Explore the Artistic History of Washington, DC

The Trustees of Reservations invites you to join them for an exceptional opportunity to explore the art of Washington D.C. and its surroundings. This program will be led by Jessica May (VP, Art and Exhibitions, and Artistic Director, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park at The Trustees of Reservations) and will survey the region's rich artistic history, with an emphasis on outdoor spaces, parks, and gardens. We will explore foundational institutions and historic house museums, as well as contemporary art spaces with visits to world-class private collections and new private museums.

Highlights of this program include a curator-guided tour and welcome from Director Melissa Chiu at the Hirshhorn Museum, with a focus on the temporary exhibition and sculpture garden, redesigned by Hiroshi Sugimoto. The Glenstone Foundation is a sculpture-focused private museum owned by Mitchell and Emily Rales, the visit will focus on sculpture and their effortless approach to blending indoor and outdoor spaces. The experience will also include special visits to private collectors' houses, the newly opened Rubell Museum, established by Miami and D.C. collectors Mera and Rubell, as well as the National Museum of African American Art and Culture, a newer part of the Smithsonian. Guests will also enjoy a special visit to the National Museum of Asian Art, courtesy of a friend of The Trustees, and curator-led tours of such renowned arts institutions as the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens and the Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens. Additionally, participants will enjoy dining experiences with invited members of the arts community, and a final dinner at one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the city. 

Guests will stay at the Dupont Circle Hotel, which was named one of the top D.C. hotels of 2023 by Condé Nast Traveler. It features a café, restaurant, and lounge bar with sweeping views of the lively Dupont Circle neighborhood, known for its fine dining and nightlife. Originally built in the mid-twentieth century and renovated in 2019, the space retains its original architectural charm with a modern, design-focused interior aesthetic. The Doyle Collection is committed to socially conscious and sustainable practices and is certified in the sustainable tourism certification program by Green Tourism and Greengage.

Your Trustees contact is Maddie Nelson  (mnelson@thetrustees.org). If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Customer Experience Manager Latasha Thomas (latasha@artfuljaunts.com or 781-658-2270, office phone).

The Trustees DC and Maryland experience is priced at $4,950 per person in a double room sharing and $5,500  for a single traveler and includes all transportation, lodging, and specific meals during your trip. This trip is limited to 20 guests and your booking is requested by August 18, 2023. A minimum of 12 guests is required to operate this trip.

No refund will be provided for cancellations within sixty days of the trip's start date. If the museum has another patron to fill a spot a substitution will be allowed. After the trip has commenced, no refunds are available, even if the client does not partake in all of the trip's activities or leaves the trip early. Guests should plan to arrive by the evening of November 8, departure is at your leisure on November 12. We highly recommend trip insurance offered when booking.

All programming may change and is subject to availability of hosts, collectors and artists.

Itinerary Details
  • Visit the newly-opened Rubell Museum. A curator-guided tour of Miami collectors Mera and Don Rubell's collection.
  • Curator-guided tour and welcome from Director Melissa Chiu (TBC) at the Hirshhorn Museum with a focus on the temporary exhibition and sculpture garden, redesigned by Hiroshi Sugimoto.
  • Visit the spectacular Glenstone Foundation, the private museum of Mitchell and Emily Rales, with a focus on the sculpture and their inspirational blending indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Visits to impressive private collections
  • Accomodation at the award winning Dupont Circle Hotel
  • Exceptional dining experiences

  • Visit to the newly-opened Rubell Museum, of Miami and DC-based Mera and Don Rubell with a curator
  • Visit to the spectacular Glenstone Foundation, the private museum of Mitchell and Emily Rales, with a focus on their inspirational model of  blending indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Exclusive visits to the homes of major collectors 
  • Curator-guided visit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden with a welcome from Director Melissa Chiu. 
  • Luxury accommodations at the four star hotel The Dupont Circle named in Conde Nast Traveler's top 10 hotels of 2023
  • Fine dining and cocktails at exciting DC dining destinations
  • Lunches, cocktails, and dinners with art world leaders, such as auction house specialists, curators, and artists, among others
  • The Artful app, supplementing your trip, with information about all artists, venues, and individuals visited as well as expert tools and recommendations for further research, travel and collecting

The National Gallery of Art

  • Accommodations Wednesday through Sunday morning at The Dupont Circle 
  • All entry fees to museums and collections November 9 - 11.
  • All lunches and dinners with wine November 9 - 11. 
  • All transportation throughout the group program by luxury vehicle.
  • All fees and gratuities, including hotels and portage.
  • Breakfast is not included in the program. 
  • Please note, flights, airport transfers and hotel parking is not provided with the programming.