Glenstone Museum

Glenstone Museum Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free. Scheduled visits required.
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Glenstone Museum was established in 2006 on three fundamental elements: art, architecture and nature. We pursue artworks of the highest quality from post-World War II artists and display theme in a serene and contemplative environment. The museum is set on a 230-acre former foxhunting estate and includes exhibition space designed by the late architect Charles Gwathmey and outdoor sculpture tours.

Glenstone Museum was established in 2006 on three fundamental elements: art, architecture and nature. We pursue artworks of the highest quality from post-World War II artists and display theme in a serene and contemplative environment. The museum is set on a 230-acre former foxhunting estate and includes exhibition space designed by the late architect Charles Gwathmey and outdoor sculpture tours.

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Your weekly grounds updates: Strong winds and spring rains came and went as temperatures fluctuated into the high eighti...
05/02/2021

Your weekly grounds updates: Strong winds and spring rains came and went as temperatures fluctuated into the high eighties! This week, a sunset cast the Pavilions and meadows in pink and gold light, while winds created patterned ripples on the Water Court’s surface. A few flying ducks visited the pond along our woodland trail, while a fox family continued to call Glenstone home. New copper beech leaves add flourishes the landscape and a few wild onions are on the verge of blooming. We'll be back next week with more updates on our grounds!

Updates from our grounds! As the weather returns to warmer temperatures, we welcomed a few new friends to Glenstone, and...
04/25/2021

Updates from our grounds! As the weather returns to warmer temperatures, we welcomed a few new friends to Glenstone, and spring continues to display its vibrant colors.

This week we noticed the reflection of crisp blue skies in the Pavilions Water Court, forest ferns unfurling, and an abundance of activity from new fox family members.

Azaleas catch our attention with magenta flowers, red columbine shows off its red and yellow bell flowers, and white fothergilla displays its unusual, but intriguing fuzzy-looking bloom.

Stay tuned to see what spring brings next week!

04/20/2021
Enjoy the View from Room 7

It's Earth Week, and we're appreciating the beauty of the natural world! Need a moment of peace today? We've got you covered - join us as we stream from the bench of Room 7 in the Pavilions and let your mind wander.

We are back this week with updates from our grounds!Blooming redbud trees line our front entrance and welcome visitors w...
04/18/2021

We are back this week with updates from our grounds!

Blooming redbud trees line our front entrance and welcome visitors with vibrant bursts of magenta while spring storms conjure dramatic visual conversations between the sky and the Pavilions’ walls. Crabapple trees and Virginia bluebells add dynamic flares of pink and purple to the landscape above our heads and by our feet.

Our trees are breaking bud and blooming all over the grounds, changing the sweeping vistas of bare-limbed winter into an experience of discovery as we walk along paths re-lined with foliage. Spring growth can inspire different perspectives and generate new experiences of Glenstone’s art, architecture, and nature. We hope the following week allows you to appreciate the changes in the world around you!

We are back with your weekly updates from our grounds! This week was filled with activity! Not only did we open the exhi...
04/11/2021

We are back with your weekly updates from our grounds!

This week was filled with activity! Not only did we open the exhibition “Faith Ringgold” in the Gallery, but it seems that we also had an increase in visitors, particularly those of the heron variety. As weather continues to warm, birds that traveled south for winter make their way north, and we are happy to offer Glenstone as a seasonal home.

We also observed a few early dandelions as more green crept into the meadows and trees surrounding Richard Serra’s “Contour 290,” 2004, reminding us that summer is just around the corner!

Until then, Virginia bluebells, redbud trees, and golden groundsel continue to sprinkle vibrant color into our landscape.

We’ll be back next week with more updates!

Your weekly grounds update is here! This week, we enjoyed warmer days and dazzling nights. Recent growth has created new...
04/04/2021

Your weekly grounds update is here! This week, we enjoyed warmer days and dazzling nights. Recent growth has created new conversations between Ellsworth Kelly's "Untitled," 2005 and local flora, and a few fantastic evenings have left Tony Smith’s “Smug,” 1973/2005 illuminated by gold and purple light. The birds on campus welcome visitors with coos, warbles, and chirps and the subtle, sweet smell of hyacinths and star magnolias waft through the air. Much like cherry blossoms this time of year, the landscape at Glenstone changes fast. We hope the following week grants you space to see, hear, and smell the changes taking place in the natural world around you.

04/02/2021
"Faith Ringgold" Exhibition Preview

Next Thursday, we will open “Faith Ringgold” in the Gallery. Check out this video for a preview of the exhibition.

