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A trip with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a trip you won’t soon forget. Our own museum directors, curators, and invited guides serve as your special hosts on exclusive excursions around the globe. Carnegie Museums travelers always dine and lodge in luxury, while experiencing their destinations through one-of-a-kind guided tours, visits to private homes, behind-the-scenes tours of museums and historical monuments, and adventures through ancient cities.

Whether it’s a weekend in Philadelphia or a week in Venice, a trip with the Carnegie Museums Travel Program provides opportunities for memorable discovery rarely found in conventional travel. Consider a trip today. 

For more information, call Barbara Tucker at 412.578.2618 or contact us at travel@carnegiemuseums.org.

 

 

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Travel Program is thrilled to announce our trips for 2021! We have reinstated several of our postponed trips from 2020, and we are looking forward to traveling with you next year! Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our travelers and to provide engaging content. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. In the meantime, we have launched our Virtual Curated Travel Program which features interactive virtual events that allow you to travel from the comfort of your own home. Check back for updates as well as new events, and should you have any questions please contact Barbara Tucker at tuckerb@carnegiemuseums.org.


 

HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR WITH ALBERT KOLLAR

August 20, 2020 – 1 spot available
September 4, 2020 – 4 spots available
10-11:30 AM
Oakland, On-Site *this is not a virtual event*

Barbara Tucker, Director of the Carnegie Museums Travel Program, invites you to join Albert D. Kollar, Section Head, Collection Manager, Geologist, and Paleontologist in the Section of Invertebrate Paleontology of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for a historic architectural outdoors walking tour in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Music Hall.

Discover the architectural history of Oakland and our beloved Carnegie buildings on a landmark walking tour with Albert Kollar. In 1895, the placement of the library on an ancient riverbed set the stage for the development of Oakland as Pittsburgh’s premier academic and cultural center. Notable landmarks quickly followed with the establishment of Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory, and Carnegie Tech, just to name a few. Follow Albert from Carnegie Museum of Art to the Carnegie Library to the Mary Schenley Fountain, where the view of Oakland and its many architectural buildings are on display.

Image: *The Cathedral of Learning, 1930, by John Kane

MOROCCO: ANCIENT AND EXOTIC

May 11-20, 2021

*check back soon for more details*

THE ENGLISH RIVIERA: DEVON AND CORNWALL, WITH OPTIONAL LONDON

Main Trip to Devon and Cornwall: July 12-19, 2021
Optional Postlude to London: July 19-21, 2021

Located in the far southwest of England, known by locals as “the west country,” the counties of Devon and Cornwall are situated on a peninsula reaching towards the wild Atlantic Ocean. A mix of rolling moors, farmland and dramatic coastline, this is England at its most charming.

Across both Devon and Cornwall there are magnificent castles, stately homes and beautiful gardens to discover.
In addition to our usual private house and garden visits, we will have the opportunity to see the Mayflower steps in Plymouth and celebrate the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and take a steam train as we venture into the Devon Parks.

In Cornwall, picturesque fishing ports are peppered along the shore, which explains the thriving food scene in this part of the UK. Whether you’re dining in a high-end restaurant, devouring fish and chips with salt and vinegar on the beach, or tucking into a cream tea, you can’t go wrong dining in Cornwall. There are also vineyards producing world-class sparkling wine and fine ales and bitters from local breweries.

For those who follow the authors of the region, we will visit the home of Agatha Christie and delve into Daphne du Maurier’s love of the region around Fowey where her novel “Rebecca” is set.

This trip also features an optional postlude to London. Explore this diverse, cosmopolitan city, infused with centuries of art, culture and history.

THE ART OF COASTAL MAINE

September 18-24, 2021

From art museums and galleries, to lobsters and lighthouses — Maine is not a trip to miss. Enjoy the crisp fall air and stunning fall foliage as you journey up the coast of Eastern Maine, from Boston to Bar Harbor.
Travel by private coach up the coast, and enjoy stops and visits in Kennebunkport, Portland, Boothbay, Rockport, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor. Maine is home to a vibrant and thriving art scene full of hidden gems. Gain access to homes and museums such as the Portland Museum of Art and the Winslow-Homer Studio located in Scarborough.

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Maine through visits to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden and Acadia National Park. The coastline offers a dramatic contrast of burnt orange and crimson leaves against the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the deep green coniferous forests.

Along with art and architecture, Maine’s culinary scene offers a tapestry of delectable cuisine. So, whether you’re lost in the art and culture, strolling the cobblestone streets to see the architecture, or diving into a lobster roll, a trip to Maine is unforgettable.

side view of the sphinx in cairo, egypt

EGYPT: THE GRAND TOUR

Main Trip to Egypt: October 13-25, 2021
Optional Postlude to Petra: October 25-29, 2021

Step back in time to visit Pharaohs and pyramids, King Tut and temples, mummies and monuments. The banks of the River Nile unveil themselves to you as an unparalleled panoply of ancient, historical and natural treasures. Take a special visit to Queen Nefertari’s Tomb, which is said to be the most beautiful of all the Pharaonic tombs and enjoy private access to the paws of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Explore the Valley of the Kings and tour King Tut’s Tomb. Be one of the first to visit the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum and enjoy a luxury 4-night cruise on the Nile River. Just like Agatha Christie in the early 1900s, stay at two of the world’s most amazing hotels – the elegant Old Winter Palace in Luxor and the stunning Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, where she penned “Death on the Nile.” End your journey with an optional extension in Jordan exploring the long-lost, rose-colored city of Petra, the forgotten center of the ancient Nabatean culture.

2020 TRIPS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

*many of these trips will be rescheduled at a future date

  • United Arab Emirates: Modern & Ancient, featuring the Louvre Abu Dhabi, March 21-27
    • VIP status at Art Dubai, the city’s famous international art fair, and visits to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah
  • Cultural Gems of Washington, D.C., April 6-7
    • Special access tours at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philips Collection, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
  • The Imperial Cities: Vienna and Budapest with optional Krakow and Prague, May 7-13
    • Visit the ornate palaces of the Hofburg, Belvedere, and Gödöllő; view a performance by the Spanish Riding School; and experience café society at Ruszwurm, with optional extensions to Krakow and Prague
  • Sprechen Sie Kunst? Art World Adventures in Berlin and/or Art Basel with Eric Crosby, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, Berlin: June 11-15, Basel: June 15-19
    • Experience the world-renowned institutions and museums of Sammlung Boros and Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin; and Fondation Beyeler and Fondation Laurenz Schaulager in Basel, in addition to Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs
  • The English Riviera: Devon and Cornwall, July 6-13
    • Private access to the homes and gardens of Greenway House, Coleton Fishacre, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Lammorran House and Gardens, with an optional postlude to London
  • The Canadian Rockies, July 26-August 2
    • Tour Western Canada aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train visiting Vancouver, Banff, and Calgary
  • Western Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way, August 9-15
    • Journey the coast of Western Ireland, visiting Adare, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, and Connemara, with an optional postlude to Dromoland Castle
  • The Splendors of Malta, with optional Corfu, September 3-8
    • Visit the three cities of Malta: Birgu, Bormla, and Senglea; the Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni; St. John’s Co-Cathedral; the Barrakka Gardens; and the Island of Gozo, with an optional postlude to Corfu, Greece