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Pennsylvania

A World of Art: The Barnes Foundation, Murals & More

Revel in the artistry of Philadelphia as you visit some of the nation’s most celebrated museums, and find out why Philadelphia is known as the unofficial mural capital of the world.
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Program No. 23179RJ
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6 days
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1,649
Pennsylvania

A World of Art: The Barnes Foundation, Murals & More

Revel in the artistry of Philadelphia as you visit some of the nation’s most celebrated museums, and find out why Philadelphia is known as the unofficial mural capital of the world.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Program No. 23179 RJ
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Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2021
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1,649
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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May 8 - May 13, 2022
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1,729
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2021
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2,239
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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2,239
May 8 - May 13, 2022
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2,329
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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2,329
Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2022
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2,329
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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2,329

At a Glance

Philadelphia is home to some of America’s finest art, found in the world-renowned museums and on urban walls across the city. Exceptional collections span the breadth of artistic history from Impressionism to present-day works and beyond. Get an in-depth view of this extraordinary world of art as you go behind the scenes with local art experts, and go on a Philadelphia field trip to explore the street art of the “unofficial mural capital of the world.”
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover world-renowned collections of art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Barnes Foundation and the studio and museum of the Wyeth Family in The Brandywine Valley.
  • Explore “Grounds for Sculpture,” a 42-acre sculpture park, with a professional sculptor and view impressionist Paintings as posed in “Plein Air.”
  • Join a local art expert on a street-art excursion around Philadelphia to learn about the transformative power of public murals from the canvas to the urban wall.
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Elizabeth Anderson
Elizabeth earned a master’s in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she served as curator, for 40 years. She presented lectures on art history and gallery talks at the museum and has taught at LaSalle, Drexel and Princeton Universities. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia. She also serves as trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Elizabeth earned a master’s in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she served as curator, for 40 years. She presented lectures on art history and gallery talks at the museum and has taught at LaSalle, Drexel and Princeton Universities. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia. She also serves as trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
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Tish Byrne View biography
An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.
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A Guide's Guide to Philadelphia
by Curson, Julie P.
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, The Annenberg Collection
by Susan Stein (Editor)
Covering some of the most striking and extraordinary art to come out of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century, this handsome book presents more than fifty masterpieces by such luminaries as Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, each work accompanied by clarifying texts and comparative illustrations.
Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway & the Philadelphia Museum of Art
by Brownlee, David B.
A Layperson's Overview of Three Centuries of Philadelphia Architecture
by Hinde, Kenneth A.
Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City
by Wolf, Edwin 2nd
Impressionism
by Belinda Thomson
A readable account of the French Impressionist movement and its most notable artists, illustrated with color reproductions. This book's thoughtful analyses of individual works are illuminated by solid historical and cultural background.
A Concise History of Philadelphia
by Avery, Ron
Small paperback book telling the history and politics of Philadelphia from 1682 to 1976
William Penn's Holy Experiment
by Bronner, E.B.
The Perennial Philadelphians
by Burt, Nathaniel
The Devil and Dr. Barnes, Portrait of an American Art Collector
by Howard Greenfeld
Art collector and famously combative eccentric, Albert Barnes was a legendary figure in the early 20th-century art scene, and his remarkable life is given a full treatment in Greenfield's entertaining biography
Autobiography
by Franklin, Benjamin
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 3 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, COVID guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel or in the neighborhood; we’ll order from a select menu.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Outdoor Wall Art
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking and standing during field trips. Wheelchairs available at Barnes.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: We will ride to The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway where we will explore the collection and galleries with a local expert. This extraordinary collection, one of the greatest private art collections anywhere, got its start in 1912 when Dr. Barnes sent an artist friend to Paris to acquire modern paintings. Dr. Barnes himself began collecting what became a sophisticated trove of artistic treasures including old masterworks, Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and early modern paintings with numerous works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso — the greatest collection of Post-Impressionist art outside Paris. Dr. Barnes also collected Native American fine crafts; early American furniture and decorative art; and African sculpture. Uniquely, he displayed his collection in self-designed “ensembles” where he arranged masterpieces amid other objects. The exceptional, state-of-the-art Barnes on the Parkway facility opened in 2012.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own today. Feel free to eat at the Barnes or at a local eatery in the neighborhood.

