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Member Travel

The Ringling has partnered with Museum Travel Alliance to offer all Members access to incredible travel opportunities year-round. Traveling with Museum Travel Alliance connects Ringling members with other museum enthusiasts. Through a combination of curatorial expertise and behind-the-scenes itineraries they offer travelers the opportunity to see the world and experience incredible art and culture first hand.


What is the Museum Travel Alliance?

Museum Travel Alliance (MTA) is a consortium of museums whose patrons and members are passionate about cultural travel. MTA is able to offer its members access to a curated selection of exclusive travel opportunities led by renowned scholars and curators. As a member you have to opportunity to travel with like-minded enthusiasts on international and domestic journeys that awaken new insights into art and culture. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, travel on elegant chartered vessels and luxury trains, go behind the scenes of major cultural institutions, discover world masterpieces in context, and enjoy local culinary delights. Please join us!

What makes MTA trips different?

MTA develops and operates trips that include a curator, art historian, or other scholar among it leaders. In addition, trips typically include visits to major museums, archaeological sites, and tours of interesting architecture. Frequently, receptions by local museum directors, curators and visits to private collections are included on the programs. Finally, many cruise programs are accompanied by other scholars who are experts in horticulture, politics, or the performing arts, for instance, to enrich our journeys on world class conveyances.

Who is eligible to travel on MTA trips?

All travelers must be members of the The Ringling or another institution participating in the Museum Travel Alliance. Click here to view a list of participating organizations.

What is the group size for most of the travel programs?

The size of each travel program varies depending upon destination and type of trip. Most of our land programs have approximately 25 or fewer participants. Ocean voyages are usually smaller than 75 travelers, and river voyages range between 50 and 90 travelers.

Who operates the programs for MTA?

All tour programs are developed and operated by Arrangements Abroad, the leader in museum travel since 1977.

How do I join a trip?

All travel arrangements are made directly through MTA. If you would like to join a trip, simply contact the MTA at (212) 302-3251 or email us at trips@MuseumTravelAlliance.com.

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