SAA: Asian Art and Heritage in Washington, DC and Baltimore

      Washington, DC

      Oct 2 - 7, 2023
      Group size: 16 - 20
      SAA: Asian Art and Heritage in Washington, DC and Baltimore
      Washington, DC

      Oct 2 - 7, 2023
      Group size: 16 - 20

      About this trip

      The Society for Asian Art goes to Washington, DC, and Baltimore this fall to meet curators who will share insights into some of the most significant collections of Asian art in the U.S., specifically at:

      · Private collection of Edo period paintings and screens, and contemporary Japanese ceramics

      · The Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, which is celebrating its 100th year, where we will see The Art of Knowing, an exhibition of artworks that asks how artists and objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia conveyed Buddhist and Hindu teachings from the 9th to the 20th centuries to shape wisdom traditions; among myriad other exhibitions; as well as two other curator-led tours

      · The Textile Museum, where we will spend time with one of the world’s most significant textile study collections of handmade textile art representing five continents and five millennia

      · Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), where we will have a private session with its Chinese and Japanese works on paper, and a tour of its Asian art gallery filled with exquisite rarities

      · The Walters Art Museum which, after a multi-year renovation, will open in spring 2023 its Across Asia exhibition. Spanning the museum’s entire 4th floor, it highlights the connections among art, cultures, religions, and ideas across the vast geography of Asia, and includes examples of architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, cloisonné, enamelwork, lacquerware, manuscripts, metalwork, painting, sculpture, and textiles. 

      Rounding out our tour program will be docent-led tours to sites acclaimed for collections of great and singular renown:

      · Evergreen, a Gilded Age mansion that is home to a world-class collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books, and manuscripts assembled by two generations of Baltimore’s civic-minded Garrett family (1878-1952)

      · American Visionary Art Museum, with 67,000 square feet of exhibition space on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor dedicated to “outsider art” 

      There will be time, too, to see the Cone Collection at the BMA of works by Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro, Courbet, and Degas.  

      You are welcome to check-in to the group hotel in Washington, DC, a day or two ahead to visit the Phillips Collection, Hillwood House, and many other world-class museums too numerous to mention.

      Accommodations will be in four-star boutique hotels in Washington, DC, and Baltimore well located for dining options in walking distance and easy access to sites. 

      A final, updated Itinerary will be sent to you two weeks prior to the tour. 

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        Five nights total: three nights at Hotel Madera in Washington, D.C.; and two nights at Hotel Revival in Baltimore
      • Meals
        Hot breakfast daily, one welcome reception with two glasses of wine per person and a cheese-and-charcuterie platter, and one farewell dinner including wine
      • Private collection
        As indicated in the itinerary
      • Curator and Docent Tours
        As indicated in the itinerary
      • Entrance Fees
        Entrances to the following sites featured in the itinerary: Textile Museum; Evergreen Museum and Library; and American Visionary Museum
      • Transportation
        Transportation by coach on Wednesday, October 4th (4 hours); and Thursday, October 5th (9 hours), as indicated in the itinerary
      • WiFi
        Complimentary WiFi internet access at the hotels

      What’s not included

      • Travel Expenses
        To Washington, DC, and from Baltimore
      • Airport transfers
        To and from the hotels
      • Porterage
        Upon check-in and check-out at the hotels
      • Housekeeping gratuities
        $3 per room per day is suggested
      • Transportation
        From and between sites, as indicated in the itinerary, except on October 4th in the afternoon, and October 5th
      • Gratuities
        For hotel staff, local guides and drivers
      • Meals
        Meals and beverages not otherwise included
      • Items for personal use
        Including phone and fax charges, minibar, and laundry services
      • Non-group tickets
        Event and performance tickets arranged on your own
      • Travel Insurance
        Information will be provided upon sign-up

      Available Packages

      Per person, based on double occupancy
      Per person, based on single occupancy

      Available options

      Pre-Tour Extra Night, King Bed

       Per room, per night, Including tax, excluding breakfast 

      Pre-Tour Extra Night, 2 Queen Beds

      Per room, per night, Including tax, excluding breakfast

      Hotel Revival Upgrade: Premium View King

       $50 per room per night x 2 nights, or $100 total (subject to availability)

      Hotel Revival Upgrade: Junior Suite

       $50 per room per night x 2 nights, or $100 total (subject to availability) for a King or 2 Double Beds

      Hotel Revival Upgrade: Premium Jr Ste K

        $125 per room per night x 2 nights, or $250 total (subject to availability)  

      Hotel Revival Upgrade: Prem Jr Ste 2 Bed

       $150 per room per night x 2 nights, or $300 total (subject to availability)   


      Monday, October 2nd


      Welcome to Washington, DC!  Transfer to the hotel independently.

      Driving Distances Worth Knowing

      DCA to Hotel Madera: 6-7 miles, 20 minutes

      Check in to Hotel Madera, a four-star boutique hotel located a five-minute walk to Dupont Circle, with many restaurants nearby.

      ADDRESS: 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

      Rooms reserved for the Society for Asian Art group offer a choice of one king or two queen beds. Its highly regarded restaurant, Firefly, features New American cuisine. Please note there is a limited supply of rooms with two beds, which will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.


      All overnight guests enjoy:

      · Signature bathroom amenities

      · Complimentary Wi-Fi

      · In-room security safe to store your valuables

      · Windows that open

      · In-room wellness equipment

      · Iron and ironing board

      · Blow dryer

      · Hot water kettle with Colombe coffee & tea

      7:00 p.m.   After getting settled, gather in a reserved area of the lobby bar for a Welcome Reception and Orientation.  A cheese-and-charcuterie platter and drinks (up to two glasses of wine or cocktails) are included in the Tour Price.

      Dinner on your own. A List of Suggested Restaurants will be provided.

      Overnight Washington, DC

      IMAGE:  Freer Gallery of Art Courtyard

      Your Organizer

      Tour Advisor Meg MacDonald at Travel Muse
      Mūse, n. [L. musa; Gr. mousa] 1. In Greek mythology, any of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who presided over the fine arts and science. 2. The spirit regarded as inspiring a poet or other artist; source of genius or inspiration. Travel Muse has 30+ years' experience creating tours to inspire, including Director’s and President’s Circle Tours; Connoisseur Tours; and Study Tours. Tours of the highest standard are designed for fine and decorative art organizations, botanic gardens, historic societies, & culinary groups.