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The Neue Galerie and “The Woman in Gold”

Ronald S. Lauder co-founded Neue Galerie with art dealer Serge Sabarsky to focus on German and Austrian art. Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer made famous in the "Woman in Gold" film headlines a fantastic permanent collection. During our visit, this small museum also features the special exhibition “The Self Portrait: from Schiele to Beckmann.”

Enjoy a private guided tour of this New York jewel.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: In a class by itself

The Met is arguably the world’s most comprehensive art museum with top-shelf collections in nearly every art historical period and special exhibits that often travel nowhere else. An art lover could happily spend a lifetime inside this museum. Where else can you find an ancient Egyptian temple displayed inside a museum?

Enjoy extended time to explore The Met's legendary holdings and get special insights about museum highlights on a private tour led by art historian Jeff Mishur (named as a top art guide by The Wall Street Journal).

The Cloisters: Art, architecture and gardens above the Hudson

Located on a stunning site above the Hudson River, The Cloisters offers an experience of Medieval and Renaissance art, architecture, gardens and culture unlike any other place in the world. Endowed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., The Cloisters preserves medieval enclosed courtyards (pictured above), stained glass windows, and architectural elements rescued from ruin in countrysides across Europe. Rockefeller also bought and donated several hundred acres of the New Jersey Palisades to the State of New Jersey on the other side of the Hudson to preserve the view from the museum.

Its galleries feature outstanding sculptures, paintings, tapestries, manuscripts and decorative arts including Campin’s Annunciation Triptych, an ivory cross from Bury St. Edmonds (made famous in the book King of the Confessors), and The Unicorn Tapestries. Enjoy a private guided tour of the galleries. (Photo by Jose Olivares from Wikimedia.)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): One of America’s finest collections of 19th and 20th century art

MoMA presents one of the world's best collections of late nineteenth and twentieth century art and design. Its legendary collections include such pillars of Modernism as Van Gogh's Starry Night (above), Picasso's Ladies of Avignon, Dali's Persistence of Memory, Wyeth's Christina's World, Chagall's I and the Village, Matisse’s The Red Studio, and hundreds of other icons of our material culture.

Enjoy a private guided tour focusing on highlights of the MoMA's permanent collection provided by art historian Jeff Mishur.

The Guggenheim Museum: A Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece designed for masterpieces of art

On the heels of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Guggenheim warrants a spot on our 2018 itinerary. From the stunning Wright-designed rotunda to the impressive collection featuring works by the likes of Kandinsky, van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Brancusi, and Picasso, The Guggenheim never fails to impress us.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Founded to house the extraordinary collections of J.P. Morgan, the Morgan Library and Museum features world class collections of illuminated manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts, drawings, prints, and rare books. The museum also exhibits paintings and works in other media by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Gauguin, Cezanne, Gainsborough, Turner, Degas, and Rembrandt. The campus includes a Beaux Arts building completed in 1907 as well as a 2006 addition designed by Renzo Piano.  We’ll enjoy a private tour of museum highlights.

A Welcome Reception with Live Music at The Morgan Library and Museum

We are proud to feature on this tour our signature private reception at an NYC museum venue. Take in stunning views while noshing on hearty canapes and sipping wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Jeff Mishur hosts this perfect beginning to our tour.


Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll

For the first time, a major museum exhibition explores the powerful relationship between rock and roll musicians and their instruments. Rock musicians have always embraced the expanding possibilities of sound technology. This exhibition tells the story of how individual artists used their instruments to create a unique sound and an equally unique visual identity. “Play it Loud” will feature vintage posters, costumes and of course musical instruments drawn from institutional and private collectors.. Many of rock's most celebrated and recognized instruments will be featured, representing artists across generations and sub-genres. Plus, because of The Met’s reputation, many legendary musicians are lending their own instruments to the show.

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Our tour includes the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition of Japan's most celebrated work of literature. Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, is credited as the author of The Tale of Genji, widely considered the world's first psychological novel. Her story recounts the romantic escapades of the "Shining Prince" Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the history of Japanese literature. This exhibition features more than 120 works, including paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, lacquer wedding set items, a palanquin for a shogun's bride, and ukiyo-e prints and modern manga. Highlights include two National Treasures from Japan and several works recognized as Important Cultural Properties. The nation of Japan is also allowing a first-ever loan of works from Ishiyamadera Temple -- where, according to legend, Shikibu started writing the tale.

