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Around the (Art) World: Our Favorite Museums

June 17, 2015
Even in an age where most important works of art can be seen with a quick Internet search, there’s something special about seeing paintings and sculptures in person. Standing in the same room as a canvas that once stood in front of Picasso, or standing under a ceiling on which Michelangelo created one of the world’s enduring wonders, is an almost-spiritual experience for fans of either art or history.


Mitch-Stuart, Inc., can create non-profit fundraising auction travel packages to beautiful beaches around the world, send donors to the great restaurants and events of our time, but there may be no more culturally important trips than those that take people to see our shared artistic history. Here are some of our favorite itineraries that feature stops at the world’s great museums:

Even Americans with an aversion to the French language know how to pronounce “Louvre” – or, more importantly, know what the museum means to the art world. Our “Paris as an Art History Destination – Magnifique!” package gets donors inside the 650,000-plus square foot museum to see everything from the Mona Lisa to tremendous collections of Greek, Roman and Islamic art. But to see just the Louvre on a trip to Paris is akin to seeing just the White House in Washington, D.C.: There’s so much more to explore! That’s why the Mitch-Stuart, Inc., charity auction travel package also includes tours of the Musee d’Orsay and the Centre George Pompidou; the former is a repository of impressionist art from masters like Monet and Renoir, while the latter has one of the largest modern art collections in Europe.

For fans of the Renaissance, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Italy is where to go. But where in Italy (or, the place surrounded by Italy, to be precise) may be unexpected: The museums of the Vatican are, combined, one of the most often-visited collections of art in the world. Works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are highlights, but what rightfully comes to mind for many is the Sistine Chapel, the ceiling of which was one of the greatest works of Michelangelo. With so much to see in one place, taking a tour (like the one that comes with our “Discover Rome’s Eternal Charm” package) is a must.

Your donors don’t have to cross an ocean to visit a great museum, of course. There are plenty of fantastic choices in American cities, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the brand-new The Broad in downtown Los Angeles, coming in September of 2015. But not even the biggest cities have a monopoly on great collections: Our “Santa Fe is the Perfect Getaway” trip includes admission to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (the world-famous painter passed away in the New Mexico city in 1986) for two. Exhibits draw from the 1,200-plus collection of pieces to showcase different aspects of O’Keeffe’s life and work, along with the work of fellow American modernists.
Louvre
Orsay Museum, Paris, France
Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums