We are happy to present ARLIS/NA 2014 Conference attendees a number of behind-the-scenes, “off the beaten track,” and some free (yes, FREE!) tour options. A few tours are even within walking distance of the hotel. The free tours will fill up quickly, so register early!

See tours in SCHED here.

Full Day Tours

Part Day Tours

  • Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens: discover the fabulous estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955 which includes the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, including over 400 chalices and a collection of Faberge that includes an Imperial Easter Egg, and an impressive 19th century decorative arts collection.

  • Cemeteries: Two famous DC cemeteries will be featured on this tour. The Congressional Cemetery includes such highlights as Benjamin Latrobe’s cenotaphs, the tombstone of John Philip Sousa, the giant catalog card tombstone of current Library of Congress reference specialist Thomas Mann, and the Lummi 9/11 memorial totem poles. The Oak Hill Cemetery, tucked into the Georgetown hillside, was built in 1848 under the direction of William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

  • Federal Reserve Board and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State: View fine and decorative art collections at two major government departments.

Free Tours

  • Glenstone: iconic paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, installations, and multimedia works by post-World War II artists.

  • Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State: View a collection of early 18th and 19th century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts.

  • Archives of American Art: Reference archivist Elizabeth Botten will give a sneak peek her exhibition Artists and their Models; Head of Information Systems Karen Weiss will give a tour of digitization equipment and workflow within the Archives, and Archivist Erin Kinhart will talk about collections processing practices.

  • National Gallery of Art Conservation Labs: get a behind-the-scenes tour of the labs focusing on paintings, works on paper, photographs, textiles, and sculpture.

  • Folger Shakespeare Library: Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in 2014, the Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials.

  • Capitol Building tour: Although tours of the Capitol are available daily, this tour of the United States Capitol Building will include additional areas that are not part of the standard Capitol tour. Highlights will include the recently restored Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol.