Upcoming Inkwell Museum Tours
The Inkwell has temporarily postponed the Museum Tours due to the tough economic climate; the tour ticket price we would be able to offer our customers is no longer within a comfortable range. We intend to run more tours in the future, and will keep you posted so don't worry about missing a tour.
Previous Inkwell Museum Tours
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Edward Hopper’s luminous paintings captured classic images of middle-class America and made him one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition focuses on the period of Hopper’s greatest achievements—from about 1925 to mid-century—during which he produced many works now considered icons of American art. Comprising fifty oil paintings, thirty watercolors, and twelve prints, including the favorites Nighthawks, Chop Suey, and Lighthouse and Buildings, Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, this exhibition's comprehensive appraisal of Hopper is not to be missed.
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue. Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
Tickets are $70. Tickets include: morning coffee and pastries at Inkwell, round-trip private motorcoach, museum entrance fee, Hopper Exhibition Ticket, professional guided tour, and refreshments at Inkwell at the day’s end. You may reserve your spot today by calling, emailing, or stopping by the Inkwell.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Join the Inkwell on a tour of the brand-new location of the Institute of Contemporary Art.
The ticket price is $60, and includes morning coffee and pastry, round-trip private bus, entrance to the museum, professional guided tour, and wine & cheese upon return. There will be a break for lunch. The museum features the Water Cafe created by Wolfgang Puck. The waterfront offers a variety of other restaurants from which to choose. Click here to view the details of the Water Cafe.
Click here to view other restaurants in walking distance of the museum. unveiled its new home on Boston's waterfront. After seventy years at the leading edge of art in the city, the new, visionary building is poised to capture the stimulation of contemporary culture and the excitement of a revitalized waterfront area.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Americans in Paris
The museum will provide a professional guide for our group while touring the Americans in Paris. The price for the excursion will include: good morning pastry and coffee at the Inkwell, round-trip private motorcoach, tip for the driver, entrance to the museum, guided tour, and at the day’s end... some surprises on the return trip home. You are free to have lunch on your own at the museum's restaurant or cafe. After the guided tour of the Americans in Paris, the group will be given time to explore the rest of the museum on their own.
“When today we look for ‘American art’ we find it mainly in Paris. When we find it out of Paris, we at least find a good deal of Paris in it.” —Henry James, 1887
Explore the romance and magnetic attraction of the French capital to nineteenth-century American artists through the irresistible “Americans in Paris.” From about 1860 to 1900, hundreds of American painters traveled to the capital of the western art world to enroll in art schools, to establish their artistic reputations, or to join the city’s significant American expatriate community. The cosmopolitan city's influence is evident in the vibrant paintings and sculpture by some of America’s most celebrated artists, including James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Mary Cassatt.
Tickets are $65.00. If you already hold tickets for the Americans in Paris exhibit, the Inkwell Tour would be $45.00.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Guided Tour
Special exhibit of the only U.S. exhibition of Bellini and the East
Tickets are $30.00 non-refundable. Includes pastry and coffee at the Inkwell, round-trip bus fare, entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and guided tour by professional Garner Museum tour guides. Please purchase tickets in advance. A reservation has been made at the Gardner Cafe for those who wish to purchase lunch.
Previous Inkwell Museum Tours
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
The Peabody Essex Museum is America’s oldest continuously operating museum.
It was founded in 1799, sixteen years after the establishment of the nation and nearly three-quarters of a century before the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, many ranking among the finest of their kind, exceed 2.4 million works of art and culture. Peabody Essex collections also encompass twenty-four historic buildings, including four National Historic Landmarks, five National Register buildings, and our most recent architecture acquisition, Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house located outside China.
The guided tour will start with a tour of the Yin Yu Tang, a late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese merchant's house; it is the only installation of its kind in North America. Click here to view more details about the Yin Yu Tang.
Tickets are $60.00 non-refundable. Please purchase tickets in advance. Includes pastry and coffee at the Inkwell, round trip private bus, entrance to the Peabody Essex, and guided tour by an employee of the Museum.
The other focus of the tour will be the special exhibit at the Peabody Essex:
Painting Summer in New England
New England is renowned for the summer delights and leisure activities afforded by its mountains, villages, and seacoast. Since the 19th century, painters have gathered in New England to capture these activities and landscapes on canvas. In Painting Summer in New England, guest curator Trevor Fairbrother assembles an astonishing array of paintings, ranging from the 1850s to the present, including works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Andrew Wyeth, Stuart Davis, George Bellows, Marguerite Zorach, Edward Hopper, Lois Dodd, and Alex Katz. While some works reflect the leisure activities of the summer, others touch on the counterpoints of city living, rural existence, and the impact on natural settings and resources.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Guided Tour
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Last year it was visited by 5.2 million people.
To view the special exhibitions that are currently at the Met, please click here.
Tickets are $75.00 non-refundable. Includes pastry and coffee at the Inkwell, round-trip private bus, entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Guided Tour led by Susan M. Pennington, M.A. Our popular tours sell out quickly, so please purchase tickets in advance at The Inkwell. The morning pastries are donated by Michael Flaherty, manager of Roche Bros., and snacks during the bus ride are donated by Cape Cod Potato Chips. Thanks to both for their support of the Met Tour!
Clark Art Institute & Williams College Art Collection
The Clark collection is best known for an extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings, which take their place within a wider ensemble of masterworks that date from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. The Clark continues to collect in the fields of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs as well as decorative arts including additions to its already extensive collection of British and American silver. The Williams College collection is based on modern and contemporary American art.
Tickets are $50.00 non-refundable. Includes pastry and coffee at the Inkwell, round trip bus fare, entrance to the two museums and guided tour by Susan M. Pennington, M.A. Please purchase tickets in advance. Box lunch is available for an additional charge.
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