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Study Tours

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Join a live virtual tour that examines works by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and other painters in a way that you—and even visitors to the Barnes—have never experienced. High-definition Deep Zoom technology offers closeup looks at the canvases that reveal their surfaces and details in ways that bring the art and the artists to vivid life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

In the early decades of the 20th century, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 prefabricated Modern Homes kits, offering Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Historian Dakota Springston draws on period and contemporary images to lead a virtual tour through several historic Northern Virginia neighborhoods that boast a wide range of these distinctive houses, followed by a Q&A with a Sears Homes expert.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an intimate virtual experience and explore your surroundings through all your senses. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning forest-bathing program.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Though no one is packing for far-flung places these days, residents of the Mid-Atlantic have an advantage when it comes to closer-to-home travel choices. A new series surveys perfect destinations for brief getaways—from the mountains of Pennsylvania to coastal Virginia—and covers the most interesting places, beautiful natural attractions, and significant historical and cultural sites that should be part of your mini-vacation.

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Friday, October 9, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Arts journalist Richard Selden delighted participants during past bus tours to Brooklyn and Staten Island. While the buses are forced to idle in garages, he’s back to present a series of virtual visits to the less-familiar slices of the Big Apple—in their own way as surprising and culturally fulfilling as the famous core. This program focuses on Brooklyn.

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Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Arts journalist Richard Selden delighted participants during past bus tours to Brooklyn and Staten Island. While the buses are forced to idle in garages, he’s back to present a series of virtual visits to the less-familiar slices of the Big Apple—in their own way as surprising and culturally fulfilling as the famous core. This program focuses on Staten Island.

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Friday, October 16, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Using live commentary and recorded footage of Old Town locations that reflect the spirit of the 18th century, author and historian Garrett Peck leads a delightful virtual tour that spotlights churches, houses, taverns, and other sites in the place the first president considered his home town.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an intimate virtual experience and explore your surroundings through all your senses. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning forest-bathing program.

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Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Arts journalist Richard Selden delighted participants during past bus tours to Brooklyn and Staten Island. While the buses are forced to idle in garages, he’s back to present a series of virtual visits to the less-familiar slices of the Big Apple—in their own way as surprising and culturally fulfilling as the famous core. This program focuses on Queens.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews guides a series of virtual Mid-Atlantic tours to whet your appetite for independent exploration and spark your travel plans. With a focus on Southern Maryland, he covers the history and background on this area’s distinctive geographical and environmental profile, and offers stunning images, lots of tips and insights for visitors, and other useful resources.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an intimate virtual experience and explore your surroundings through all your senses. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning forest-bathing program.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020 -10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of five artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This program focuses on art by Henri Matisse. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Friday, October 30, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Arts journalist Richard Selden delighted participants during past bus tours to Brooklyn and Staten Island. While the buses are forced to idle in garages, he’s back to present a series of virtual visits to the less-familiar slices of the Big Apple—in their own way as surprising and culturally fulfilling as the famous core. This program focuses on the Bronx.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

Naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a virtual excursion to Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac, tracing its beauty and biological diversity as she discusses its woodlands and wildlife.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of five artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This program focuses on art by Paul Cézanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews guides a series of virtual Mid-Atlantic tours to whet your appetite for independent exploration and spark your travel plans. With a focus on the Brandywine Valley, he covers the history and background on this area’s distinctive geographical and environmental profile, and offers stunning images, lots of tips and insights for visitors, and other useful resources.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews guides a series of virtual Mid-Atlantic tours to whet your appetite for independent exploration and spark your travel plans. With a focus on the Shenandoah Valley, he covers the history and background on this area’s distinctive geographical and environmental profile, and offers stunning images, lots of tips and insights for visitors, and other useful resources.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of five artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This program focuses on art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of five artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This program focuses on art by Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)