Afternoon: We’ll be joined by a mural expert who will lead our exploration by bus to explore outdoor wall art in the Mid-City neighborhood. Philadelphia lays claim to the title “mural arts capital of the world” thanks to a program that began in 1984 to eradicate graffiti. A leading local artist was hired to reach graffiti “artists” and redirect their energies to more constructive public art projects. It has been a huge success, with expanded community-based programs that reach every neighborhood in the city, annually enrolling some 2,000 practitioners and another 18,000 in related projects. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens showcase the legacy of Isaiah Zagar, an award-winning mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on more than 200 public walls throughout of Philadelphia and around the world. Zagar’s mission since the mid-1960s has been to beautify the urban environment with visionary mosaic art and public murals. His largest public artwork is a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden filled with folk art statues, bicycle wheels, glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of mirror pieces.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll order from a select menu.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art & Free Afternoon
Philadelphia, PA
B,L
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a private bus. Walking up to 2 miles and standing, generally flat terrain.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: This morning we will head to the Rodin Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. Enjoy a short self-guided visit in the galleries. After, we will travel by bus to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. our educator will introduce some of the highlights of its incomparable galleries. Among the greatest in the U.S., the Museum has a collection of more than 227,000 works of art spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century CE and those of Asia since the third millennium BCE. Its European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the American collections are among the finest in the country. Following the expert-led exploration, we will have some independent time to see what interests each of us most. The remainder of the afternoon is free to continue independent exploration at the Museum, see more of the city, or return to the hotel independently.

Lunch: Lunch vouchers at the PMA will be provided.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free for you to relax, continue at the PMA or to explore Philadelphia. Please talk to your group leader for suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Brandywine River Museum
Philadelphia, PA
B,L
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a private bus. Walking up to 2 miles and standing, generally flat terrain.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: We’ll board a private bus and travel to Chadd’s Ford for a field trip to the Andrew Wyeth Studio, NC Wyeth Studio and the Museum all on the campus of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The Brandywine Valley became the home of artist N.C. Wyeth and his wife in 1907. His talent and imagination shaped the careers of his children including their youngest, Andrew. Recognized as one of the most important and best-known artists of the 20th century, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) drew his inspiration from the landscapes and people of Chadd’s Ford as well as mid-coast Maine where he summered. With a museum educator, we will explore the studio that was his primary workplace — now a National Historic Landmark — where he created thousands of paintings and drawings. We will be able to learn about Wyeth’s creative career and see examples of the materials he used amid the furnishings and library he collected. An educator will lead our exploration of some of the sites featured in Wyeth works of art.

Lunch: Lunch at the Museum cafe is included. You will be able to order off the menu.

Afternoon: Continue to explore at the Brandywine River Museum.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Grounds for Sculpture, PAFA
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a private bus. Walking and standing during field trips. Expect moderate walking as you explore the Museum.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: Aboard our bus, we’ll ride to Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. This 42-acre public park was founded in 1992 by sculptor and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson. We will be joined by an educator who will lead our exploration featuring recreated “en plein air” tableaux from famous Impressionist paintings.

Lunch: Boxed lunches will be provided today as we travel back to Philadelphia.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Charles Wilson Peale, one of America's most famous 18th Century artists, founded the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805. The first art school in the United States, it is also a museum that houses art by American painters from the 17th Century to the present. An art historian will show you works by Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth as well as pieces on display by Philadelphia native Mary Cassatt.

Dinner: We'll order from a select menu. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: The remainder of the evening is free. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out at 11:00

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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