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Glenstone and the Phillips Collection: Private Collectors’ Visions

All-Day Tour

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Code: 1NDB26
Approach to the pavilions at Glenstone (Iwan Baan/Glenstone Museum)

TOUR UPDATE: The Phillips Collection has been removed from this tour. The tour will now be visiting the Glenstone Museum and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden.

Washington’s grand public museums aren’t the only places to see outstanding art: There are treasures to be found in any number of smaller-scaled private collections.

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect of the tastes and visions of their founders when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman.

After re-opening in the fall of 2018 after a significant and innovative expansion, Glenstone was dubbed “the new must-see museum” by the Washington Post. Mitchell and Emily Rales have assembled a collection of works by artists who have come to international prominence since World War II, housed in both the museum’s original Charles Gwathmey-designed exhibition space and a new 204,000-square-foot gallery called the Pavilions. Gardens on the 230-acre estate include an extensive sculpture park featuring pieces by Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly, among others.

Glenstone’s art is shown in exhibitions that spotlight individual artists. One of the highlights of the self-guided visit is the chance to view Louise Bourgeois: To Unravel a Torment, featuring five decades of the trailblazing work of the French-born American painter.

After a three-course lunch at Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac, head to Dupont Circle to view another museum founded by an art-collecting couple. The Philips Collection, opened in 1921, grew from the holdings of Duncan and Marjorie Phillips, whose interests encompassed impressionist works and the developing art of the early-20th century. A guided tour of the galleries provides context for the museum’s history and collection, which now includes 4,000 works ranging from masterpieces of French impressionism and American modernism to contemporary art.

The tour involves extensive walking on outdoor trails at Glenstone; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit

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“The expansion of Glenstone—with its modern masterpieces complemented by natural beauty and fresh, energetic architecture—is a blueprint for a new kind of museum experience.” —The Washington Post

Get a preview of that experience in a digital tour of Glenstone’s stunning expanded campus.

Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour