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A Trio of Contemporary Museums: An Artful Weekend in New York

Overnight Tour

Multi-Day Tour

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 10:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NNMOD
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The New Museum

Treat yourself to an art-filled weekend escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in guided visits of three leading museums devoted to modern and contemporary art —and a night on the town to enjoy as you like.

Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfman leads the tour, which offers a perfect opportunity to become familiar with the unique character and collections of each institution. Experience the newly expanded Museum of Modern Art, which re-opened in fall 2019 after a top-to-bottom physical renovation and a re-imagining of the presentation of its holdings. The latest incarnation of MoMA offers galleries, studios, and public and performance spaces that offer visitors new ways of engaging with its art and understanding the art-making process.

Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of 20th-century and contemporary art, with a special focus on works by living artists. Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney's strikingly asymmetrical building in the Meatpacking District responds to the industrial character of the neighboring loft buildings and overhead railway while asserting a contemporary, sculptural presence.

Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.

The tour’s hotel can also be considered a work of art: the historic Hotel Edison was among the first art deco hotels in the Theater District, and still retains the sleek aesthetic flair of the 1930s in its modern design. Saturday evening is yours to fill, and an early three-course supper at the Brass Rail is included before you set off on Sunday.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*


  • Cost includes bus transportation, lodging, all activities, and the following meals: Saturday boxed lunch en route and Sunday breakfast and supper.
  • Overnight accommodations are at the Hotel Edison.
  • Tour departs by bus from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St., NW, with a pickup at the DoubleTree Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland, at about 9:10 a.m.
  • Single-room supplement $100 (factored into the Single Room Member and Single Room Non-Member pricing).
  • Singles registering at the double-room rate are paired (on a nonsmoking basis) if possible, but must pay the single-room supplement otherwise.
  • Detailed information is mailed to registrants about four weeks prior to departure.
  • Registrants may want to consider purchasing trip insurance.

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

Detailed information for overnight tours
is mailed approximately FOUR WEEKS
prior to departure.