• Visit the historical university collections of Harvard and Yale, featuring major Old Master, American and British paintings
• Explore the treasures of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the unique Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
• Learn about the collectors and philanthropists who founded public art galleries in Hartford, Connecticut and Williamstown, Massachusetts
Freelance art historian and museum professional who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Depart London Heathrow 1115 on British Airways, arriving Boston 1335. Transfer to Hartford for three nights at the Simsbury Inn. Welcome and introduction.
Whole day excursion to New Haven for Yale University Art Collection (Old Masters and American paintings), lunch at Mory’s (historical restaurant for Yale University professors) and Yale Center for British Art (Gainsborough, Reynolds, Stubbs, Turner and Constable).
Morning excursion to Hill-Stead near Farmington (French Impressionists). Afternoon: Wadsworth Atheneum (Old Masters and 19th century American paintings).
Transfer to Stockbridge for visit to Chesterwood (house, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French) and walking tour of historical Stockbridge (including the Old Mission House). Afternoon: visit to nearby studio and museum devoted to the illustrator Norman Rockwell. Continue for two nights at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Williamstown.
Morning: Clark Art Institute (English silver, early Italian and Flemish paintings, French Impressionists, Winslow Homer). Afternoon: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA, with large scale works by Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer and James Turrell).
Transfer to Worcester via the Mohawk Trail for visit to Worcester Art Museum (significant collections of Old Master paintings, 19th century American art, Paul Revere silver). Continue to Boston for two nights at Sheraton Commander Hotel.
Morning: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Afternoon: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (housed in an Italianate palazzo filled with paintings, tapestries and furniture).
Morning: Harvard Art Museum (Old Masters, American and French 19th century, modern and contemporary paintings). Depart Boston 1915.
Arrive Heathrow 0650.
16 May — 24 May 2022
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“Sarah was an excellent tour leader”
ACE customer on a previous Great Art Collections of New England tour
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour is not anticipated to be particularly strenuous, but participants will need to be prepared for spending periods of time walking and standing in museums and galleries, some of which are large. Stools are sometimes available but cannot be guaranteed. This tour involves a moderate amount of travel by coach and three separate hotel stays.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £400.
Tour director Sarah Burles writes,
"This tour takes us to some of the most important art collections in the United States, where we will be privileged to see superb Old Master, French Impressionist and American paintings, as well as many other stunning works of art. In addition, the lives of the patrons and philanthropists who created these extraordinary collections present us with a series of fascinating narratives, as do the buildings which house them – several of which have recently been redeveloped by the world’s leading architects. The beautiful landscape of New England, the historical city of Boston and the university campuses of Harvard and Yale provide a varied backdrop to what will undoubtedly be a very memorable tour.”
Cost of £3995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, seven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities for group services.
Not included: ESTA, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £620.