First run from church steeple to church steeple in Ireland in 1752, and known as “chacing,” steeplechasing has developed a rich history around the globe. Jumping fences, leaping ditches, and streaking across the countryside in brightly colored silks, skilled jockeys and their mounts have won the hearts and minds of spectators and artists across centuries. Now run on courses ranging from Aintree, England to Middleburg, Virginia, the excitement and passion of this sport has been immortalized in countless pieces of art. Thrill of the ’Chace showcases paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s permanent collection and venues from across the country.
$10 Adults | $8 Senior & Youth | Free for children 12 & under & college students with ID | NSLM is a proud participant in Museum for All, a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums, to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit cultural institutions regularly and build lifelong museum and library habits. Individuals with a valid SNAP/EBT card have free admission for up to four people.
Museum hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily Wednesday through Sunday. The Steeple Chase exhibit runs through June 28, 2020.