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Members Only Tour: Glenstone Museum

Join LA.IDEA|DC in a special visit to the new pavilions of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD, designed by Thomas Phifer. Participants will experience a guided tour and learn about the architecture, landscape, and art of the museum.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED and walk-ins will not be accepted. RSVP by 8/31.

About Glenstone's architecture:

To provide access to a larger portion of its collection and enhance its service to the public, Glenstone has completed a major expansion of its museum facilities and landscape. The centerpiece is a new 204,000 square-foot building, called the Pavilions, designed by Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners. The Pavilions offers an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space that will feature changing exhibitions and rooms dedicated to single-artist installations. The spaces within are illuminated almost exclusively by natural light through a series of large windows and clerestories. The building has 11 Rooms for artwork installations. Each room is unique in its proportions; some host changing exhibitions while others are purpose-built to house a particular artists’ work. The rooms are connected by a glass-enclosed passage that looks out onto an 18,000 square foot water court that is home to seasonally changing plant life.

For directions and additional information, please visit Glenstone's website.

Organized by: LA.IDEA|DC

Co-Sponsored by: Graphisoft, Porcelanosa, and EYP


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore a unique design that used materials that evoke a direct, elemental and timeless dialogue with the surrounding landscape;
  • Discuss the importance of the inter-connectivity between art, landscape and architecture;

  • Explain and identify how architectural features such as the play of light and shadow affect the display of art; and

  • Describe and summarize architectural details from one of the greatest modern art museums in the world.