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Washington, DC: Inside the Smithsonian with Curators and Conservators

September 5-8, 2018

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Enjoy an insider's tour of three of the Smith­sonian Institution's remarkable museums and research centers, led by CAU favorite Glenn Altschuler.

The splendid National Museum of African American History and Culture is architecturally breathtaking. As founding director Lonnie Bunch III says, "The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American." The National Museum of Natural History, the third most visited museum in the world, holds 126 million specimens of plants, animals, human remains, meteorites, and cultural artifacts. And at one of the fascinating research centers, we'll have access to some of the extensive Smithsonian collections not currently on display.

Like our previous Smithsonian program, this one will be replete with exciting, customized behind-the-scenes meetings with the people who curate and take care of these precious collections. During site visits, Glenn's lectures, and discussions, we will learn many of the ways the Smithsonian shapes and reflects our collective sense of national identity.

Glenn C. Altschuler

Glenn C. Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has... > more

Program notes

  • Double occupancy: $2,735 per person.
  • Single supplement: $480 per person.
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  • Activity level: Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.


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