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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A Journey to Derbyshire and Yorkshire with Museum Director James Steward

May 9–16, 2023

An Unforgettable Week among England’s Country Houses and Gardens

Dramatic gardens, pastoral hills, and wildflower-strewn moors serve as the backdrop to an extraordinary week of exclusive access to the art and architecture of northern England. With Princeton University Art Museum Director James Steward as your guide, you will step behind the ropes of some of Britain’s great estates to view treasures rarely seen by the public and meet the aristocratic families that steward them. Take in lush spring landscapes as you explore some of the world’s greatest country house collections, extraordinary architecture, and stunning gardens, including “James Herriot country” in the Yorkshire Dales. Private extended visits to architecturally important sites such as Castle Howard (as seen in Brideshead Revisited) and Chatsworth Estate (Pride and Prejudice) anchor our journey, along with trips to Harewood House, Fairfax House, and Newby Hall, among others. Tours are punctuated by unforgettable opportunities to meet and dine with renowned collectors, curators, and gallerists.

Your trip includes stays at the sumptuous and historically significant Cavendish Hotel, located on the Chatsworth Estate (and decorated by the Duchess of Devonshire herself), perfect for a private evening stroll on the Chatsworth grounds; and at Middlethorpe Hall, a William III country house outside the city of York set in 20 acres of picturesque gardens and parkland, making for a singular travel experience.

$7,795 per person double occupancy; $9,495 per person single occupancy

For details and registration, contact Gabrielle Markand at gmarkand@princeton.edu or 609.258.3762.

Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster is required to participate in this program.

Image credits |  Lower right: Photo by Heikki Immonen. Headshot: Photo by Carter Berg

Japanese Art, Architecture, and Gardens

October 7–15, 2023

 Join Associate Curator of Asian Art Zoe S. Kwok for a bespoke, luxury journey to Japan. Our carefully curated tour takes us from the heart of traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto to glittering demonstrations of modernity in art and architecture in Naoshima and Tokyo. 

Journey to three unforgettable locations: Kyoto, Tokyo, and a group of tiny “art islands” in the Seto Inland Sea.  Along the way, we’ll be welcomed by artists, scholars, and collectors, and other experts who will guide us on a personalized tour of Japan’s distinctive and mesmerizing visual culture. To top it all off, we will lodge at some of the most beautiful hotels in Japan and sample the range of exquisite delicacies found in Japanese cuisine. 

Details to follow.

For more information, contact Gabrielle Markand at gmarkand@princeton.edu or 609.258.3762.

Image credits | Right: Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)), Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), ca. 1830–32. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper; 10 1/8 x 14 15/16 in. (25.7 x 37.9 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929.