Washington D.C. Chapter

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The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a 501c(3) interfaith group that is committed to the restoration, preservation and increase in artistic patrimony of the collections and buildings of the Vatican Museums, while furthering the understanding and knowledge of its members of these works of art through lectures, meetings and visits to the Vatican.

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  • New Membership Policy coming in 2018

    In an effort to give all our members plenty of notice, the Board of Directors for the Washington DC Chapter has voted to adopt a new membership policy for its members beginning January, 2018. After much discussion, it was decided to adopt a new policy that ALL memberships will be renewed in January of each […]

  • Proposed 2017 Chapter Trip to Rome

    You can help us plan for 2017 by dropping us an email if you would be interested in attending the 2017 Chapter Trip to Rome. We generally plan our visit in May or June. It is 6 nights and 7 days with wonderful private tours behind the scenes at the Vatican Museums, Mass in the Pantheon, reserved […]

  • 20th Anniversary Dinner – Save the Date

    It’s our 20th Anniversary and you won’t want to miss our annual dinner at the Nunciature Saturday, December 3, 2016. We have achieved 20 years thanks to your continued generosity and support. You will meet our new Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre who arrived in Washington this Spring. Remember, for all members in good standing, the […]

  • Father and Son’s Enchanting Day at the Museums and St. Pietro Mosaic Studio

    Father and son Patrons, Joe and Peter Lomax, enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Vatican Museums on March 15, 2016.  Upon arriving at the Patron’s Entrance at 8:00 AM, they were cheerfully greeted by Samantha de Carolis, their guide for the day.  After starting the tour with the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, they […]

  • Patrons Enjoy Visit to Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

    DC Patrons Visit Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens: More than a dozen Washington Patrons gathered at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens on Saturday, June 4, 2016 for a guided tour of the mansion viewing the marvelous collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Russian art exhibit featuring the paintings of Konstantin Makovsky. The mansion has the most […]

  • Qualified Charitable Distributions

    Patrons who are over age 70 ½ and have Traditional IRA accounts must take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) in 2016 and subsequent years. These RMD’s are subject to Federal taxes and are taxable in many states. You can avoid those taxes by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Congress made permanent the provision to exclude QCD’s […]

  • 2015 Annual Dinner

    The Washington Chapter enjoyed a wonderful Annual Dinner on Saturday, December 5th, 2015.   Archbishop Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, hosted the chapter at the Nunciature.  The cocktail hour afforded members the opportunity to socialize with members from other chapters who were visiting DC. After the delicious dinner, we were honored with a […]

  • Lunch on the Etruscan Terrace

    On Monday, May 18th, following their tour of the Restoration Laboratories, the Patrons were treated to a wonderful lunch on the Etruscan Terrace overlooking the Museums.  A wonderful venue and a memorable day…

  • Restoration Laser in Use

    During the 2015 Chapter Trip to Rome in May, the DC Patrons were shown the ArtLight II Laser that was donated by the DC Chapter.  This laser is used for cleaning extremely delicate works of art without damaging them.  The chief conservator was extremely thankful to the Chapter for funding the equipment.  He told us […]