Glenstone Museum

Glenstone Museum Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free. Scheduled visits required.

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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Learn about organic and sustainable lawncare from our Director of Environmental Stewardship, Paul Tukey! This Sunday, Oc...
10/14/2021
Saving the Earth, One Lawn at a Time

Learn about organic and sustainable lawncare from our Director of Environmental Stewardship, Paul Tukey! This Sunday, October 17 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Paul will be hosting Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake's event “Saving the Earth, One Lawn at a Time.” Paul will discuss his work at Glenstone and the ways in which organic lawns can be beautiful­, both in appearance and in the way they demonstrate our love and concern for the world around us. Organic lawns support wildlife, are safer for our families and pets walking around on the grass, and fight climate change. The event will be hosted on Zoom and offered on Facebook Live as well. The event is free, but you must register here, https://lnkd.in/eHn_62D3 to receive the Zoom link.

A special conversation with sustainability leader, Paul Tukey, Director of Environmental Stewardship at Glenstone Museum. Learn the secrets of making a beautiful, safe, and healthy lawn with less mowing, less watering, and less fertilizing!

Change is in the air at Glenstone. As we move into October, the days have been noticeably crisper and shorter. While aut...
10/11/2021

Change is in the air at Glenstone. As we move into October, the days have been noticeably crisper and shorter. While autumn has most decidedly arrived, plant and animal life are still abundant throughout our grounds. The lavender-colored flowers of American aster dot the meadows, and many trees still have their bright summer leaves. Year round, rain has a transformative effect on the grounds, especially in our Water Court. This week some amphibian friends hopped beyond their usual haunts to explore the rain slicked glass of the Pavilions. We jump at any chance to see these fascinating frog faces up close. We’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

09/28/2021
Glenn Ligon on “Warm Broad Glow II”, 2011

“Black joy exists now and historically, despite the history of this country. There is such a thing as ‘negro sunshine,’ ‘negro joy,’ ‘Black joy.’”—Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon’s text-based works draw on literary passages and speeches of 20th Century cultural figures. “Warm Broad Glow II” (2011), on view in the Passage, reads “negro sunshine,” a phrase Ligon discovered in Gertrude Stein’s novella, “Three Lives”: “Rose laughed when she was happy but she had not the wide, abandoned laughter that makes the warm broad glow of negro sunshine.”

In this video, Ligon discusses both the origins of “Warm Broad Glow II” and his practice more broadly, touching on his process and how a fabricator once answered him when Glenn asked, “Can you make a black neon?”

Even on a gray day, Jeff Koons' “Split Rocker”, 2000 provides a pop of color in the landscape. One of our favorite thing...
09/27/2021

Even on a gray day, Jeff Koons' “Split Rocker”, 2000 provides a pop of color in the landscape. One of our favorite things about fall is the purple top that takes over the meadows. Even in autumn, pollinators, like bumblebees and butterflies, flock to the purple flowers of the field thistle that is blooming all over the grounds. Misty days are the perfect time to reflect on the soft sounds of the forest and streams at Glenstone. Finally, we had a very special visitor by the Woodland Trail at the end of last week, a beautifully patterned box turtle. What a good reminder to slow down and appreciate the splendor of nature. We’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

09/24/2021
Hank Willis Thomas on Speaking to the Future

“When we make art, we’re actually speaking to the future.” Hank Willis Thomas reflects on the longevity of an artist’s work in this video celebrating the Faith Ringgold exhibition at Glenstone, on view for one more month in the Gallery.

This week, we noticed some autumnal changes to the grounds here at Glenstone. Our meadow has taken on a golden glow as c...
09/20/2021

This week, we noticed some autumnal changes to the grounds here at Glenstone. Our meadow has taken on a golden glow as certain plants have started to show their fall colors. Heavy rainfall in the last few weeks has had a noticeable effect on our streams. We were lucky enough to see a shy luna moth one morning this week. This pale green visitor gets its name from the moon-like spots on its wings, called eye-spots. The luna moth isn’t the only thing we spotted this week with a lunar name—light purple jimsonw**d, or moon flower, is blooming by the Woodland Trail. Finally, we love the many textures different plants lend our meadow—we’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

Now on view in Room 6 of the Pavilions: Arthur JafaThis is the first solo presentation in the Washington, D.C., area of ...
09/16/2021

Now on view in Room 6 of the Pavilions: Arthur Jafa

This is the first solo presentation in the Washington, D.C., area of works by #ArthurJafa, an artist best known for his films incorporating powerful montages of found images and videos that reference the pain, beauty, and creativity inherent in Black American life. Jafa’s presentation in Room 6 brings together a variety of modes and mediums central to the artist’s practice, including film, sculpture, and photography.

