Glenstone Museum

Glenstone Museum Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free.
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Glenstone Museum was established in 2006 on three fundamental elements: art, architecture and landscape. 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. In 2018, Glenstone will open The Pavilions, a new building designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners and new landscape design designed by PEP Landscape Architecture. The building will more than quadruple Glenstone’s existing gallery space. Admission to Glenstone is always free.

Now on view in Room 8: the second installation of work by Charles Ray, selected and installed in collaboration with the ...
02/13/2020

Now on view in Room 8: the second installation of work by Charles Ray, selected and installed in collaboration with the artist.

Installation view: Charles Ray, "32 x 33 x 35 = 34 x 33 x 35", 1989
© Charles Ray

We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our website, but http://visit.glenstone.org is still func...
02/01/2020
Glenstone | Glenstone

We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our website, but http://visit.glenstone.org is still functional if you would like to schedule a visit through April 30! Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Due to the fragile nature of the works on view, all visitors must be 12 or older and all minors (ages 12–17) must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Happy to close out a fantastic January by having our 301 bus partnership #featuredinwashmag alongside Ride On Montgomery...
01/31/2020
92 Hidden Attractions and Gems in Washington, DC

Happy to close out a fantastic January by having our 301 bus partnership #featuredinwashmag alongside Ride On Montgomery County Transit! 💎

“Reservations to Glenstone Museum can involve months of waiting. If you’re driving, that is. Visitors who take Ride On Bus 301 from the Rockville Metro can walk right in—no reservation needed.”

https://www.washingtonian.com/2020/01/26/92-hidden-gems-attractions-in-washington/#The-Tour-Behind-the-Tour

Leave the obvious stuff to the tourists.

We’re happy to announce that Glenstone has been nominated by the USA TODAY 10Best platform as one of the best new museum...
01/28/2020
Vote - Glenstone - Best New Museum Nominee: 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

We’re happy to announce that Glenstone has been nominated by the USA TODAY 10Best platform as one of the best new museums in the country! 🥳

Here’s the fun part: this is a readers’ choice award, and we need your vote to win!

Click the link below to vote for Glenstone (one vote per person per day), and be sure to check out the competition. We’re in very good company.

We’re humbled and grateful for the attention and recognition we’ve received in recent weeks, but we’re equally grateful to our community of visitors from around Washington, D.C. (and around the world!) for being so supportive of our unique vision and visitor experience. We hope to see you again—or for the first time—very soon.

Vote at the link below:

https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-museum/glenstone-potomac-md/

Glenstone: Vote for your favorite new museum!

Congratulations are in order again for Thomas Phifer and Partners who received the 2020 The American Institute of Archit...
01/22/2020
Architects

Congratulations are in order again for Thomas Phifer and Partners who received the 2020 The American Institute of Architects for the design of Glenstone Museum. It's been an honor to work with Tom and his team, and we're thrilled to see his work recognized by his esteemed colleagues in the architecture field.

https://www.aia.org/aia-architects

The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

Congratulations to Thomas Phifer and Partners and PWP Landscape Architecture on their recent win of “Best in Competition...
01/15/2020
2020 AIANY Design Awards — AIA New York

Congratulations to Thomas Phifer and Partners and PWP Landscape Architecture on their recent win of “Best in Competition” in the 2020 Center for Architecture (AIANY) design awards. We’re honored to be in amazing architectural company among this year’s honorees.

If you’d like to visit, we’re currently scheduling visits through March of 2020: glst.one/visitglenstone.

Or hop on the Ride On Montgomery County Transit Route 301 bus for guaranteed admission! We hope to see you soon.

AIA New York’s annual Design Awards program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York members, New York City-based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and cons...

“Artists, like gardeners, learn how to see nature… Perhaps it is those shared garden-art perceptions that make me think ...
01/09/2020
Perspective | Finding the flower bed in the firmament

“Artists, like gardeners, learn how to see nature… Perhaps it is those shared garden-art perceptions that make me think of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Md., as a place where the sky plays such an important role.”

Thank you to Adrian Higgins of the Washington Post for these wonderful reflections on the beauty of the sky in wintertime (and for the kind words about Glenstone!)

