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.

Renoir, Girl with a Jump rope Highlights of the Barnes

January 24, 2022, 3:00 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, 3:00 pm

$40.00 RSVP HERE

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, 3:00 pm

$40.00 – RSVP HERE

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

Art Lover’s: London- Viewed Differently

Sept 13-20, 2022

England has the best vaccination news in all of Europe. If you are fully vaccinated join us as we explore London differently.

We’ll find hidden gems, NOT on the usual tourist track. We invite you to join us for an extraordinary opportunity to explore the cultural capital of Europe on a 7-night program to London.

Led by Art Historian, Fiona Bennett, we will explore both the timeless classics and the vibrant contemporary artists who make London an epicenter for art connoisseurs. Our program will feature visits to special exhibitions and galleries as we see London through the eyes of those with a deep appreciation of art.

Member Price:$3,490 per person
Non-Member Price: $3,590 per person
Single Room Supplement $890

Click HERE for the reservation form.

For more information or detailed itinerary please contact:
Michelle Turner at (585) 747-1547 or mt1 @

Addional 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?

It’s Back! Mystery Tour: Private Art Collections May 6 at 12:30 pm | May 12, May 18, May 26 at 12 pm | Four tours for one price: $120

The Gallery Council Art Tours Committee invites you to participate in these online private art collection visits. Each home will be visited via Zoom webinar on a different day. While sitting in the comfort of your home you will have the unique opportunity to view extraordinary private art collections from across the United States.

These tours will be hosted by MAG Director Jonathan Binstock, in collaboration with the collectors from their magnificent homes. You will see many outstanding artworks as their owners live with them.


Travel to Spain

New Adventures in Spain

September 14-22, 2019

The Memorial Art Gallery and University of Rochester Travel Club are pleased to invite alumni, friends, and family to join us on an exclusive art, architecture and Spanish cuisine adventure to Madrid and Barcelona. Our program blends contemporary Spain with historical, as in most countries the old and new are inextricably linked but perhaps more so in Spain where regional differences run deep and have created something truly unusual. We begin in the capital of Madrid, discovering the Art Walk with its master-packed museums. Explore Old Madrid’s historical alleys and wander through its imperial palace. Hop on a high-speed train and discover the miraculously wonderful Barcelona, where our adventures will take us to Richard Meier’s Museu d’Art Contemporani, Fundació Joan Miro, and the breathtaking 1929 Mies van der Rohe Pavilion for the World’s Fair. We will also get up close to and inside some of the masterworks of Modernist genius Antoni Gaudi. Take a scenic drive along the coast to Figures and the beautiful coastal villages of Cadaques to visit the museum and home of Salvador Dali. Throughout the program, we will enjoy wonderful Spanish and Catalan cuisine.

Michelle Turner at (585) 747-1547 or email or Corinne Dagen (585) 273-2680 or email.

Crystal Bridges

March 26-30, 2019

Join the Memorial Art Gallery Council on a program celebrating American art, architecture, and landscapes as we visit Kansas City, Missouri, and Bentonville, Arkansas. Visiting these two remarkable cities you will enjoy special gallery visits and private curatorial tours showcasing the influence art has had on this region. We begin our program in Kansas City, where this urban Midwestern city has made a big impact on the art scene. Here we will take in state-of-the-art museums, such as the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, while also discovering the emerging galleries at the Crossroads Arts District. We will then make our way to Bentonville where the Moshe Safdie designed, Crystal Bridges Museum stunned the art world when it opened in 2011. Together with Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart’s founder, Safdie, and Walton have excelled in recreating the idea of a museum. Along the way, we will be enjoying wonderful meals, including a stop at Arthur’s BBQ, named one of the best BBQ restaurants in the US. We welcome you to join us on what promises to be an exceptional trip.

Michelle Turner at (585) 747-1547 or email and Andie Adams

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