Glenstone Museum: Art Collection and Nature, Architecture

Glenstone, D.C.’s new must-see art museum, is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment.
Glenstone is a contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland, 15 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. It contains about 1,300 works in many mediums from post-World War II artists around the world. First opened in 2006, the museum was expanded several times in size in between 2013 and 2018 on its 230-acre campus. A significant expansion was opened to the public on October 4, 2018, with the introduction of a new museum complex called the Pavilions, an arrival hall, entry pavilion, bookstore and two cafés. The museum was developed and financed by billionaire American businessman Mitchell Rales, and is open free to the public via online booking.
The Glenstone Experience
We envision Glenstone not only as a place, but a state of mind created by the energy of architecture, the power of art, and the restorative qualities of nature. At the core of the museum is a collection of post-World War II art, a very personal project driven by the pursuit of iconic works that have changed the way we think about the art of our time.
The name “Glenstone” derives from two local sources: Glen Road, where the property line begins, and a type of carderock stone indigenous to the area, which is still extracted from several nearby quarries. We hope that Glenstone will always be a destination for all who seek meaningful encounters with art, architecture, and nature—for many years to come.
—Emily & Mitch Rales
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Contact Us:
(301) 983-5001
12100 Glen Road 
Potomac, Maryland 20854

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