The Toledo Museum of Art is among 19 founding members of the new Museum Travel Alliance.
The museum consortium was created to expand exclusive travel opportunities for museum patrons and members who are passionate about cultural travel.
“Each trip is led by noted curators or scholars who offer unique insights and special access to cultural sites not available to individual travelers,” according to TMA Development Director Todd Ahrens. “These are curated, luxury travel opportunities that give behind-the-scenes access to world treasures.”
The Museum Travel Alliance will offer 15 trips during 2016. Itineraries feature a river cruise along the Lower Danube, including Vienna’s art and architectural treasures and medieval Balkan churches; sailing the Baltic’s Amber Coast from St. Petersburg to Copenhagen during the “white nights” of midsummer; and a New Year’s excursion to Egypt and Jordan by private plane. Seven travel opportunities for 2017 also have been announced.
Sea and river voyages use smaller vessels that carry a maximum of 85 passengers. Land and rail trips are capped at groups of 25.
“We think this exclusive travel program for art enthusiasts is a wonderful benefit for our members,” Ahrens said.
Information about the tours being offered to TMA members is available at http://www.toledomuseum.org/join-give/museum-travel-alliance/.
Founding member institutions also include: Amelia Island Museum of History (Fernandina Beach, Florida); American Folk Art Museum (New York); Anniston Museum (Anniston, Alabama); Appleton Museum of Art (College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida); Artis-Naples, Friends of Art at the Baker Museum (Naples, Florida); Arts & Heritage, St. Albert (Alberta, Canada); Bullock Texas State History Museum (Austin, Texas); The Drawing Center (New York); Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida); Hermann-Grima & Gallier Historic Houses (New Orleans, Louisiana); Japan Society (New York); Katonah Art Museum (New York); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, Texas); The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri); North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, North Carolina); The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.); and the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation (New York / London).