20707
Philadelphia
A World of Art: Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum, PAFA, Rodin and More
Revel in the artistry of Philadelphia as you visit some of the nation’s most celebrated museums, speak with a renowned sculptor and immerse yourself in the world of Rodin!
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Program No. 20707RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
9 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Check-In, Orientation, Introductory Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: .

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00 pm- PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. 4:30 PM ORIENTATION: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel or a local neighborhood restaurant at 5:45 PM

Evening: FREE EVENING: The evening is free for you to enjoy making new friends or just have a good night's rest to prepare for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Barnes Foundation/Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts/
Philadelphia, PA
B,L
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Busing to museum. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available at the museum only.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast Buffet in the hotel's restaurant XlX on the 19th Floor

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Barnes on the Parkway to visit the Barnes collection in the galleries with our private educator.

Lunch: Lunch in included this day

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. PAFA as it is known today was founded in 1805 by painter and scientist Charles Wilson Peale, sculptor William Rush, and other artists and business leaders. It is the oldest art museum and school in the nation. The current museum building opened in 1876 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The collection is installed in a chronological and thematic format, exploring the history of American art from the 1760s to the present. We will have an educator-led exploration of this magnificent collection.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening.

Evening: This evening is free for you to meet with friends to enjoy Philadelphia's nightlife

DAY
3
Rodin Museum, Sculpture, Barnes on the Parkway, Performance
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Busing to museum. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available at the museum only.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast Buffet in the hotel's restaurant XlX on the 19th Floor

Morning: FIELD TRIP – Visit to the Rodin Museum followed by a tour of Philadelphia’s outstanding public art. Renowned sculptor John Giannotti educates us about Rodin at the Rodin Museum followed by a city tour of Philadelphia's outstanding public art and sculpture. Learn about Rodin and the “lost wax” method dating back to the Greeks to understand the process of casting from clay to bronze. We will also see and learn about public art sculptures in the area and the “one percent clause.” In the late 1950s, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority included a clause in its development contracts requiring that at least one percent of construction budgets be allocated to fine art. The program has thus far funded more than 200 pieces of public art.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Barnes Foundation. We return with a private educator who will take us through the galleries in small groups to better understand and appreciate the “wall ensembles” created by Albert Barnes.

Dinner: Dinner is at a local Philadelphia restaurant, all dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Evening: CULTURAL EVENT: Tonight, we will attend one of many cultural events going on in the city (TBA). Because our program was planned almost a year in advance, specific information was not available at the time of publication. We will post the information on this website and include it in preparatory materials as soon as confirmed

DAY
4
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Afternoon
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Busing to and from locations. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available at the museum only.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast Buffet in the hotel's restaurant XlX on the 19th Floor

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Our educator will take you through the highlights of the incomparable galleries of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among the largest museums in the U.S., with 200 galleries and a collection of more than 227,000 works of art spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the American collections are among the finest in the country.

Lunch: Lunch is at the museum. Choose from the Cafeteria or Granite Hill, the museum’s fine eatery, both operated by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s catering group. The Cafeteria offers a variety of options from omelette's to soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table. Granite Hill’s French bistro menu also features seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, the freshest fish, and specialty cocktails and wines.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: You may remain at the museum and explore as you wish, returning to the hotel on your own via readily available taxis or convenient public bus. Seniors with a Medicare card ride our public buses for free! (this may change for 2014 and apply on to Pennsylvania residents - the possible fare could be $2.50 exact change each way). The cost of a taxi to the hotel should be approximately $10 for up to 4 persons. Your free afternoon begins when you end your visit to The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening stroll back to the hotel after dinner

DAY
5
Fairmount Park, Program ends
Philadelphia, PA
B

Activity note: Busing to and from locations. Walking: 1 block between museums. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast Buffet in the hotel's restaurant XlX on the 19th Floor

Morning: The sculpture art and colonial mansions of Fairmount Park await you in your field exploration by motor coach with an educator. Fairmount Park is the largest city park in the United States dating back to 1790 for the mansions.






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