This travel program is sold out. If you are interested in being placed on a wait list, please call Cathy Boe (804) 342-9657 or email her at cathy@VirginiaHistory.org.
Join us for this members-only bus trip to Washington, D.C., where we will visit the International Spy Museum and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
The International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage—and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on this all-but-invisible profession. It features the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts to illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as to shine light on some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. The stories of individual spies, told through film, interactives, and state-of-the-art exhibitions, provide a dynamic context to foster an understanding of espionage and its impact on current and historic events.
The National Portrait Gallery was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of “men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.” Today, the museum continues to narrate the multifaceted and ever-changing story of America through a collection of more than 23,000 items in all media, from daguerreotypes to digital. The museum also houses the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. Our visit includes lunch at the Courtyard Café in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, along with a guided tour featuring highlights of the museum’s permanent collection and the newly refurbished “America’s Presidents” gallery.