Above:

Arthur Jafa
“Big Wheel IV”, 2018
“akingdoncomethas”, 2018
© Arthur Jafa

Now on view in Room 6 of the Pavilions: Arthur Jafa

This is the first solo presentation in the Washington, D.C., area of works by #ArthurJafa, an artist best known for his films incorporating powerful montages of found images and videos that reference the pain, beauty, and creativity inherent in Black American life. Jafa’s presentation in Room 6 brings together a variety of modes and mediums central to the artist’s practice, including film, sculpture, and photography.

Above:

Arthur Jafa
“Big Wheel IV”, 2018
“akingdoncomethas”, 2018
© Arthur Jafa

Early September means cooler days here at Glenstone, but our grounds are still bursting with life. This week we’ve notic...
09/13/2021

Early September means cooler days here at Glenstone, but our grounds are still bursting with life. This week we’ve noticed many insects buzzing around, including lots of pollinators visiting our flowering plants. Look closely at the milkw**d and you may notice striped monarch caterpillars. Monarch butterflies, in their annual migration, undergo four successive generations: the monarchs that are caterpillars in September and October are the third generation of monarchs that we’ve seen this year in Maryland. Other butterflies flock to the purple blooms of ironw**d that grow along the Woodland Trail. In the Water Court, purple pickerelw**d extends upward, sprinkling pops of color throughout aquatic plants. We ended the week with our waterlilies soaking up the last of the summer heat —we’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

Now on-view in the Passage of the Pavilions: Isa Genzken, "Hemd/Jacke [Shirt/Jacket]", 1998 Isa Genzken"Hemd/Jacke", 199...
09/09/2021

Now on-view in the Passage of the Pavilions: Isa Genzken, "Hemd/Jacke [Shirt/Jacket]", 1998


Isa Genzken
"Hemd/Jacke", 1998
18 shirts and jackets, mixed media
dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist, Galerie Buchholz Cologne/Berlin/New York and Hauser & Wirth
© 2021 Isa Genzken, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Late summer sun has been soaking the grounds of Glenstone this week. In our Water Court, violet thalia are blooming. In ...
09/07/2021

Late summer sun has been soaking the grounds of Glenstone this week. In our Water Court, violet thalia are blooming. In the meadows, purple coneflower adds another splash of color to our grounds. Down by the Woodland Trail, pink blossomed Joe Pye w**d and russet cattail make their home in the alluvial soil on the banks of our streams. The Sandy Branch Stream and the Greenbriar Branch Stream converge on the south end of Glenstone, continuing as the Sandy Branch stream until it reaches the Potomac River. Nearby, golden sunshine breaks through the forest canopy. Afternoon thundershowers make for some dramatic cloud breaks — the perfect backdrop for this green heron flying high above the main path. We’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

09/03/2021
Amani Lewis on Connecting with a Painting

“Art is a way to have access to those stories”. In this clip, artist, Amani Lewis discusses the impact Faith Ringgold’s work and storytelling has had on their practice and the effect it can have on a viewer.

This week we are following the flight of a red-spotted purple butterfly around our grounds to get a close-up look at the...
08/30/2021

This week we are following the flight of a red-spotted purple butterfly around our grounds to get a close-up look at the plants growing here. Up first is this flowering spurge, the white “petals” you see are actually modified leaves (called bracts) that attract pollinators to the tiny flowers in the center of the cup. In our meadows, the soft, downy fibers of the milkw**d seed pod are a sure sign of late summer. This plant is an essential part of the monarch butterfly’s lifecycle and other species flock to this pollinator friendly plant. Many delicate plants make up the understory on our Woodland Trail, which is the layer of plants beneath the forest canopy. Above, the leaves of a pawpaw tree provide a shady respite for our butterfly; can you see the pawpaw fruit ripening between the leaves? Our flight ends on this mountain mint, a perfect place to sip some nectar with a bumblebee—we’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

08/24/2021
Hank Willis Thomas on Faith Ringgold

“The most brilliant artists, I believe, are in very excited dialogue with future generations.” - Hank Willis Thomas

With two months left before ‘Faith Ringgold’ closes, we’re re-sharing our video of Hank Willis Thomas reflecting on Faith's impact on his artistic practice. In this video, Hank Willis Thomas shares how his own work, like Faith’s, poses “essential questions that cannot be answered neatly.”

