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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POSTPONED | Dutch Masterpieces at the Met

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Join Ronni Baer, the Princeton University Art Museum's Adler Distinguished Curator, for a day excursion to New York City. Explore seventeenth-century Dutch paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and enjoy an exclusive tour of an extraordinary private collection on the Upper East Side. 

We start the day with the exhibition In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met, where Ronni will be joined by the Met's Adam Eaker, assistant curator of European paintings. Then, after a luxurious lunch in the Dining Room at the Met, we visit the Upper East Side home of Art Museum patrons whose spectacular, wide-ranging collection includes characterful masterworks, from medieval manuscripts and sculpture to old master drawings to contemporary works in various media. 

Your guide for the day, Ronni Baer, is a renowned scholar of the art of the seventeenth century and of the history of collecting. She served as senior curator of European paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for nearly twenty years before joining the Princeton University Art Museum in 2019, where she is the curator of the exhibition Looking at Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings, which will be on view September 5, 2020, to January 24, 2021.

$235 per person (includes bus transportation, lunch, and entrance fees)

Members at the Curator’s Circle Level ($500 annually) or above receive priority registration. Remaining spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis to current Museum Members.

Click here for the registration form. For more details, contact Lee Klocksin at lklocksin@princeton.edu or 609.258.4057.

Louisville (SOLD OUT)

April 21-24, 2020

Join James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director, for an exploration of the sometimes surprising, always engaging art scene in and around historic Louisville, Kentucky.

This four-day journey will feature exclusive access to private art collections, visits to galleries in the city’s dynamic downtown, and behind-the-scenes tours at world-class museums. The beloved Brown Hotel will be our home base as we explore the area, from Kentucky’s renowned thoroughbred farms, private estates, and rolling hills to downtown “NuLu’s” newest galleries, leading museums, and coolest distilleries.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Exclusive access to the homes of leading collectors of modern and contemporary art, including one of the most spectacular private collections in the country.

• An insider’s view of 21c, founded by collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. 21c’s changing exhibitions, sitespecific installations, and cultural programming reflect the global nature of contemporary culture.

• Special-access tours of KMAC, featuring contemporary art curated to foster creative thinking, big ideas, and exploration.

• A curator-led visit to the Speed Art Museum. Long known for the history and quality of its collections, the Speed has recently expanded to include new space for modern art and temporary exhibitions.

Cost: $1,935 per person for double occupancy; $2,260 per person for single occupancy Cost includes Lodging, all meals, and all admission and tour fee

To join the waitlist, please email gmarkand@princeton.edu

Ireland (SOLD OUT)

October 2–9, 2020

Embark on an extraordinary week of exclusive access to the art, architecture, and gardens of the Emerald Isle. Join James Steward, director of the Princeton University Art Museum, whose groundbreaking research and deep personal relationships form the bedrock of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Locked doors will open to some of the finest, invitation-only art collections in Ireland, from private townhouses to exclusive country estates. We will be guided along the way by legendary collectors, keepers of centuries-old castles, and the guardians of some of Dublin’s most precious masterpieces.

Many of the private collectors who will be hosting us have asked that we not share their names publicly—indeed, travelers will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements—but a few highlights of this bespoke trip’s invitation-only experiences include:

  • Rory Guinness, scion of the famed brewing dynasty and philanthropist, will guide us through his family’s legendary art collection, take us to the private studio of one of Dublin’s most exciting contemporary artists, and introduce us to the Hon. Desmond and Penny Guinness at their home, one of the oldest castles in Ireland.
  • Exclusive access to Marsh’s Library in the company of the head librarian, who will reveal stories behind the 25,000 volumes in the historic collection, including the most spectacular bindings, rarest manuscripts, first editions, and original colonial maps of America.
  • A private tour of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where the cathedral verger will escort us through thirteenth-century highlights, including the bell room, the tower (open by invitation only), and the magnificent stained-glass west window. Then we’ll dine with the dean in his period home, where Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels in 1726.
  • Private visits to seldom-seen, invitation-only estates, including the country’s preeminent Georgian mansion, a three-night stay at Glin Castle, and tours of Kilboy House, Birr Castle, and other private homes and gardens that are among the finest in Europe.

Throughout our eight-day stay in the Emerald Isle, our lodgings will be as deluxe as the art, architecture, and gardens we will visit, including the Merrion Hotel in Dublin; Cliff at Lyons in Kildare; and Glin Castle.Full Ireland experience, including all accommodations and meals: $8,300 per person, with a $2,000 single supplement.

To join the waitlist, please email gmarkand@princeton.edu