Enrich your Museum experience with exclusive travel opportunities. Excursions for MFAH members offer a unique way to connect with fellow art enthusiasts while exploring the globe. These trips are created with your love of art, exploration, and discovery in mind.
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Museum Travel Alliance for Fall 2016
Splendors of Sicily
October 14–23, 2016
Seductive Sicily, stepping stone between Europe and North Africa, bears traces of many civilizations, from Phoenicians and Greeks to Romans, Arabs, and Normans. Begin your voyage in Naples in the luxury of Sea Cloud II. Revel in a private visit to Palermo's Regional Gallery, a majestic Gothic-Catalan palazzo. Enjoy an exclusive reception at the sumptuous Palazzo Gangi, where the ballroom scene from Il Gattopardo was filmed. A high point of the trip is a visit to Syracuse, where you receive a special welcome and a private tour from the aristocratic owner of a Baroque palazzo.
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The Baltic’s Amber Coast
Members traveled in the unforgettable splendor of Sea Cloud II from Saint Petersburg to Copenhagen. Highlights included the captivating mix of medieval and modern in the port cities of Scandinavia and the Baltic; a private concert in the restored Saint Nicholas Church in Tallinn, Estonia; and Stockholm’s Court Theater at the Royal Castle of Drottningholm.
On this trip with Rice University’s Traveling Owls, Museum members enjoyed a memorable excursion through Italy, a land rich in history, culture, and art. Accompanied by curator Christine Gervais, members traveled from the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, to Rome—the Eternal City—and then on to the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside, and ultimately to the Venice Biennale.
In the dynamic city of Los Angeles, members visited incredible museums, galleries, and outdoor spaces. This tour included a private tour through James Turrell: A Retrospective at LACMA; guided tours of the Hammer and J. Paul Getty museums; and exclusive visits to some of L.A.’s world-renowned galleries.
An unforgettable tour of Philadelphia combined some of the city's best-known treasures and best-kept secrets. Kaylin Weber, the Museum's assistant curator of American painting and sculpture, accompanied the group on visits to the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Winterthur, and more.
Members traveling to Washington, D.C., toured many hidden gems. Highlights included a greeting at the U.S. Department of State diplomatic reception rooms; a guided tour of the National Mall by William Lecky, architect of the Korean War Veterans Memorial; and a studio tour of Emilie Brzezinski’s contemporary work.