The sun is shining brightly on the lilies in our water court during these hot August days. Black-eyed Susans and other n...
08/23/2021

The sun is shining brightly on the lilies in our water court during these hot August days. Black-eyed Susans and other native flowers provide pops of color between the green grasses of the meadow. Look closely and you might see a butterfly soaking up some sunshine on a rattlesnake master or one of the other pollinator-friendly plants that grow there. Winding through the trees, our boardwalk leads to cooler climes on the shaded Woodland Trail. This is the home of many delicate wildflowers, like the violet spiderwort. The week closed with a few dewdrops left untouched by the summer sun. We’ll see you next week with more updates from our grounds!

This week, we rose with the spiders hard at work stringing webs between leaves- some even collected rain drops. We notic...
08/16/2021

This week, we rose with the spiders hard at work stringing webs between leaves- some even collected rain drops. We noticed the morning mist lingering over Tony Smith’s “Smug”, 1973-2006, while some of our favorite pollinators- the bees and butterflies- stopped by the black-eyed Susan’s and the mountain mint popping up throughout the meadows. The week ended, with the sun setting on Jeff Koons’ “Split-Rocker", 2000, looking out over the meadows as they stroll down the main path. We will see you next week with more grounds updates!

08/14/2021
Amani Lewis on Faith Ringgold

“Faith Ringgold [is] radically Black. Every piece has our life, our experiences, our joy, our pain. Everything. It is us. Art is a way to have access to those stories.” -Amani Lewis



As part of our Faith Ringgold exhibition, we asked artists to comment on Faith's practice and influence. In this video, artist (and former Glenstone Guide!) Amani Lewis shares their thoughts on Ringgold’s art and its connections with their own paintings practice.

What an amazing month of MCPS Summer RISE!   As part of our community engagement, Glenstone was proud to once again host...
08/06/2021

What an amazing month of MCPS Summer RISE!

As part of our community engagement, Glenstone was proud to once again host Montgomery County Public Schools Summer RISE program for the month of July. The program gives students the opportunity to participate in hands-on-learning opportunities related to their field of interest. This summer, we hosted two rising seniors and a rising junior as they embarked on their professional journeys and explored potential career paths within their interests.

Images: Maggie, rising senior from Thomas S. Wootton High School, works with Conservation Fellow Austin in our Archives; Noah, rising senior from Quince Orchard High School, and Leo, rising junior from Walter Johnson High School, visit our new building designed as a collaboration between Richard Serra and Thomas Phifer and Partners.

UPDATED 8/10: We have received an exceptionally enthusiastic response to our recently introduced program of extended sum...
08/02/2021

UPDATED 8/10: We have received an exceptionally enthusiastic response to our recently introduced program of extended summer hours.

Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all scheduled visitors. All visitors must be registered and must arrive at the scheduled time. We have limited parking space, and parking along the side of Glen Road is not permitted. We strongly encourage carpooling and taking the @rideonmct bus (route 301).

We hope to see you soon!

ORIGINAL: We are thrilled to share three options for guaranteed entry to Glenstone beginning this Thursday, August 5:

Students 12 and older, active-duty military personnel, and museum professionals now enjoy guaranteed admission to Glenstone Museum for themselves and one guest. Simply present a valid identification card at the Arrival Hall for entry during regular operating hours.

Any visitor arriving to the museum on the route 301 bus is guaranteed admission to the museum as part of our partnership with Ride On Montgomery County Transit. The bus stops at Glenstone more than 10 times each day, and a full schedule is available on MCDOT’s website.

