21592
San Francisco
Discover San Francisco’s Art Museums
Explore the Bay Area’s most renowned museums and cultural centers alongside experts, savoring unique behind-the-scenes access and enjoying a performance by the San Francisco Symphony.
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Program No. 21592RJ
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5 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Introductions
San Francisco, CA
D
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. After registration, we will have a program orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Dinner: In the hotel. This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's sleep for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum
San Francisco, CA
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Activity note: We will board a private coach to the Legion for a field trip which is 5 hours in length and includes travel time of approximately 30 minutes each way.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, enjoy a tasty plated breakfast with choices from a select menu of eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, breads and pastries, yogurt, juices, coffee, tea, milk, and water.

Morning: An art historian will present a class on the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum. The Legion was a gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, a Francophile. This structure is a replica of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris. The building, completed in 1924, is dedicated to the memory of 3600 California men who died in French battlefields during WWI. Among its treasure is a robust Rodin collection, substantial European paintings, and the Skinner Organ with its 4,500 pipes. Donors include Archer M. Huntington, Samuel H. Kress, M.H. De Young, and the Spreckels family. Following the morning class, we will have a field trip to the Legion for a docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

Lunch: We will have lunch in the Legion of Honor Cafe. Vouchers will be given to you before the docent visit begins. You may have lunch in the cafe at your convenience.

Afternoon: We have set aside a portion of the afternoon for you to have time to Independently explore the Legion. Be sure to alow time to step outside the museum and gaze at the majestic Pacific Ocean.

Dinner: We regroup at 6:00 p.m. and walk to our dinner at a restaurant near the hotel. This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: You can take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

DAY
3
de Young Fine Arts Museum
San Francisco, CA
B,D
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Activity note: We will board a private coach to the de Young for a field trip which is 5 hours in length and includes travel time of approximately 30 minutes each way.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: An art historian will present a class on the de Young Fine Arts Museum. The original de Young was constructed in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. In the 1989 Loma Prieta quake it suffered significant damage and our newly constructed de Young was unveiled in 2005. The collection is known for its fine American art, especially early portraiture, genre and landscape. For those with other interests, the museum houses art from Africa and Oceania as well as an extensive textile collection. The renowned Achenbach Collection,works on paper, is now located at the sister museum, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Following the morning class, you will have a field trip to the de Young for a docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

Lunch: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: We have set aside a portion of the afternoon for you to independently explore the de Young which is located in Golden Gate Park. Other suggestions for sites to explore include the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, or the California Academy of Sciences, all located within minutes from the museum.

Dinner: In a restaurant near the hotel, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: You can take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

DAY
4
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
B
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Activity note: Two public buses to SFMOMA.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: Cultural Democracy: SFMOMA and Modern Art in San Francisco. An art professor brings the newly reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to life. Learn about the founders, collectors, curators, and artists behind SFMOMA. From modern art patron and pioneer Grace McCann Morley, SFMOMA’s founding director, to the movers and shakers who have reinvigorated the museum for the 21st century, we’ll study the personalities and philosophies that have created this landmark West Coast institution. We’ll examine powerful works of art and find out how they came here: from Matisse’s scandalous 1905 Femme au chapeau at Richard Serra’s monumental 2006 Sequence, we’ll consider how this museum collection has grown and changed. After class, we will travel via public bus to SFMOMA for a docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

Lunch: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: We have set aside the afternoon for independent exploration. You may continue to peruse SFMOMA or venture to small museums within walking distance of SFMOMA which include the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.

Dinner: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. See and do more of what interests you most. If you like topical entertainment, try “Beach Blanket Babylon” -- the longest running musical revue in theater history. If you prefer another activity, the Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

DAY
5
Asian Art Museum, Farewell Dinner, Performance
San Francisco, CA
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Activity note: We will take a public bus to the Asian Art Museum. In the evening we will take a public bus to and from a nearby venue for an evening performance.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: A docent from the Asian Art Museum presents a class on what we will expect to see at the museum. When private collector Avery Brundage left his Asian art treasures to the de Young Museum in the 1960s, he helped launch a half-century-long cultural rapprochement between San Francisco and Asia. The de Young of that day expanded to accommodate the collection. When the 1989 earthquake made that building obsolete, city voters passed a bond measure to convert the Civic Center’s Beaux Arts library into a museum for Asian art and culture. “Asia is not one place,” says its vision statement. “The ideas and ideals that we call Asian are countless and diverse.” Highlights include a Bronze Age ritual vessel in the shape of a rhinoceros, a Korean Buddhist painting recently created within the museum, and a comprehensive collection of jade carvings. After the morning class, you will have a docent-led visit of the Asian Art Museum's permanent collection.P>After the morning class, you will have a docent-led visit of the Asian Art Museum's permanent collection. Following lunch, you may continue to explore the museum on your own.

Lunch: We will have lunch in the Asian Art Museum Cafe. Vouchers will be given to you before the docent visit begins. You may have lunch in the cafe at your convenience.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You have the whole city at your feet!

Dinner: In the hotel, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will enjoy a performance in a local venue. As details become available, this section will be updated.

DAY
6
Museum Practices, Program Concludes
San Francisco, CA
B

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: A local expert will help us gain knowledge about the roles of collectors, museum directors, curators and conservators; consider why institutions need mission statements, policies and procedures; take a crash course in art handling, storage and conservation; learn how museums aim for best practices and plan for disasters; and hear the behind-the-scenes stories about what happens when a Picasso turns up in storage, the traveling exhibit is towed for double-parking and a donation goes bad. Our program will conclude by 11:00AM. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!