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Museum Gems of New England: Art in Boston and the Berkshires

Program Number: 20745RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/2/2013 - 6/9/2013;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; Arts, Misc.
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

For the art lover, Massachusetts holds a treasure trove of masterpieces in its world-class museums and institutes. Experience contemporary art, illustration, classics and more as you journey from Boston to North Adams on this creative adventure! Begin in Boston, where the impressive collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard Art Museums and the beautiful expanse of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum wait to be explored. Head west to take in the galleries of the Worcester Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Norman Rockwell Museum. Get insight on collections during informative lectures, and enjoy free time to explore local landmarks and eateries on your own.




Highlights

• Learn about the adventures and collections of one of Boston’s most fascinating socialites at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
• Delight in the iconic illustrations of Norman Rockwell during a visit to his museum in Stockbridge.
• Take in fresh perspectives at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).



Activity Particulars

Extensive walking, standing in museums; getting on/off coach bus.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Boston, Mass. 4 nights, coach to North Adams 3 nights; coach to Boston, departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Boston

Home to many of America’s “firsts” — subway, park, public library — Boston is the oldest American metropolis with a dazzling array of historical lessons at every turn. From harbor to hillside, street to storefront, Boston offers history at its finest.



Accommodations
Full service, centrally located hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
  Boston, MA 4 nights
   Holiday Inn Berkshires
  North Adams, MA 3 nights
 Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.
  Contact info: 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston , MA 02116, MA  USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/
  Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened
  Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies based on availability Please contact the hotel directly to book additional room nights at (617) 426-2000
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Holiday Inn Berkshires
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Holiday Inn Hotel Berkshires in Western Massachusetts has beautifully appointed guest rooms. We are nestled in the heart of the Berkshires, the ideal choice to explore all the Berkshire museums, theatres, historic sites and outdoor activities.
  Contact info: 40 Main Sr.
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/north-adams/nadma/hoteldetail
  Room amenities: All rooms have spectacular mountain views. All king bedded rooms have a desk and easy chair and two queen size bedded rooms have an activity table. Individually controlled HVAC and free WiFi. All of the rooms have coffee maker, microwaves and mini-fridge.
  Facility amenities: Business Center Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Service Provider: Unstaffed Business Center High-speed Internet Access Service Provider: Wireless Data Connection Service Provider: Gemini Telecommunications Systems Health and Fitness Center (On-site): Cardio equipment: 2 treadmills, Elyptical, 2 bikes. Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2011 Indoor pool, & sauna. Cardio room with universla weight station On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Since this is an On the Road program, pre and post nights are not available.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-5 pm: Check in at the Road Scholar Welcome Desk at the hotel lobby You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers that night.
  End of Program:
12 noon: The bus will be returning to Boston with drop-offs at Logan Airport and South Station You will be staying at Holiday Inn Berkshires the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is no longterm parking available at the first hotel. It is recommended that participants use public transportation to get the first hotel. On the last day of the program, the bus will return the group to either Logan Airport or South Station.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Boston, MA
  From End of Program
  Location: Boston, MA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To Park Plaza Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1.70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

   

-From airport terminal take Massport Shuttle bus (Airport Shuttle) to airport subway station. -From airport station take blue line / Bowdin to Government Center -At Government center switch lines and take green line westbound and disembark at Arlington Street stop. -Hotel is located one block from exit of the subway

 

To Park Plaza

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1.70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

12 minutes 

   

-From South Station take the red line / Alewife subway to Park Street Station. -At Park Street switch to the Green Line -Take any Green Line subway outbound and disembark at the Arlington Street subway stop -Hotel is located one block from the subway exit

