Study Tours
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.
Alexander Hamilton: A Washington Presence
All-Day Tour

Alexander Hamilton always called New York home, but his image and influence is found all around Washington. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian and scholar Denver Brunsman on a tour of sites that reflect the vision and leadership of this Founding Father—well before he was reinvented as a Broadway musical phenomenon.

Date
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Visit a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. 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. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Visit a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. 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. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Terracotta Warriors in Richmond
All-Day Tour

Spend a fascinating day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts viewing the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. It features 10 majestic terracotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation.

Date
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Alexander Hamilton: A Washington Presence
All-Day Tour

Alexander Hamilton always called New York home, but his image and influence is found all around Washington. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian and scholar Denver Brunsman on a tour of sites that reflect the vision and leadership of this Founding Father—well before he was reinvented as a Broadway musical phenomenon.

Date
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Russian Masterpieces in Baltimore
All-Day Tour

Spend a day sampling the distinctive decorative arts and music of tsarist Russia, including a guided tour of Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition at the Walters Art Museum and a private performance of arias and art songs. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
The Great Suffrage March of 1913: The Final Push for the 19th Amendment with Morning Tour

When more than 5,000 suffragists and supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural, they made history—and marked a newly energized phase of a decades-long fight. Join author Rebecca Boggs Roberts as she traces the heroic struggle of suffrage leader Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party as they worked to earn the vote. Includes a morning walking tour on March 2.

Date
Program: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Great Suffrage March of 1913: The Final Push for the 19th Amendment with Morning Tour

When more than 5,000 suffragists and supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural, they made history—and marked a newly energized phase of a decades-long fight. Join author Rebecca Boggs Roberts as she traces the heroic struggle of suffrage leader Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party as they worked to earn the vote. Includes a morning walking tour on March 3.

Date
Program: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour

Inspired by the theme Wonders of Water, the 2018 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.

Date
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour

Inspired by the theme Wonders of Water, the 2018 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.

Date
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Morning Tour

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your paths indoors and out. Get a preview of what spring will  look like on the National Mall with a visit to the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Date
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Inside Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Where the Manhattan Project Began
4-Day Tour

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 4-day 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.

Date
Depart: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:00 p.m.
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Afternoon Tour

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your paths indoors and out. Get a preview of what spring will  look like on the National Mall with a visit to the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Date
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fallingwater: An In-Depth Exploration with Kentuck Knob
Overnight Tour

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive organic architecture. Visit both on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania led by architectural historian Bill Keene—and stay at a Wright-inspired boutique hotel. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.
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 Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Date
Depart: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.
Doodlebugging Through Delaware
All-Day Tour

Hop aboard an early 20th-century self-propelled railcar called the Doodlebug and take in the spring sights along the historic Wilmington and Western Railroad line. Joe Nevin, a railroad historian, serves as the tour’s leader.

Date
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Art in the Hudson River Valley: A Spring Sampler
Overnight Tour

The height of spring is the ideal time to embark on a thoughtfully curated exploration of New York’s Hudson Valley, a region booming as a magnet for art lovers. Highlights include a visit to Storm King Art Center to view stunning outdoor sculptures; a tour of the Edward Hopper house, now a museum devoted to the artist; and a rare chance to visit to private studio of the late photographer Rodney Smith. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.