Glenstone Museum

Glenstone Museum

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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

Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free. Temporarily closed to visitors.

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. In 2018, Glenstone opened The Pavilions, a new building designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners and new landscape architecture designed by PWP Landscape Architecture. Admission to Glenstone is always free.

Operating as usual

Here are your weekly grounds updates!

The foliage has all but fallen, though a few late-turning trees gave us colorful surprises this week. We particularly appreciated the oaks along the main path to the Pavilions, which gave a majestic splash of color to the golden field of purpletop grass. The Water Court is going dormant for the season, which means it reflects the sky much more. We may be temporarily closed to visitors, but we will be keeping you updated on the goings-on of our grounds!

Weathering Steel at Glenstone

When is it good for your sculptures to rust? When they're made of weathering steel, of course! Join us for a discussion with Sam, our Assistant Conservator, as she takes us through why a little oxidation can be a good thing for the work of artists like Richard Serra and Michael Heizer.

We are committed to helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Glenstone Museum will close to the public after November 22.

When we determine a re-opening date, all visitors with cancelled reservations will receive priority re-scheduling. Any updates to our operating status will be posted on social media and on our website.

We know that this time of social distancing and uncertainty is difficult. While we are closed we invite you to join us here on social media for glimpses into the collection, reflections from our staff, and maybe even a few at-home activities. Let us know what you would like to see and learn about in the coming weeks in the comments below!

Weathering Steel at Glenstone

When is it good for your sculptures to rust? When they're made of weathering steel, of course! Join us for a discussion with Sam, our Assistant Conservator, as she takes us through why a little oxidation can be a good thing for the work of artists like Richard Serra and Michael Heizer.

Here are your weekly grounds updates! There was plenty of lingering fall color this week as the days got cooler. Many of the oaks around our grounds are beginning to change colors, signaling the end stages of the foliage change. But we look forward to the stark and different forms of beauty that we will find as the weather changes.

Now on View in Room 1: Tacita Dean⁣

Tacita Dean⁣
"The Montafon Letter," 2017 (detail)⁣
Chalk on blackboard⁣
© Tacita Dean⁣
Courtesty the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris

Here are your weekly grounds updates! The leaves continued turning this week as the landscape slowly puts itself to bed for the season. We had gorgeous fall color from several tree species, including black tupelo and sweetgum trees, with many of our maples providing strong oranges and yellows as well. “Split-Rocker” (2000), by Jeff Koons is still blooming, and will until we receive our first hard frost.

Reptiles at Glenstone

Join us for a look at the various scaly critters that call our grounds home with Steve, our Security Manager, a life-long animal lover and reptile enthusiast!

Reptiles at Glenstone

Join us for a look at the various scaly critters that call our grounds home with Steve, our Security Manager, a life-long animal lover and reptile enthusiast!

Happy Sunday! Here are your weekly updates on the goings-on on our grounds! This past week brought some misty mornings and rainy days, but cooler temperatures continue to bring out lovely fall color, especially from the maples and hickories. What seasonal changes have you noticed this fall?

Photos from the Glenstone Archives

Join us for a Flashback Friday with Nathan, our Assistant Archivist. Nathan will talk about various aspects of Glenstone history, including one episode involving an alpaca and a well-known conceptual artist! He is also happy to answer any questions you may have about what an archivist does or how to make a personal archive for yourself!

Photos from the Glenstone Archives

Join us for a Flashback Friday with Nathan, our Assistant Archivist. Nathan will talk about various aspects of Glenstone history, including one episode involving an alpaca and a well-known conceptual artist! He is also happy to answer any questions you may have about what an archivist does or how to make a personal archive for yourself!

We are happy to share that we will once again be offering outdoor dining at the Patio!

The safety of our visitors and associates is our top priority, and so we have made some changes to the dining experience in accordance with the COVID-19-related safety guidelines set forth by Montgomery County. This includes spacing tables at least six feet apart, offering touchless ordering and payment for outdoor dining services, packaging food in compostable containers, cleaning and sanitizing tables between parties, and requiring that visitors wear masks when not seated.

We will continue to observe local guidelines to ensure a safe environment for our visitors and staff, and will announce any adjustments as necessary.

Fall color is here, and so are your weekly grounds updates! With some misty mornings and warm days this week, we’re hoping we get to hold onto our colorful foliage as long as possible. Fothergilla and maple are providing bright reds on the grounds this week, and “Split-Rocker” is still looking chipper!

Conserving Outdoor Sculptures at Glenstone

Have you ever wondered how to properly care for a 52,000lb steel box buried in the earth? (...No? Just us?) Join us for a Facebook Live discussion about how we keep our outdoor sculptures in good condition for our visitors with Steven, our Director of Conservation. He'll be chatting about all the behind-the-scenes labor that goes into keeping works like Michael Heizer's "Compression Line" (1968/2016)and others looking exactly as the artist intended for years to come.

Conserving Outdoor Sculptures at Glenstone

Have you ever wondered how to properly care for a 52,000lb steel box buried in the earth? (...No? Just us?) Join us for a Facebook Live discussion about how we keep our outdoor sculptures in good condition for our visitors with Steven, our Director of Conservation. He'll be chatting about all the behind-the-scenes labor that goes into keeping works like Michael Heizer's "Compression Line" (1968/2016)and others looking exactly as the artist intended for years to come.

Here are your weekly grounds updates! This week saw cooler temperatures beginning to move in, and the leaves are changing accordingly. The honey locusts and tulip trees are dropping their leaves this week, but the maples and oaks are holding on and giving a bit more of a show. We are heading towards peak foliage towards the end of this week, and a little into next week.