Through September 5, we are offering extended summer hours with guaranteed entry from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.! Schedule a special extended summer hours visit through the website. Visitors can enjoy the Gallery (including the Faith Ringgold exhibition), the Patio, and the grounds until 7 p.m. The Pavilions and Café will close at their normal times.

UPDATED 8/10: We have received an exceptionally enthusiastic response to our recently introduced program of extended summer hours.

Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all scheduled visitors. All visitors must be registered and must arrive at the scheduled time. We have limited parking space, and parking along the side of Glen Road is not permitted. We strongly encourage carpooling and taking the @rideonmct bus (route 301).

We hope to see you soon!

ORIGINAL: We are thrilled to share three options for guaranteed entry to Glenstone beginning this Thursday, August 5:

Students 12 and older, active-duty military personnel, and museum professionals now enjoy guaranteed admission to Glenstone Museum for themselves and one guest. Simply present a valid identification card at the Arrival Hall for entry during regular operating hours.

Any visitor arriving to the museum on the route 301 bus is guaranteed admission to the museum as part of our partnership with Ride On Montgomery County Transit. The bus stops at Glenstone more than 10 times each day, and a full schedule is available on MCDOT’s website.

Through September 5, we are offering extended summer hours with guaranteed entry from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.! Schedule a special extended summer hours visit through the website. Visitors can enjoy the Gallery (including the Faith Ringgold exhibition), the Patio, and the grounds until 7 p.m. The Pavilions and Café will close at their normal times.

The dog days of summer tend to bring about a second wave of blooms! This week, we enjoyed a profusion of spotted horsemi...
07/27/2021

The dog days of summer tend to bring about a second wave of blooms! This week, we enjoyed a profusion of spotted horsemint and mountain mint all over the grounds. Pollinators like butterflies, moths, and bees enjoyed them, too. Rattlesnake master seemed to be a another welcome spot to rest for our multi-legged visitors. “Split-Rocker", 2000 by Jeff Koons was in fine form this week, and looked on over the meadow while late summer grasses filled in. We also spotted visitors surrounded by the meadows as they strolled down the main path.

We are thrilled to share that we are installing a new, large-scale work by Richard Serra!🎉 One of the artist’s most rece...
07/12/2021

We are thrilled to share that we are installing a new, large-scale work by Richard Serra!🎉

One of the artist’s most recent sculptures will be housed in a concrete building, opening in spring/summer of next year, designed and developed as a collaboration between Richard Serra and Thomas Phifer, architect of the Pavilions at Glenstone. The structure will sit on the eastern side of our grounds, just across Greenbriar Stream from the existing Woodland trail. This expanded portion of the landscape features a boardwalk and site design by Adam Greenspan of PWP Landscape Architecture. We are excited to share this new building and installation with our visitors in 2022!

Did you catch us yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning? Their segment, "Faith Ringgold's art of fearlessness and joy" featured...
07/12/2021
Faith Ringgold's art of fearlessness and joy

Did you catch us yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning? Their segment, "Faith Ringgold's art of fearlessness and joy" featured works from our current exhibition, "Faith Ringgold", and an interview with our director and co-founder, Emily Rales, on Faith's incredible work.

From CBS:
Ninety-year-old artist Faith Ringgold is best-known for her story quilts – a patchwork of lush, colorful and daring images with a story written right onto the fabric. Correspondent Nancy Giles talks with Ringgold, who for decades refused to bow to convention during her career, as she stitched a vibrant tapestry of art, history and social commentary, currently featured in an exhibition at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/faith-ringgolds-art-of-fearlessness-and-joy/#x

Ninety-year-old artist Faith Ringgold is best-known for her story quilts – a patchwork of lush, colorful and daring images with a story written right onto the fabric. Correspondent Nancy Giles talks with Ringgold, who for decades refused to bow to convention during her career, as she stitched a vi...

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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.

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Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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(301) 983-5001

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We had a such a great visit! Thank you!!
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Can any Glenstone Museum fans refer me to secondary sites where I can donate or request unused museum tickets? I've had unused tickets in the past and had no luck reserving morning tickets for heat-sensitive seniors during the June ticket release. Thanks for any information!
On behalf of the Emergency Dept at Shady Grove Medical Center- Thank you so much for reserving tickets for our staff to visit these beautiful grounds and art exhibits. My family had a great visit yesterday
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!