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“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.” - Robert M. Pirsig
Ever since the blockbuster movie ‘Night at the Museum’, the idea of a sleepover experience inside the walls of normally ‘off-limits after-hours’ museum spaces has taken off. These adventures invite kids (of all ages) to experience an overnight stay that delivers few crowds and the chance to explore with some exclusive activities thrown in. Lucky for you museums in many Sofitel cities are taking part in the craze - overnight events can be booked at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC), the National Museum of Natural History (DC), Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), International Spy Museum (DC), Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (LA) and the University of Pennsylvania Museum (Philadelphia). Our concierge team would be more than happy to make arrangements on your next visit to Sofitel.
Reblogged from House Of Gnar
Did you know that in our quest for perfection and magnifique culinary experiences our team installed a herb garden within our LA hotel?
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
De Young in SF is the first venue in the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This jewel box of museum, housing one of the world’s most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age Paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. The exhibition features 35 paintings representing the range of subject matter and technique characteristic of the 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the United States is the Mauritshuis’ celebrated masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and the enchanting The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The painting Vase of Flowers by the gifted Rachel Ruysch (one of the few female painters of the Duch Golden Age) has been restored especially for the American tour.
Today De Young is celebrating International Museum Day with free general admission all day (Friday, May 17).
Reblogged from de Young Museum
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
George Stubbs, The Third Duke of Dorset’s Hunter with a Groom and a Dog, 1768, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, moments from Sofitel NYC.
Stubbs’s cool and accurate portraits of wild animals, dogs, and most notably horses with their owners, trainers, riders, or stable hands, appealed to and were much sought after by prominent sporting enthusiasts. It may be seen that he was also a gifted landscape painter. Although he received little critical attention from his contemporaries, Stubbs is now regarded as one of the most innovative English artists of the eighteenth century.
Reblogged from Cave to Canvas
On May 31 living art legend Ellsworth Kelly turns 90. To celebrate, museums around the country are paying homage to his myriad of accomplishments and vivid colors. One of our favorite places in Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation, started the celebration earlier this month with a temporary display of his wall sculptures currently on display. In NYC the Museum of Modern Art will unveil a show dedicated to Kelly on May 22 featuring items from his iconic “Chatham” series. And finally DC will shine with a selection of panel paintings from June 22 at the National Gallery of Art. Don’t miss this magnifique art opportunity.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
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