If you’d like to experience all that winter has to offer at Glenstone, including skygazing, we are now booking visits through the end of March. Click the “Book Now” button above to schedule your visit!

Why gardeners should tap into the dramatic, vivid and magical winter sky.

12/31/2019
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Happy New Year’s Eve from Glenstone!

One of our favorite memories of 2019 was hosting Abeo Quartet and Alistair Coleman to premiere “Moonshot”, a three-part composition inspired by On Kawara’s “Moon Landing” (1969), on display in Room 3 of the Pavilions.

We’re excited to send off the year by sharing this video, featuring Abeo Quartet performing “Moonshot” at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as part of #Apollo50 and the Smithsonian Year of Music!

We hope to see you at Glenstone in 2020! 🌒🚀📆

Close out the Smithsonian Year of Music and the Museum’s Year of Apollo with “Moonshot,” a musical composition which charts milestones of the Apollo 11 mission: https://s.si.edu/37mXElU

Written by Alistair Coleman and performed by the Abeo Quartet, “Moonshot” is in three movements to reflect each painting of a triptych by artist On Kawara: I. July 16, 1969, launch; II. July 20, 1969, the lunar landing; and III. July 21, 1969, the day people on Earth came together to celebrate humanity’s first steps on the Moon. The paintings are on display at Glenstone Museum.

“Moonshot” was commissioned by the Glenstone Museum and recorded at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Watch the full performance: https://s.si.edu/37mXElU

We're so pleased Montgomery Community Media enjoyed their visit here this year! Just FYI: Scheduled visits for March wil...
12/30/2019
Montgomery Community Media

We're so pleased Montgomery Community Media enjoyed their visit here this year!

Just FYI:

Scheduled visits for March will become available on January 1st at 10am. Book online at www.glenstone.org

MCM reporters are sharing their favorite stories of 2019.

We certainly enjoyed the opportunity to visit Glenstone Museum in Potomac.

12/03/2019
City Kids Wilderness Project

This #GivingTuesday, Glenstone is highlighting our visitors’ support of City Kids Wilderness Project. As part of our exhibition FEAR EATS THE SOUL by Rirkrit Tiravanija, we are operating a t-shirt factory where museum visitors can order a shirt printed with a slogan coined, borrowed, or appropriated by the artist in exchange for a donation to City Kids.

If you’re not familiar: City Kids Wilderness Project exists to build resiliency, broaden horizons, and ensure skills for success for their participants, through intensive, long-term programming using natural and wilderness settings to encourage growth for DC urban youth.

You can help a difference for DC youth by donating here: https://glst.one/2rNcL8G. (Plus, any donations made in December will be matched by Patagonia!)

City Kids Wilderness Project provides extraordinary outdoor adventures, leadership development, year-round enrichment, and academic support for DC youth

Glenstone associates recently teamed up with our neighbors, local community groups, and Montgomery County Public School ...
11/20/2019

Glenstone associates recently teamed up with our neighbors, local community groups, and Montgomery County Public School students to plant trees along the Woodland Trail. We planted over two hundred and fifty native trees, including black gum, redbud, river birch, and more. In 2019, Glenstone associates, community members, and students have planted over 1,000 trees on site. We’re well on our way to our goal of planting 4,000 total trees in the next five years. We looking forward to more tree planting in April and October of 2020!

Now on View in Room 6: Shirin Neshat, "Turbulent", 1998, Two-channel video installation.
11/14/2019

Now on View in Room 6: Shirin Neshat, "Turbulent", 1998, Two-channel video installation.

Curious about what a string quartet piece inspired by contemporary art might sound like? 🎵 Check out this recent episode...
11/01/2019
The Abeo Quartet performs Moonshot

Curious about what a string quartet piece inspired by contemporary art might sound like? 🎵 Check out this recent episode of #ClassicalBreakdown from WETA featuring interviews with Alistair Coleman and the Abeo Quartet about Alistair’s new work “Moonshot”. Alistair was inspired to write “Moonshot” after an encounter with artist On Kawara’s triptych, “Moon Landing” (1969), on display in Room 3 of the Pavilions. Hear the podcast and a performance of “Moonshot” by clicking below!