Joan Miro: Birth of the World

In his signature painting “The Birth of the World,” Miro covered an oversize canvas using an astonishing variety of painting methods. He then added a series of pictographic markings that suggest a strange surrealist language. His friends gave the painting its current title perhaps because Miro himself referred to it as the start of something new in his career.

Drawn from MoMA’s unrivaled collection of Miro’s work and augmented by several key loans, this exhibition places the mural-sized “Birth of the World” into the context of the artist’s long career. Exhibition galleries will present some 60 paintings, works on paper, prints, and objects, in order to shed new light on the development of Miro’s poetic process and pictorial universe.

Invention and Design: Italian Drawings at The Morgan

The Morgan’s impressive collection of Italian Drawings documents the development of Renaissance drawing practice from the fourteenth century and over the following two centuries. Drawings from the earlier part of the Renaissance are a particular strength of the Morgan’s collection, and this exhibition focuses on this material, featuring works by artists such as Mantegna, Filippo Lippi, Filippino Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Fra Bartolomeo, and Andrea del Sarto. The exhibition also explores the development of different and overlapping regional traditions in Tuscany, Umbria, Lombardy and Emilia, and Venice.

The groundbreaking “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” exhibit at The Guggenheim

Would you believe the lyrical abstractions hanging in the gallery pictured above date to 1907? Well, seeing is believing! Several years before her better known male colleagues in Russia, Germany and The Netherlands made non-objective paintings, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint expressed her spirituality by avoiding references to the visible world.

Exhibits that truly change your understanding of the history of art are rare in one’s lifetime. For this reason, we know you are not going to want to miss this one. Seeing Klint’s visionary paintings will immediately call into question the myth that abstract art was the exclusive domain of pioneering men like Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich. While many of her better-known contemporaries published manifestos and exhibited widely, Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private. Convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death in 1944.

Tour study leader and host -- Art historian Jeff Mishur

Art historian Jeff Mishur, co-owner of Art Excursions, hosts this tour. In a recent article about “Top Private Art Guides,” The Wall Street Journal referred to Jeff as an expert armed with an advanced degree and “equipped to give the most veteran aesthete the thrill of a new perspective.“

Jeff is a sought-after guide for private tours of architecture, public sculpture and museum collections. He is also a very popular lecturer on art and architecture. In New York, Jeff will be leading private tours at several venues including The Met, MoMA,  and The Guggenheim.

Accommodations in Midtown

Art Excursions understands that our choice of accommodations contributes to the overall experience of the boutique tours we design and lead. Consequently, our clients have come to expect a high standard of hotel as well as a location that is ideal for walking to shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, theaters and concert venues.

In New York City we have selected a four-star property in Midtown within walking distance to Times Square, Fifth Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall among other locations.


  1. Four star accommodations in midtown for three nights

  2. Admissions and private tours as highlighted above and detailed in the four day itinerary

  3. Tour hosting, commentaries and handouts provided by Art Excursions

  4. Welcome reception at The Morgan with wine and canapes

  5. Daily breakfast

  6. Two lunches

  7. Transportation to and from all itinerary elements not within walking distance

  8. Independent time to take in what you like at each event on the itinerary

  9. Driver gratuities

  10. The opportunity to add extra nights at a special rate.


Gratuities for tour guides and hotel staff; incidentals at hotel; costs for items not specified above; airfare and airport transfers. We can book airfare on your behalf if you prefer not to make your own arrangements.  We do charge a $45 per ticket booking fee for this service.


$2,175 per person for a room with one king bed

$2,195 per person for a room with two double beds

$295 single supplement


We know some clients have a tendency to look into airfares before even signing up for our tours. We wish to offer a reminder that airfares fluctuate daily. The old theory that the earlier one books a flight, the lower fare they will pay does not apply in our era. Fare prices are driven by sale periods that are announced periodically by a given carrier and then matched by other carriers.


Our boutique tours are ideal for single travelers, singles traveling together, or couples. We typically have a mix of these types of travelers. If you wish to know why we charge a single supplement or have any other questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us.


Group size is limited. Reservations accepted first-come, first-served. For more details please email artexcursions@yahoo.com or call 630/671-9745.


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Klimt, Miro and Rock n’ Roll: New York's Legendary Museums and Visionary Collectors -- April 5-8, 2019

Featuring outstanding special exhibits including the Met’s “Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll,” the Guggenheim’s “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future,” and MOMA’s “Joan Miro: Birth of the World”

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