Over the course of six decades, American artist, author, and activist Faith Ringgold (b. 1930) has worked in a variety of media and modes—from quilts and paintings to performance and children’s books—to depict the beauty and complexity of the African American experience.

“Faith Ringgold” is a survey exhibition organized by @serpentineuk, London. More than 70 works on view highlight the artist’s range and include paintings, story quilts, and political posters, and feature nine works from Glenstone’s collection.

Artwork © Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

Here are our weekly updates from Glenstone’s grounds! On Monday, we announced our plans to open the special exhibition F...
03/28/2021

Here are our weekly updates from Glenstone’s grounds!

On Monday, we announced our plans to open the special exhibition Faith Ringgold in the Gallery on April 8 and all indoor art spaces by May 6. As if right on cue, a sunset cast a welcoming glow on our Pavilions’ Water Court – a serendipitous sign from the natural world ushering in a new season and new phases of re-opening. This week also brought a spring mix of heavy rains and warm sunshine. We noticed several new textures across the landscape such as blue speedwell peppered through the grass, sprouting irises in new puddles, and the soothing ripples of high waters. While some signs of winter remain, daffodils continue to add vibrant pops of yellow. We hope you can take a moment this week to look for new growth and promising signs in the world around you!

One week has passed since a killing spree in Atlanta took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women.We mus...
03/24/2021

One week has passed since a killing spree in Atlanta took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women.

We must not let this violence fade from memory. We must not allow the continuing onslaught of more recent massacres and other acts of hate numb us into forgetting or stun us into passivity.

One week after the Atlanta murders, our community at Glenstone Museum pauses to remember. As we do so, we reaffirm our commitment to stand for humanity and against all forms of misogyny, xenophobia, and racism, including anti-Asian hate.

We will insist on remembering, and on raising our voices, until the values inherent in our organization, and in our hearts, are recognized everywhere.

One week has passed since a killing spree in Atlanta took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women.

We must not let this violence fade from memory. We must not allow the continuing onslaught of more recent massacres and other acts of hate numb us into forgetting or stun us into passivity.

One week after the Atlanta murders, our community at Glenstone Museum pauses to remember. As we do so, we reaffirm our commitment to stand for humanity and against all forms of misogyny, xenophobia, and racism, including anti-Asian hate.

We will insist on remembering, and on raising our voices, until the values inherent in our organization, and in our hearts, are recognized everywhere.

We’re re-opening our indoor art spaces! 🎉 Read on for details:- The Gallery will open on April 8 with a traveling exhibi...
03/23/2021

We’re re-opening our indoor art spaces! 🎉 Read on for details:

- The Gallery will open on April 8 with a traveling exhibition of work by Faith Ringgold. (We’re the first and only U.S. stop!)
- The Pavilions will open on May 6 featuring new installations of work by Glenn Ligon in the Passage and Tacita Dean in Room 1
- Visits for May and June will be available on our website on April 1 at 10am. We will continue to release tickets on the 1st of the month for the 2nd month out (July visits on May 1; August visits on June 1, etc.)
- Visitors who had visits cancelled for November, December, and January will receive an email today about priority rebooking – please reach out to us at [email protected] if you need assistance
- Scheduled visits are required (our @RideonMCT program that guarantees entry remains suspended until further notice, but the bus will stop at Glenstone for scheduled visitors as part of its regular route)
- Outdoor dining will be available at the Patio
- Visitors must always wear masks and stay at least six feet apart from different households/groups
- The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and associates will always be our top priorities and a full list of safety measures is available on our website
- As always, admission is free

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Updates from Glenstone’s grounds! It’s official! Spring is here, and with the new season our meadows got their annual tr...
03/21/2021

Updates from Glenstone’s grounds! It’s official! Spring is here, and with the new season our meadows got their annual trim. Yearly mowing lets sunlight down to the smaller and younger plants and prevents our meadows from overgrowing, and from becoming forests in the long run. We also welcomed sights of yellow daffodils, maples red blooms, and a red fox who appeared to be unbothered by our signage. Signs of spring can also be heard! This week the cacophonous chirping of frogs floating in vernal pools could be made out all around the grounds. We hope the next week grants you time to pause and listen to the sounds of spring.

One of our artworks has flown the coop – permanently!Today is the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the National Gal...
03/17/2021

One of our artworks has flown the coop – permanently!

Today is the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the National Gallery of Art, and we’re turning our loan of Katharina Fritsch’s “Hahn/Cock” into a permanent gift in honor of the occasion and the resilience of the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic! Roosters have long been symbols of regeneration, awakening, and strength, and we hope this gift brings all of these and more to the Gallery’s visitors.

