Art Travel

Our ART LOVER’S tours are organized and sponsored by the Gallery Council to benefit MAG and are open to all interested travelers. Click HERE to become a Gallery Council member.

For questions or assistance, please contact the Gallery Council at gallerycouncil @ or (585) 276-8910.

Art Lover’s London – Viewed Differently

September 13-21, 2022

England has one of the best vaccination news in all of Europe. Join us for a safe and exciting tour of hidden gems most tourists don’t experience. Led by an engaging and knowledgeable art historian, we’ll explore both timeless classics and vibrant contemporary artists.

MAG’s Director, Jonathan Binstock, will guide us through a visit to the famous young British artist Isaac Julian’s studio whose work appeared at MAG in 2019. Jonathan has also arranged a special treat— a visit to a private art collection, a secret until it’s revealed in London. As with his previous private collection visits, this will undoubtedly be a highlight of the trip.

For questions or a detailed itinerary, email Michelle Turner at or call 585.747.1547. 

Additional Art Tours to Look Forward To

The Art Tours committee continues to plan future trips so that once it is safe to travel again, we’ll be ready to immediately start scheduling them. Below is a list of trips to look forward to:

  • As a follow up to MAG’s Andy Warhol exhibit, we’ll be visiting the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as well as other museums and galleries in the art-rich city.
  • Encaustic Art at MAG + Encaustic Workshop – tour encaustic art on a docent led tour of MAG and then create your own encaustic art
  • Ceramic Art at MAG + Ceramic Glazing – tour ceramic art on a docent-led tour of MAG and then create your own glazed art
  • Workshop Hidden Galleries of Rochester – we’ll explore small galleries that are new to many of us
  • Johnson Museum + Cornell Campus Sculpture (Ithaca) – we’ll travel to Ithaca to explore the art on the Cornell campus and their extensive greenhouses
  • Arkell Art Museum (Canajoharie) + Fenimore Art Museum (Cooperstown) – we’ll take an overnight trip to discover wonderful art just a few hours away
  • Stratford Theater Festival (Stratford, Canada) – we’ll continue our tradition of visiting the charming town of Stratford while seeing three plays at the Festival
  • Art Lovers’ International Tour: Berlin – the Berlin tour was postponed from Sept 2020 but it’s all ready to go whenever it’s safe to travel again
  • Art Glass Tour of MAG + Make Your Own Glass Ornament Workshop – in Nov/Dec 2021 tour MAG’s glass art on a Docent-led tour and then create your own holiday ornament

Details for all of the above trips will follow as soon as it’s safe to travel.

The Memorial Art Gallery’s tour operator, Distant Horizons, is a California Seller of Travel (CST #2046776-40) and a participant in the California Travel Restitution Fund. Information regarding the rights of California residents to make a claim may be found at California law requires certain sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. Distant Horizons has a trust account.

For more information on this and other upcoming trips, or to be added to our priority email list, email the Gallery Council Office or call 585.276.8910.

See what you missed!

Renoir, Girl with a Jump rope Highlights of the Barnes

January 24, 2022 | 3 pm

A special private docent-led tour just for us! No need to drive to Philadelphia. You can enjoy this amazing museum from the comfort and safety of your home via Zoom.

The Barnes has 900 paintings in its collection: the collection includes 181 paintings by Pierre-August Renoir, the largest in the world, as well as 69 by Cezanne, 59 by Matisse, 46 by Picasso, Degas, van Gogh, and every other impressionist painter you have ever admired. Its founder, Dr. Albert Barnes, collected only the very best masterpieces. It’s an amazing collection.

Image credit: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a Jump Rope, 1876.

Anna Christina Olsen,  Andrew Wyeth, 1967Andrew Wyeth at the Brandywine River Art Museum

February 28, 2022 | 3 pm

The Brandywine region in southern Pennsylvania has been, and continues to this day, to be the home of the Wyeth family of artists.

Our private docent-led virtual tour will show us the highlights of the museum with a focus on Andrew, including a tour of his recently opened studio.

Image Credit: Andrew Wyeth, Anna Christina Olsen, 1967.

portrait of Andy WarholPrince of Pop: Andy Warhol’s Life and Times

March 23, 2022 | 3 pm

Join us on a virtual tour of the Warhol Museum! Led by a knowledgeable Warhol docent, this interactive tour introduces Warhol’s biography and explores highlights of the museum’s permanent collection, including works of art, film, and archival objects.

Some of his most notable artworks include 1960s pop art paintings of consumer products, including Coke and Campbell’s soup cans, as well as portraits of stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley.

We hope you can attend this entertaining tour as we continue our journey of touring regional museums from the comfort of your living room.

Image Credit: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (Fright Wig), 1986. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg; Founding Collection, Contribution. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. (c) The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.2890


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