Study Tours
The Met’s Magnificent Museums: An Artful Weekend in New York
Overnight Tour

The Metropolitan Museum is one of New York’s most iconic institutions—and the perfect focus for art-filled weekend in Manhattan. The overnight getaway gives you plenty of time to take in all three branches of this cultural powerhouse—the landmark Fifth Avenue museum, the new Met Breuer, and the Cloisters—as well as enjoy a night at one of the city’s legendary hotels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 10:30 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.
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 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.
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.
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.