Trees of Glenstone with Mike, Our Arborist!

Ever enjoyed a walk under the tree canopy of Glenstone? Or maybe you've sat in the shade beneath the giant oak tree at the Gallery? Spend some time with us on Facebook Live tomorrow to learn more about the trees of Glenstone with our arborist, Mike!

Glenstone Museum

Ever enjoyed a walk under the shady canopy of Glenstone? Or maybe you've sat beneath the giant oak tree at the Gallery? Spend some time with us on Facebook Live to learn more about the trees of Glenstone with our arborist, Mike!

Ever enjoyed a walk under the tree canopy of Glenstone? Or maybe you've sat in the shade beneath the giant oak tree at the Gallery? Spend some time with us on Facebook Live tomorrow to learn more about the trees of Glenstone with our arborist, Mike!

Your weekly updates from our grounds: Autumn is setting in more and more by the day. Cool, misty mornings are encouraging the leaves to turn, and golden hour light is bringing the grounds and architecture to life, even while the flora and fauna prepare to rest for the winter.

Designing the Pavilions with Valentina, Director of Design and Development

Join us for a chat with Valentina on the process of designing and building the Pavilions, Glenstone's 2018 expansion. Have any questions for her about the process? Let us know!

Designing the Pavilions with Valentina, Director of Design and Development

Join us for a chat with Valentina on the process of designing and building the Pavilions, Glenstone's 2018 expansion. Have any questions for her about the process? Let us know!

Though FEAR EATS THE SOUL has closed, the experience of cozying up with a bowl of pumpkin soup can be returned to again and again this fall. Visit glst.one/pumpkinsoup to learn how to make the Pumpkin Curry Soup from Rirkrit Tiravanija’s FEAR EATS THE SOUL at home!

Your weekly grounds updates:

Today, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Pavilions opening! 🎊 🎉 We were graced with cooler temperatures this week, and some of the trees on our grounds are beginning to show their autumn color. Various asters and goldenrods are blooming in the meadows, giving late-season pollinators something to munch on. We’re looking forward to the next few weeks, which should give us plenty more colorful foliage to enjoy!

Glenstone Rewind: Peter Fischli David Weiss

Join us for a blast from the past as Assistant Curator Yuri takes us through our 2013-2014 exhibition Peter Fischli David Weiss!

We are pleased to announce that we have re-opened the Bookstore! The Bookstore is open for visitors 10am-5pm. Its capacity is limited to one party at a time, and only contactless payment will be accepted.

Glenstone Rewind: Peter Fischli David Weiss

Join us for a blast from the past as Assistant Curator Yuri takes us through our 2013-2014 exhibition Peter Fischli David Weiss!

The first full week of fall has come and gone, and though temperatures were cool, the grounds are still blooming! Water lilies, cosmos, and goldenrod are keeping us company until the first frost comes.

Compost: The Basics and Possibilities with Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer

Join us for a look into the world of compost, an integral component of our strategy for managing our nearly 300 acre campus organically. Paul will cover the basics of how to compost at home as well as give some examples for the more ambitiously-minded gardener!

Compost: The Basics and Possibilities with Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer

Join us for a look into the world of compost, an integral component of our strategy for managing our nearly 300 acre campus organically. Paul will cover the basics of how to compost at home as well as give some examples for the more ambitiously-minded gardener!

Blooming now: blue mistflowers (Conoclinium coelestinum)

Blue mistflowers may only reach to a modest one or two feet in height, but that only helps heighten its effect in the landscape: it grows in clumps and creates a low-blooming sea of bluish-purple flowers. Spreading both by seed and its root system, this plant readily forms vast colonies in areas it prefers. Blue mistflower is a fine native plant to add to the periphery of a stream, pond, or sufficiently wet woodland, as it does not fare well in drought. The blooms attract plenty of local pollinators, from long-tongued bees to butterflies and skippers. One other advantage: deer rarely consume blue mistflower because its leaves are distinctly bitter.

Your weekly grounds updates are here! This week, we savored some of the last official days of summer. We had some up-close encounters with mantises, and we enjoyed what’s in bloom: cosmos, wingstem, white turtlehead, and blue mistflower. The purpletop grass, prominent in our meadows and on our green roof, is growing in and creating a hazy purple effect in the landscape.

Glenstone Museum

Join us for a live discussion with Claudia, a Glenstone Guide, as she outlines the connections between poetry and the sculptural works of Cy Twombly, challenging us to read sculpture poetically.

Cy Twombly and Reading Sculpture As Poetry

Join us for a live discussion with Claudia, a Glenstone Guide, as she outlines the connections between poetry and the sculptural works of Cy Twombly, challenging us to read sculpture poetically.

Cy Twombly and Reading Sculpture As Poetry

Join us for a live discussion with Claudia, a Glenstone Guide, as she outlines the connections between poetry and the sculptural works of Cy Twombly, challenging us to read sculpture poetically.

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Videos (show all)

Weathering Steel at Glenstone
Reptiles at Glenstone
Photos from the Glenstone Archives
Conserving Outdoor Sculptures at Glenstone
Trees of Glenstone with Mike, Our Arborist!
Designing the Pavilions with Valentina, Director of Design and Development
Glenstone Rewind: Peter Fischli David Weiss
Compost: The Basics and Possibilities with Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer
Cy Twombly and Reading Sculpture As Poetry
Drawing at Glenstone: Staff Short with Guides Caroline and Brennan
Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt: Tracing Influence
Staff Short: "Why is this art?" with Jay

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