Museum Travel Program

Join Princeton University Art Museum curators and leadership staff at some of the world’s foremost cultural destinations. These remarkable itineraries offer one-on-one connections with experts and include unique opportunities to view private collections, visit artists’ studios, and go behind the scenes at major museums. Travel will be in small groups with hosts dedicated to the art of fine service.

The program is limited to benefactors and members of the Princeton University Art Museum.
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Sculpture in the Landscape: A Visit to Long Island City
with Mitra Abbaspour
May 18, 2017

  • Visit the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, which showcases elegant mid-century modern sculptures, sketches, and design objects by the renowned Japanese American sculptor. 
  • Explore how artists are inspired by the natural world, visiting art spaces dedicated to the power of sculpture to transform an environment, interact with the human body, and raise our awareness of our surroundings.

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with Museum Director James Steward
September 24-28, 2017

  • Thirty minutes north of Detroit, Birmingham will be our home base during the visit.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Bloomfield Hills, including exclusive tours of the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Cranbrook House and Gardens, and the Saarinen House, an Art Deco masterpiece.
  • Tour the little-known Frank Lloyd Wright house.
  • Michael Hodges, famed author of Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations and fine arts writer for the Detroit News, will provide a presentation and tour focusing on Detroit’s complex history, demographics, and current
  • Other highlights of the trip are director- and curator-led tours of the Detroit Institute of Arts, home to Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals; the Toledo Museum of Art; and a special insider’s visit to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 
  • In addition to visiting some of the most important private art collections in the country, we will dine at a selection of Detroit’s hip new restaurants.

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with Museum Curator Zoe Kwok
February 25-March 2, 2018

  • Travelers will stay in the world-renowned Halekulani Hotel, a beachfront hotel with unobstructed views of the iconic Diamond Head volcano
  • Curator-led tour and special behind-the-scenes experience at the Honolulu Museum of Art, which boasts an encyclopedic collection of more than 50,000 works of art
  • Special visits to the Bishop Museum, featuring one of the best collections of Oceanic art in the world; and Shangri La, the Doris Duke Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures, a five-acre complex nestled at water’s edge with beautiful interlocking indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • A stop at Iolani Palace, a national historic landmark and the only royal palace in the United States
  • Walking tour of the Mission Houses—three homes that were fabricated in New England and shipped to Hawaii to house the missionaries who settled in Honolulu in 1820
  • Exclusive visits to private collections, artists’ studios, and architecturally significant houses and gardens.
  • Dine at some of Hawaii’s finest restaurants, where the chefs use fresh, locally grown ingredients to create inspired and flavorful dishes

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Space is limited. Trip registrations may only be received via USPS. Phone and e-mail requests cannot be honored; reservations will be processed according to the postmarked date of the mailed registration form. Please click on the trip title above for an itinerary and the printable registration form. 

If you have questions, please contact Gabrielle Markand by phone (609-258-4057) or by email (