The Abeo Quartet performs Moonshot, a new work by Alistair Coleman. Alistair talks about the inspiration for this piece, and after the performance, we talk with the quartet about putting this piece together, new playing techniques, and space travel!

Last week, we hosted a panel discussion on streambed restoration as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability. To...
10/29/2019

Last week, we hosted a panel discussion on streambed restoration as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability. Topics included streambed restoration’s history and evolution, the challenges and successes of streambed restoration at Glenstone, and monitoring for restoration outcomes. A very big thank you to our panelists, Dr. David Rosgen, Sadie Drescher, Rocky Powell, and Erik Michelsen for sharing their expertise in this field, and to our Chief Sustainability Officer Paul Tukey for moderating!

Glenstone was pleased to welcome a group from the Maryland Art Education Association today as part of their annual confe...
10/18/2019

Glenstone was pleased to welcome a group from the Maryland Art Education Association today as part of their annual conference. These educators met with staff members from various Glenstone departments and learned about everything from maintaining Jeff Koons' "Split-Rocker" to art conservation!

Group photo!

Strathmore
10/11/2019

Strathmore

Art is enhanced by beautiful and unexpected surroundings! This past weekend, a young composer that is near and dear to us at Strathmore debuted his new string quartet titled “Moonshot,” commissioned by the stunning Glenstone Museum and premiered by the Abeo Quartet. The work was also recorded at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. The composer, Alistair Coleman, is a former student and intern here at Strathmore and currently studies at The Juilliard School. He’s also a member of our Bloom team, focused on community programming and making the arts available to everyone.

One year ago today, we opened the Pavilions! Thank you so much to everyone who has made our first expanded year such a s...
10/04/2019
Glenstone Museum marks one year since expansion

One year ago today, we opened the Pavilions!

Thank you so much to everyone who has made our first expanded year such a success, and thank you to ABC 7 News - WJLA for this piece on our one-year anniversary!

In Potomac, Maryland -- an oasis. Past rolling meadows, massive sculptures and an idyllic landscape, a stark contrast of modern architecture houses one of the largest privately-funded museums in the country, Glenstone Museum. It's an incredible hidden gem just outside Washington, D. C. many don't kn...

Now on view in the Gallery: FEAR EATS THE SOUL by Rirkrit TiravanijaThis immersive exhibition blurs the boundaries betwe...
09/26/2019

Now on view in the Gallery: FEAR EATS THE SOUL by Rirkrit Tiravanija

This immersive exhibition blurs the boundaries between art and life by inviting visitors to partake in a suite of activities: from eating soup with strangers to ordering a t-shirt silkscreened with phrases appropriated, borrowed, or coined by the artist in exchange for a donation to City Kids Wilderness Project.

“FEAR EATS THE SOUL” (detail), 2011 by #RirkritTiravanija, ©Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2019

Curious about Glenstone’s connections to the world of dance?Sarah L. Kaufman, dance critic for the Washington Post, shin...
08/23/2019
Glenstone’s connections to dance, now and on the horizon

Curious about Glenstone’s connections to the world of dance?

Sarah L. Kaufman, dance critic for the Washington Post, shines light on some interdisciplinary collaborations hidden in Glenstone’s collection:

Works by Pipilotti Rist, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt and others show the fluid relationship between visual and performing arts.

Glenstone recently welcomed members of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for stream monitoring on our grounds...
07/29/2019

Glenstone recently welcomed members of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for stream monitoring on our grounds. In the past few years, Glenstone has restored nearly two miles of the Greenbriar Branch and Sandy Branch Streams in an effort to regenerate habitat and improve the quality of water heading downstream to the Potomac River. This year, biologists identified more than a dozen species of fish in our streams as part of a long-term project to assess the impact of Glenstone’s watershed restoration. Visitors can learn more about our stream restoration efforts by visiting the Environmental Center (just north of the parking groves) for a self-guided experience from noon to 4.p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Last week, we welcomed students from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School to Glenstone for a tour with Thomas P...
06/13/2019

Last week, we welcomed students from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School to Glenstone for a tour with Thomas Phifer and Partners, architect of the Pavilions. These students are receiving technical training such as plumbing and electric work, skill sets needed by museums to keep our buildings running and provide the highest standard for visitor experiences. We want to make sure students know that there are more ways to work in a museum than studying art history. As always, it takes a team.

