Philly Weekend, Oct 3-5

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Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art and History in the City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia, PA

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Join The Hyde's Director Charles Guerin and Chief Curator Erin B. Coe for a weekend of art, culture, and history in the City of Brotherly Love, while enjoying the educational enrichment, camaraderie, and ease of traveling with The Hyde Collection!

Day One:

  • A visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for a specially-arranged group tour and plenty of time for self-guided visits to the collections and special exhibitions, such as Photographs of Paul Strand. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. The museum also has the second largest collection of arts and armor in the U.S. Highlights of the European collection include Italian and Flemish early-Renaissance masterworks; strong representations of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and sculpture, with a special concentration in the works of Auguste Rodin.  The museum’s American collections, surveying three centuries, of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, are among the finest in the U.S., with outstanding strengths in 18th-century and 19th-century Philadelphia furniture and silver, Pennsylvania German art, and the paintings of Thomas Eakins. The museum houses the most important Eakins collection in the world.
  • Dinner on the East Balcony of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and free time to enjoy Art After 5 with live music in the Great Stair Hall.
  • Check-in at the Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has recaptured the grandeur of the original 1926 City Hall Annex building. Located across the street from City Hall, one block from the convention center and a short walk to the historic and cultural districts, the hotel puts guests in the heart of Philadelphia. Relax at the hotel or explore the neighborhood.

Day Two:

  •  Breakfast on own (restaurant & Starbucks in hotel; many neighborhood options)
  • A morning at your leisure to enjoy the history, arts, or shopping in Philadelphia!  Our motor coach will provide optional transfer to/from the Independence Visitor Center for visits to the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Independence & Congress Halls and the U.S. Mint, to name a few. Or take advantage of the purple Phlash Trolley to access sites all over the city.
  • Guided tour of the Barnes Foundation, at its new downtown home just opened in May 2012, with extensive collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern masterpieces displayed in a unique and intimate curatorial style. Afterwards, spend more time in the galleries at the Barnes or take a short walk to your choice of other attractions close by—the Rodin Museum (admission included), one of the world’s largest collections of Auguste Rodin works, including his most famous The Thinker, on display in a neo-classical Beaux Art building and gardens; the Franklin Institute (ticket purchase required); or the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
  • A group dinner at Bistro Romano an award-winning Best of Philly Italian restaurant nestled in an 18th century granary located in historic Society Hill. Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine, beer, or soft drinks.

Day Three:

  • Full American breakfast at hotel
  • A short walk from the hotel for a guided tour of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts founded in 1805 and the oldest art museum and school in the United States. The academy's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, and has a history of loaning works to and from The Hyde Collection.
  • Lunch on your own and free time at the Reading Terminal Market, the city’s historic and unique farmer’s market with an eclectic selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, pottery, jewelry, and crafts from around the world.

Depart Friday, October 3—Exit 19 at 7 am, Exit 15 at 7:30 am, Exit 8 at 8 am
Return Sunday, October 5—Exit 8 at 7:30 pm, Exit 15 at 8:00 pm, Exit 19 at 8:30 pm

PACKAGE COST: $696 per person, double occupancy, for Hyde members
                           $721 per person, double occupancy, for all others

Includes group transportation; two nights’ lodging; one breakfast, two dinners; admissions and guide service per itinerary, including enrichment program by Hyde Chief Curator Erin B. Coe; and all tips. Single supplement is $175 (for a limited number of single rooms).  As a membership benefit, reservations are open to Hyde members only until July 7, 2014.  A deposit of $100 per person is required to secure your reservation and must be received by August 4, 2014—reservations made after August 4th will be accepted based on availability. Final payment is due September 3, 2014.   The Hyde reserves the right to alter the itinerary as necessary. Cancellation policy: Participants pay a $25 administrative fee and are required to cover the charges incurred by The Hyde Collection as a result of his/her cancellation.

The tours and activities on the itinerary require a great deal of walking. Please check the websites of specific venues for accessibility information.

All reservations for the Art and History in the City of Brotherly Love travel program must be made by contacting The Hyde Collection at (518) 792-1761, ext. 313.

Questions? Contact Dede Potter, membership manager at The Hyde Collection, 518-792-1761, ext. 313, or

Images above, left to right:  Philadelphia City Hall at night, credit: David Torres, 2012; Gallery in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia ™; Lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Philadelphia; East wall of Room 18 at the Barnes Foundation, credit: Photograph © The Barnes Foundation.