Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces Logistics

Thank you very much for registering for our upcoming conference, The Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces: Scientific Impact and Conservation Practice. We are very much looking forward to hosting you on February 20 and 21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. This promises to be a fantastic program.

You can find the final version of the conference program here

In anticipation of your arrival, please take a few moments to note the following important information and instructions:
  • Upon arriving to the museum, you must enter the museum through the doors located at 8th and G Street NW, Washington DC, 20001. All other museum entrances will be locked.
  • Doors will open at 9:00 AM on both Thursday and Friday. No entry will be  permitted to the building before 9:00 AM. If you arrive to the museum before 9:00 AM, Security will not grant you access to the museum or the lobby. There are a number of coffee shops located around the museum where you can wait should you arrive earlier than expected.
  • The closest Metro station to the museum is Gallery Place – Chinatown, which is serviced by the Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains. The closest station exit to the museum is located at 9th and G Street NW. Should you use the Orange or Blue Line trains, the closest stop is Metro Center. The closest station exit from Metro Center to the museum is located at 11th and G Street NW.
  • If you are driving – there is metered street parking around the museum. This will be somewhat scarce. There are also a number of parking garages in the neighborhood. The closet two garages are located at the Verizon Center and on 8th Street between G and H Streets NW. Additional parking garages have been marked on the attached map.
  • Upon arrival to the museum (no earlier than 9:00 AM) on Thursday, February 20, you will be greeted by FAIC and Smithsonian staff. You will need to check in at our registration tables, where you will receive your attendee badge and program packet.
  • After checking in, you will proceed downstairs to the McEvoy Auditorium. You are encouraged to examine the display tables that will be setup in the Auditorium Lobby. Please note that while you may enjoy coffee, water, etc. in the Auditorium Lobby, no food or drink is permitted in the Auditorium at any time. You will be asked to dispose of all food and drink before entering the Auditorium.
  • There will be a morning and afternoon coffee break for both days of the conference. Same rules apply – all food and drink must be disposed of before returning into the Auditorium.
  • Lunch will not be provided either day. There will be a list of restaurants in the area that have been useful to previous program attendees included in your program packet. Our downtown location affords a wealth of additional eating options as well. The museum also has a café located in the corridor to the left of the information desk at the 8th and G Street entrance.
  • Due to constraints on space and security presence, coat racks and luggage storage will not be provided. There are small lockers located just inside the museum entrance. Should you wish to store your jackets, please make use of these lockers upon entering the museum. They are located directly to the right of the entrance.
  • A reception has been arranged from 5:30 – 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 20. This will occur at Cuba Libre, which is located two blocks from the museum at 801 9th Street NW. The reception will feature appetizers and bar options, at no cost to registered conference attendees. Please note that the restaurant has set aside a special area for our conference group and will be confirming guests from a detailed list that has been provided to them. Sadly, additional guests (or friends of conference registrants) will not be permitted entry to the reception area.
  • If you arrive in town early, please note that there will be a lecture given by Sylvie Pénichon titled "Caring for Your Collection: Contemporary Photographs" on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 PM in the McEvoy Auditorium. Information about this free lecture can be found here
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Wayner at or 202-633-8378.
Thank you very much for keeping this information in mind. Again, we are very grateful for your participation in our conference. We look forward to seeing you soon for two days of great presentations and lively discussion.
All best,

The Lunder Conservation Center, FAIC, ICOM-CC Paintings Group. 

Christopher Wayner
Program Coordinator
Tel: 202-633-8378
Fax: 202-633-5813
Lunder Conservation Center

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