 
Driving Directions
  From Logan Airport to Park Plaza Boston Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Take the ramp onto RT-1A S/William F McClellan Hwy. Merge north onto Interstate 93 and take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the North to Park Plaza Boston Take Route I-93 South into Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the South to Park Plaza Boston Follow I-93 North towards Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St., and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the West to Park Plaza Boston Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. 90 East) into the city. Exit at Copley Square (22) and follow straight onto Stuart St. Follow to the 5th set of lights and turn left for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the hotel between 3 and 5 and receive your Welcome Packet from your group leader who will be located in the hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation and Welcome to Boston
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
(Monday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast
 Morning: Introduction to Boston art museums lecture. Followied by a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy a guided exploration and some free time enjoy the museum of your own.
 Lunch: Lunch at the MFA
 Afternoon: Walk to the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and take in a guided tour of Ms. Gardner's private collection. After the tour, you will have time to explore the museum on your own or return to the MFA if you choose.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own this evening so that you may sample some of the local cusine.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Museum of Natural History
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast
 Morning: Lecture about the Harvard Art Museums - the history, renovations and the future. Then take the "T" to Harvard Square and visit the Arthur M. Sackler Museum for a guided tour.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Harvard Square.
 Afternoon: After your time at the museums, enjoy some free time in Harvard Square.
 Afternoon: Continue your time in Harvard Square with a visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. See one of the Museum?s most famous treasures; the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, The Glass Flowers.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner and an evening on your own.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: The Institute of Contemporary Art and a Public Art Walk.
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast
 Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of the ICA and learn more about social and cultural contexts of the works highlighted.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own either at the museum or at one of the many waterfront restaurants in the area.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a walk around the Beacon Hill and Back Bay areas. View some of the great pieces of public art the city has to offer, including the statue of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, one of the first African American units to fight in the Civil War.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Dinner: Prepare for tomorrow's journey to the Berkshires with a lecture about the area.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Worcester Art Museum and Transfer to the Berskshires
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast
 Morning: Depart on the coach for North Adams. Along the way stop at the Worcester Art Museum and view their world-renowned 35,000-piece collection, with masterpieces spanning the globe.
 Lunch: Lunch stop along the way.
 Afternoon: Continue the journey to the Berkshires and check in to the North Adams Hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a lecture by a local expert.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Williams College Art Museum and the Clark Art Insitute
(Friday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Visit the William College Art Museum and enjoy a unique behin-the-scenes exploration of the collection.
 Lunch: Lunch in Williamstown
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, which is both an art museum and research center. Enjoy a gallery talk in the museum and free time to explore the grounds.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to allow you to explore the North Adams area.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Norman Rockwell Museum and Mass MoCA
(Saturday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum which boasts the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell's art, life and legacy in the artist's picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.
 Lunch: Lunch on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
 Afternoon: Return to North Adams and visit Mass MoCA one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. Enjoy a guided tour and some free time to explore the museum.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Return to Boston for Departures
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After breakfast, the coach will take partcipants back to Boston and make drop-offs at Logan Airport and South Station.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The MFA Handbook


Author: Gilian Shallcross


Description: As Hippocrates said, "Art is long and life is short." Through an inexhaustible variety of media, in forms as diverse and surprising as history itself, artists and craftspeople have always expressed the common needs and yearnings of humankind. From ancient works in wood, clay and precious metals to Modern painting, metalwork, sculpture and video, the varied collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provide an unrivaled telling of the story of art. This new, fully updated and redesigned edition of the definitive guide to the MFA's most enduring masterpieces provides a window on works that have surprised, delighted and inspired visitors since the museum opened in 1876. Featuring more than 500 objects, from Native American ceramics to European shoes, Egyptian funerary arts and Warhol silk screens, The MFA Handbook reproduces these works in vibrant color, accompanied by brief, incisive commentaries.



The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft


Author: Ulrich Boser


Description: Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads—and a $5 million reward—none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries. After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith's unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock 'n' roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.



Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera


Author: Ron Schick


Description: Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is the first book to explore the meticulously composed and richly detailed photographs that Norman Rockwell used to create his famous artworks. Working alongside skilled photographers, Rockwell acted as director, carefully orchestrating models, selecting props, and choosing locations for the photographs--works of art in their own right--that served as the basis of his iconic images. Readers will be surprised to find that many of his most memorable characters-the girl at the mirror, the young couple on prom night, the family on vacation-were friends and neighbors who served as his amateur models. In this groundbreaking book, author and historian Ron Schick delves into the archive of nearly 20,000 photographs housed at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Featuring reproductions of Rockwell's black-and-white photographs and related full-color artworks, along with an incisive narrative and quotes from Rockwell models and family members, this book will intrigue anyone interested in photography, art, and Americana.





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