A very happy birthday to you, National Gallery of Art! We’re so thrilled that “Hahn/Cock” found this roost, and we can’t wait to visit the smiles, selfies, and joy that our big, blue friend inspires for years to come. 💙

One of our artworks has flown the coop – permanently!

Today is the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the National Gallery of Art, and we’re turning our loan of Katharina Fritsch’s “Hahn/Cock” into a permanent gift in honor of the occasion and the resilience of the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic! Roosters have long been symbols of regeneration, awakening, and strength, and we hope this gift brings all of these and more to the Gallery’s visitors.

A very happy birthday to you, National Gallery of Art! We’re so thrilled that “Hahn/Cock” found this roost, and we can’t wait to visit the smiles, selfies, and joy that our big, blue friend inspires for years to come. 💙

Announcing: “Faith Ringgold”, opening this spring.“After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believ...
03/08/2021

Announcing: “Faith Ringgold”, opening this spring.

“After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believe was that I, a Black woman, could pe*****te the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my Blackness or my femaleness or my humanity.” — #FaithRinggold

We’re thrilled to announce that we will host a major traveling exhibition of work by Faith Ringgold this spring. The exhibition, which originated at Serpentine Galleries and stopped at Bildmuseet, includes more than 70 works.

Faith Ringgold has worked in a variety of media over the course of her six-decade career, including quilting, painting, performance, and sculpture. The works on view at Glenstone emphasize the artist’s range and her incomparable ability to focus the act of artmaking into a critical agent of social change.

Pictured here is one of Ringgold’s famed story quilt paintings “The American Collection #6: The Flag is Bleeding #2”, 1997, a work from Glenstone’s collection. Throughout her practice, Ringgold has used the flag motif in myriad ways to express frustration over the exclusion of diverse voices and artists from the canon of art history.

We are excited to share more about Faith Ringgold’s life, work, and activism in the coming weeks and months!

Want to know more about Faith? Tell us what you want to hear more about in the comments!

Faith Ringgold
“The American Collection #6: The Flag is Bleeding #2”, 1997
© 2021 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

Announcing: “Faith Ringgold”, opening this spring.

“After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believe was that I, a Black woman, could pe*****te the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my Blackness or my femaleness or my humanity.” — #FaithRinggold

We’re thrilled to announce that we will host a major traveling exhibition of work by Faith Ringgold this spring. The exhibition, which originated at Serpentine Galleries and stopped at Bildmuseet, includes more than 70 works.

Faith Ringgold has worked in a variety of media over the course of her six-decade career, including quilting, painting, performance, and sculpture. The works on view at Glenstone emphasize the artist’s range and her incomparable ability to focus the act of artmaking into a critical agent of social change.

Pictured here is one of Ringgold’s famed story quilt paintings “The American Collection #6: The Flag is Bleeding #2”, 1997, a work from Glenstone’s collection. Throughout her practice, Ringgold has used the flag motif in myriad ways to express frustration over the exclusion of diverse voices and artists from the canon of art history.

We are excited to share more about Faith Ringgold’s life, work, and activism in the coming weeks and months!

Want to know more about Faith? Tell us what you want to hear more about in the comments!

Faith Ringgold
“The American Collection #6: The Flag is Bleeding #2”, 1997
© 2021 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

Updates from our grounds! As the weather returns to warmer temperatures, we spotted a few glimpses of seasonal changes. ...
03/07/2021

Updates from our grounds! As the weather returns to warmer temperatures, we spotted a few glimpses of seasonal changes. This week we noticed a milieu of giant hyssops reminding us that the butterflies will soon arrive; we also saw the witch hazel on campus beginning to bloom, a western bluebird settling among the groves, and a weathered sycamore tree against “Contour 290”, reminding us that time is intentional, and that the nature, art, and architecture of Glenstone are ready for Spring!

Today, we’re saying thank you to our incredible associates and staff members! Nothing we do would run without you all. E...
03/05/2021

Today, we’re saying thank you to our incredible associates and staff members! Nothing we do would run without you all. Everything that makes Glenstone special is a result of your hard work, dedication, and innovation in what you do. To all our employees across our many staff departments: thank you! #EmployeeAppreciationDay

(Just a note: some of these photos of our fabulous associates predate the current public health and safety measures!)

