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Art + History Museum Tour with Paul Glenshaw

In-Person Program

Weekend All-Day Tour

Saturday, January 27, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NDA08
Tour meets in the rotunda of the
West Building of the National Gallery of Art
6th St & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC
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Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

Smithsonian Associates lecturer Paul Glenshaw leads brisk, engaging tours of the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum focused on several of the great works featured in his popular Art + History series.

Participants view the masterpieces and learn the stories they tell and how the artists came to create them. Works include The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens; Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley; Napoleon in His Study by Jacques-Louis David; The Railway by Édouard Manet; Among the Sierra Nevada by Albert Bierstadt; and several others.

Glenshaw has drawn detailed studies of these pieces and shares the insights he’s gained through deep looking and detailed research. The tour begins at the National Gallery of Art, followed by lunch at Zaytinya and visits to the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum.

The program is limited to 25 participants.

Know Before You Go

  • Tour participants meet at 10 a.m. in the rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art (6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW) and end at 3:30 p.m. at the American Art Museum.
  • The tour's pricing includes lunch.
  • The tour involves 3+ hours of walking and standing.
  • Important: Dress for outdoor walking; layered clothing and comfortable shoes recommended.

Additional Date Options for this Tour

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, January 26, 2024.
  • Smithsonian Associates is a mask-friendly environment. Please feel free to bring and wear a mask at any time during a tour, both for your safety or the safety of others.
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