remaining major residence with its setting, original furnishings, and artworks intact. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Kayaking the Potomac: A New View of the Capital
Weekend Tour

Experience some of Washington’s most distinctive landmarks from a different perspective—a kayak on the Potomac. Judy Lathrop, a certified interpretive guide and kayak instructor, weaves together urban, cultural, and natural history to create a unique portrait of the capital city, its people, and its most famous river. 

Date
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Rock Creek Cemetery
Weekend Tour

Rock Creek Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.

Date
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Rock Creek Cemetery
Weekend Tour

Rock Creek Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.

Date
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kayaking the Potomac: A New View of the Capital
Weekend Tour

Experience some of Washington’s most distinctive landmarks from a different perspective—a kayak on the Potomac. Judy Lathrop, a certified interpretive guide and kayak instructor, weaves together urban, cultural, and natural history to create a unique portrait of the capital city, its people, and its most famous river. 

Date
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 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
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Kayaking the Potomac: A New View of the Capital
Weekend Tour

Experience some of Washington’s most distinctive landmarks from a different perspective—a kayak on the Potomac. Judy Lathrop, a certified interpretive guide and kayak instructor, weaves together urban, cultural, and natural history to create a unique portrait of the capital city, its people, and its most famous river. 

Date
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Arlington National Cemetery
Weekend Tour

Arlington National Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.

Date
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tales and Tombstones: Walk in Arlington National Cemetery
Weekend Tour

Arlington National Cemetery is one of the area’s most historic sites, a place that tells eloquent stories about the past. Historian and guide Jeanne Fogle leads a walking tour—and tells some of those tales.

Date
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kayaking the Potomac: A New View of the Capital
Weekend Tour

Experience some of Washington’s most distinctive landmarks from a different perspective—a kayak on the Potomac. Judy Lathrop, a certified interpretive guide and kayak instructor, weaves together urban, cultural, and natural history to create a unique portrait of the capital city, its people, and its most famous river. 

Date
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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.
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.