Exhibition Program: Potomac Walking Tour

Waterfront with a boat in the foreground and buildings in the background
The Potomac River with the John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts (right) and the Watergate Complex (left) in the background. © RiverNorthPhotography/iStockphoto.com


Join author and tour guide Andréa Seiger for a walking tour along the scenic Potomac waterfront. The two-hour tour will illuminate the history of how the city of Washington D.C. developed around its most prominent landscape feature. Seiger will share stories of the C&O Canal, Roosevelt Island and the multiple bridges connecting D.C. and Virginia. We’ll also reference the built environment of the waterfront, dotted with iconic D.C. buildings like the Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center. 

The walking tour will last for two hours and end with drinks and a tour of the current exhibition At the Water’s Edge: D.C. and the Potomac 

About the Exhibition

Washington, D.C.’s history is intertwined with the Potomac River, which flows for hundreds of miles through Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. At the Water’s Edge: D.C. and the Potomac is an exhibition of historical maps, prints and documents that explores the complicated relationship between the capital city and the Potomac, including its “Eastern Branch,” the Anacostia. Learn more about the exhibition

About Andréa Seiger

Andréa Seiger came to D.C. to work at the Capital Hilton, where the history of the hotel and the stories of longtime line staff piqued her interest. She intended to stay for two years but has subsequently lived in D.C. for more than three decades, working in tourism, hospitality and meeting planning. 

How to Participate

The tour will meet at the House of Sweden (2900 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007) and end at the museum (701 21st St. NW). Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for warm and sunny weather. The tour will continue in light rain, but in case of inclement weather, we will reschedule. Space is limited, so please register in advance.