Glenstone Museum

Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free.

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


US Postal Service

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Azure Magazine

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.

[04/25/19]   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.

[04/25/19]   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

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

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 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 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 “Untitled,” 1996 by Ellsworth Kelly.

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

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:

Philbrook Museum of Art

Our latest MUSEUM CONFIDENTIAL episode is out! We explore Glenstone Museum with Co-Founder Emily Rales.

The show also includes a can’t-miss ad about humidity control (14:35) and a valentine to museum workers (27:50).

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There's A Guaranteed Way To Get Into The Always-Booked Glenstone Museum This Winter | DCist

Extended through April: Ride On passengers are guaranteed entry to Glenstone. It's only a Ride On ticket away.

Daily Plinth

COMMUNITY: Channeling Art and Nature at Glenstone | ⭐️ 👀 the 📺 on ⭐️ | Last October saw the opening of a 200,000 square foot, $200 million expansion of Glenstone Museum the private museum of Emily and Mitchell Rales that is situated on over 200 acres of land in Potomac, Maryland, just minutes outside of Washington DC. Although not without controversy, the Raleses have generally won praise from all quarters for their commitment to artists and dedication to creating a sublime experience for viewing their unparalleled collection at Glenstone. Known for their privacy as much as their generosity, the Raleses recently gave their first–ever television interview with Rita Braver of CBS Sunday Morning and shared with her the story of the museum, the power of the experience of art and nature, and their vision for the future of the institution.

Montgomery Community Media

Glenstone Museum in Potomac re-opened last October to much fanfare and acclaim.

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At Glenstone, we believe that art is essential to life, which is one of the reasons admission will always be free. We’re thrilled to see research from @ArtFundUK that supports this belief.

CBS Sunday Morning

Founded by Mitch and Emily Rales, the museum houses their extraordinary collection of contemporary art on a 230-acre estate.

CBS Sunday Morning

Ahead On Sunday
Mitch and Emily Rales built Glenstone Museum to share their extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art. Their goal? To make this a different kind of museum – a blend of art, architecture and nature.

UPDATE: Glenstone is closed today due to inclement weather.

Original post: Glenstone will open at noon today. Please check our website for updates throughout the morning.

There's A Guaranteed Way To Get Into The Always-Booked Glenstone Museum This Winter | DCist It's only a Ride On ticket away.

In January and February, riders who take the Montgomery County Transit Ride On bus to Glenstone do not need a reservation to enter the museum. As always, admission is free.

Getting ready to welcome today’s visitors. We are still open today until 5 PM. ❄️

Photo: Iwan Baan

Galerie Magazine

You won’t believe the jaw-dropping 204,000-square-foot addition to the Glenstone Museum in Maryland.

Join Glenstone's Chief Sustainability Officer, Paul Tukey, in a roundtable discussion about what it means to be sustainable today.

Are you in? Join the discussion at our Sustainability Leaders Roundtable on Nov. 15, 4:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Green office. ♻️ We have great industry leaders from Glenstone Museum, My Green Montgomery, and BG’s Executive Director. Register today:

Departures Magazine

From Scotland's first design museum to Glenstone Museum's stunning new expansion just outside Washington D.C., add these new art and design openings to your must-see list.

Apollo: The International Art Magazine

"Visitors are encouraged to slow down, to become more aware of landscape and architecture – and, of course, art – and to enjoy a contemplative and intimate experience."

Visitors are encouraged to take their time exploring all 230 acres of the newly reopened Glenstone Museum, writes Louise Nicholson:


After 12 years of curatorial success at Mitchell and Emily Rales’s Glenstone Museum, the couple have opened the Pavilions – an expansion that’s a fitting testament to their collection of contemporary art. Click below to learn more about the recent renovations at the Maryland museum.

NBC Washington

Hidden away in the leafy meadows of Potomac, Maryland, the Glenstone Museum features a collection of modern and contemporary art on a 230-acre campus of rolling pastures, modern buildings and outdoor sculptures.

Wallpaper* magazine

Highway-grade concrete slabs have been stacked into a series of vertical blockhouses, each containing a separate gallery, at the Glenstone Museum in Washington DC designed by Thomas Phifer:

Washington Post

The expansion of Glenstone offers a new way to experience art -- contemplative, communing with nature, away from crowds.

Cultured Magazine

At the private museum, Glenstone Museum, a new expansion designed by Thomas Phifer, Maryland collectors Mitchell and Emily Rales are displaying their trove of art in a setting that has to be seen to be believed.

The Washington Post Magazine

Back in 2006, as Glenstone, a private art museum in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, was preparing to open its first exhibition hall, curator Emily Wei went to Mitchell Rales, her billionaire boyfriend and the guy footing the bill, with a proposal: She wanted him to actually explain his vision for the museum to the press...His motivation, he tells me, was simple: to explain to those suspicious of the closed-off collector that Glenstone is in fact meant to be his great gift to the public.

Glenstone Museum's cover photo

The new Glenstone opens October 4th. Visits can now be scheduled at #newglenstone

In preparation for the opening of our new expansion, Glenstone will be closed through October 4th. #newglenstone

Richard Serra, "Sylvester," 2001 © 2018 Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Nighswander/

"An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing."

Louise Bourgeois, "Cell (Choisy)," 1990-1993 © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Ron Amstutz


To date, only select scholars have had the chance to read Bourgeois's stunning writing. Now, her foundation is sharing it with the world.


Lesson #4: Never stop making art.

Glenstone announces Louise Borgeois exhibit

"'Louise Bourgeois: To Unravel a Torment' will feature more than 30 works from the 20th-century feminist artist, including the museum’s newly acquired 'The Destruction of the Father' (1974), her first installation. The exhibition showcases early wooden sculptures, drawings, prints, textile-based works and roomlike pieces the French-born Bourgeois called 'Cells.'"

Opening May 10th. Schedule your visit now! ▫️ 30 of feminist artist’s works to be featured at Potomac museum.

"Louise Bourgeois: To Unravel a Torment" opens May 10th. You can schedule your visit now on our website! ▫️

📷: Louise Bourgeois, "Ste. Sébastienne," 1998. Ink on xerox paper mounted on canvas. 77 ½ x 63 inches (197 x 160 cm)
© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz

Glenstone Museum's cover photo

Glenstone Museum

The Atlantic Photo

The Atlantic's photo of the week, including our very own "Hahn/Cock" by Katharina Fritsch! Now on view at the National Gallery of Art.

35 images from the week - an Indonesian volcano, a Maslenitsa bonfire in Russia, Fashion Week in Milan & London, and much more.

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12100 Glen RD
Potomac, MD

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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