Your weekly grounds updates from Glenstone: Snow and ice came and went this week as temperatures fluctuated up to sixty ...
02/28/2021

Your weekly grounds updates from Glenstone: Snow and ice came and went this week as temperatures fluctuated up to sixty degrees! We had plenty of geese visit, but we didn’t have time to chat with them. Instead, we spent our time preparing to welcome humans back when we reopen the grounds on March 4th! Finally, golden hour left us grateful for the beauty of the natural world. We hope that your week ahead features some time to find retreat in the natural world.

While the museum is closed to the public, we’re posting reflections from our Guides on their experiences of Glenstone. T...
02/25/2021

While the museum is closed to the public, we’re posting reflections from our Guides on their experiences of Glenstone. Today’s, from Emily, is about how, while they may not know it, our visitors often give us as much to think about as we (hopefully) give them.

“One of my favorite spaces at Glenstone is Room 11. For me, that space has an incredibly calming and almost nostalgic feeling. It is also a space where I feel extremely close to the artist, as though Twombly himself is present in his works. The room presents five sculptures by Cy Twombly spanning 40 years of his life as he split time in the United States and Italy. One day, a visitor entered the room, spent some time reading the wall label, and wordlessly stared at the two sculptures at the front the room for a while. These two works, 'Untitled', 1952 and 'Thicket', 1992, are 40 years apart in creation.

Eventually, the visitor said ‘I’m just realizing that no matter how much time passes, there is something at the core of our being that begins when we are children that never goes away. No matter what we go through, it’s always there.’

He said this almost more to himself than to me and thanked me as he left. I was a bit grateful he chose to leave when he did as I was feeling a little teary-eyed, but I have never stopped thinking about that interaction.”

While the museum is closed to the public, we’re posting reflections from our Guides on their experiences of Glenstone. Today’s, from Emily, is about how, while they may not know it, our visitors often give us as much to think about as we (hopefully) give them.

“One of my favorite spaces at Glenstone is Room 11. For me, that space has an incredibly calming and almost nostalgic feeling. It is also a space where I feel extremely close to the artist, as though Twombly himself is present in his works. The room presents five sculptures by Cy Twombly spanning 40 years of his life as he split time in the United States and Italy. One day, a visitor entered the room, spent some time reading the wall label, and wordlessly stared at the two sculptures at the front the room for a while. These two works, 'Untitled', 1952 and 'Thicket', 1992, are 40 years apart in creation.

Eventually, the visitor said ‘I’m just realizing that no matter how much time passes, there is something at the core of our being that begins when we are children that never goes away. No matter what we go through, it’s always there.’

He said this almost more to himself than to me and thanked me as he left. I was a bit grateful he chose to leave when he did as I was feeling a little teary-eyed, but I have never stopped thinking about that interaction.”

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12100 Glen RD
Potomac, MD
20854

The Ride On bus will make seven stops a day in each direction on the 301 route. The route includes a stop at the red line’s Rockville metro station. To learn more about the schedule, visit www.rideonbus.com.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(301) 983-5001

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Glenstone's system for tickets is horrific. I have tried for over a year now to get tickets and been on at the exact time (10am) to book but everything is taken by the time I go to complete the transaction yet I know others who have gone more then once. Hard to complain because this is a free museum but it seems like certain people are being rewarded and others not
Is Glenstone one of the buildings in this video? https://www.instagram.com/p/CKzcDIxFI4n/?igshid=iuildrq5jj98
Does anyone by chance have 2 visitors passes (tickets) to Glenstone today (9/6) they are not using?
Looking for 2 tickets for this weekend Friday, Sat or Sunday. Please DM if you have and want taken off your hands!
A unique museum which is free and will especially appeal to the avant garde. Warning: it is not handicapped-friendly, and I would not recommend it to those in manual wheelchairs or using a walker because the paths are gravel which is very difficult with assistive devices. There are what they call carts, but are really minibuses, to get you part way from the Arrival Hall to the buildings, but there is a gravel path to where you get them, and about a block length uphill from where they drop you off to the buildings. You will also miss much of the outdoor experience, which is integral to the museum.
When will the next batch of tickets become available? Thanks!
anyone have two tickets to the Glenstone Museum? ill pay! please~ i stayed up for free tickets and didn't get any 😣😞
So fortunate to visit on the family and friends preview and will be there opening day! What a stunning design and way to showcase gorgeous artwork and incredible views. Glenstone is a magical place. Kudos to the owners, architects and curators!
What are you building on the “Eisinger Property?”..... when is completion?.... thx
Wheat are you building in the “Eisinger Property?”..... when will it be finished?... thx