Delve into exceptional art collections in Philadelphia and its environs accompanied by art historian Jason LaFountain. 

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 <i>Diamond Shoal</i>, Winslow Homer (1836-1910). Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art  <i>The Drowning</i>, N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945). Credit: Brandywine River Museum  Winterthur's Port Royal Parlor.  Credit: Gavin Ashworth  Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Credit: Bob Leitch  Philadelphia’s dramatic skyline. Credit: B. Krist for GPTMC  Philadelphia Museum of Art. Credit: B. Krist for GPTMC  The modern architecture of The Barnes Foundation/Philadelphia  Gallery at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC

American Art in Philadelphia

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Delve into exceptional art collections in Philadelphia and its environs accompanied by art historian Jason LaFountain. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Delve into exceptional art collections in Philadelphia and its environs accompanied by art historian Jason LaFountain.

  • Philadelphia: At the Philadelphia Museum of Art see the remarkable American galleries, plus the special exhibition American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. Take a private tour of the famous Barnes Foundation and visit the special exhibition World War I and American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
  • Brandywine Valley: View the premier collection of American decorative arts at Winterthur and enjoy a curator-led tour at the Brandywine Museum of Art.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Philadelphia

Individual arrivals at the Sofitel Philadelphia. Gather for a welcome reception, opening remarks, and lovely dinner with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert­. (R,D)

Day 2 — Philadelphia

Enjoy breakfast followed by a morning lecture with your expert. Spend the late morning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where you’ll tour the museum’s American galleries, featuring Charles Willson Peale’s Staircase Group, Thomas Eakins’s Gross Clinic, and Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation,  as well as the exhibition American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. Afterward, you’ll have time to explore the other collections. Gather for a sumptuous lunch at the award-winning Osteria. In the late afternoon depart for the Barnes Foundation, where you’ll receive an exclusive tour while the museum is closed to the public. Gain insight into this renowned collection of modern masterpieces, displayed in their unique original arrangement in a new building, and learn more about the life of collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951). This evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Day 3 — Brandywine Valley

This morning enjoy breakfast at the Sofitel and depart early for Winterthur, the home of Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860. Receive a curatorial lecture followed by a guided tour of the 175-room home by expert docents, then a delicious luncheon on-site. Next, you’ll visit the Brandywine River Museum of Art and tour the American collection with a curator. Return to Philadelphia late in the day and eat dinner on your own. (B,L)

Day 4 — Philadelphia

After another delightful breakfast at the Sofitel, take in a closing lecture by your expert. Following a sumptuous lunch, you’ll journey to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Your visit will include a guided tour of World War I and American Art, the first major museum exhibition to explore how American artists reacted to the First World War, followed by a question and answer session with museum staff. Then return to the hotel for a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Philadelphia

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure followed by individual departures from the hotel. (B)