Now on view along the main path: Charles Ray, Horse and rider, 2014.#GlenstoneMuseum
06/06/2019

Now on view along the main path: Charles Ray, Horse and rider, 2014.

#GlenstoneMuseum

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06/03/2019
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The new Ellsworth Kelly Forever® stamps are available for purchase right now in the Postal Store®! Purchase yours today!

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05/16/2019
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The mandate presented the architects with a formidable task: to create something timeless, as Phifer says. He explains that the museum’s collection “will be situated in this experience for generations. Usually a museum thrives on flexibility – things going away and new things coming – but here there is a sense of permanence.”

Inside the new Glenstone Museum.

04/25/2019

As part of #earthweek, today we announced we’ll continue to guarantee entry to passengers who come to Glenstone Museum on the Ride On bus. Full details are available on our website.

04/25/2019

Today we opened our Environmental Center, a place where we can share our sustainability practices and offer ways for our visitors to adopt these habits at home. Follow along on Instagram stories to see more!

Now on view: Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled (Underpainting),” 2018 © Kerry James Marshall #KerryJamesMarshall
04/20/2019

Now on view: Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled (Underpainting),” 2018 © Kerry James Marshall #KerryJamesMarshall

Now on view: Kerry James Marshall, “Black Painting,” 2003–2006 © Kerry James Marshall #KerryJamesMarshall
04/19/2019

Now on view: Kerry James Marshall, “Black Painting,” 2003–2006 © Kerry James Marshall #KerryJamesMarshall

Now on view: Kerry James Marshall, “When Frustration Threatens Desire,” 1990 © Kerry James Marshall #KerryJamesMarshall
04/18/2019

Now on view: Kerry James Marshall, “When Frustration Threatens Desire,” 1990 © Kerry James Marshall #KerryJamesMarshall

"Research has shown that museum visitors’ encounters with art are generally brief—an average viewing time of 28.6 second...
04/06/2019
Relax and immerse yourself... the art of experiencing museums slowly

"Research has shown that museum visitors’ encounters with art are generally brief—an average viewing time of 28.6 seconds per work, according to a 2017 study by Jeffrey and Lisa Smith and Pablo Tinio at the Art Institute of Chicago. That time includes reading the label and, for 'a large percentage of visitors', taking selfies, they noted."

#SlowArtDay

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/slow-down-relax-and-immerse-yourself

Schemes such as Slow Art Day offer an alternative to life in the fast lane, away from the jostling crowds and selfie-takers

Yesterday, we planted more than 300 trees throughout 4.5 acres of our grounds with the help of local community organizat...
04/04/2019

Yesterday, we planted more than 300 trees throughout 4.5 acres of our grounds with the help of local community organizations including @poolesvillegreen. These new trees are part of our tree succession plan (replacing trees that are lost during storms and through natural transition) that will help to offer a serene and contemplative visitor experience to everyone who comes to Glenstone.

The trees are all native and consist of a mixture of American Beech, Shagbark Hickory, Chestnut Oak, Swamp White Oak, Red Maple, Black Gum, Hophornbeam, Serviceberry species.

We’ve made our first installation changes since opening the Pavilions last year. Now on view: “Spectrum IX,” 2014 and “U...
03/21/2019

We’ve made our first installation changes since opening the Pavilions last year. Now on view: “Spectrum IX,” 2014 and “Untitled,” 1996 by Ellsworth Kelly.

Photo: Ellsworth Kelly, “Spectrum IX,” 2014 © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

Hauser & Wirth
03/11/2019

Hauser & Wirth

In his design for the 2018 expansion of Glenstone Museum, architect Thomas Phifer and Partners created skylighted but largely windowless gallery pavilions, customized to the long-term display of work by a single artist—Louise Bourgeois, Michael Heizer, Roni Horn, Brice Marden, Cy Twombly, Lygia Pape, Pipilotti Rist and others. Visitors move between the pavilion rooms in tunnel-like passageways and around a glassy cloister surrounding the water garden.

Read about Thomas Phifer’s explorations of architecture for art in Ursula: Issue 1: http://bit.ly/2F16k61

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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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