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Let a Museum Be Your Anchor

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Dear Friend,

A good museum can be an anchor.

Museums often form the building blocks of trip planning. Though what happens outside museum walls may be more memorable, museum-going adds structure and purpose to travel days.

Museums can give you a quick glimpse of a country’s achievements, or showcase what the culture values, or capture and preserve a historic era and way of life.

Reassuring to return to over time, museums can provide a cultural anchor, a personal touchstone, a place of stillness and understanding, a sense of solidity in a changing world.

Think of Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye visiting the Natural History Museum:

The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole... Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that exactly. You'd just be different, that's all.

What are your favorite museums and why?

Happy travels,
Andrea Szyper
Communications Director

Basel Kunstmuseum

Modern Art Lesson in Basel
Easily reached by rail from our Swiss and Alsace Untours, the Kunstmuseum of Basel offers a brilliant insight into modern and regional Renaissance art.

To the Kunstmuseum
Siegfried's Musical

Musical Treasures on the Rhine
Tour this private collection of whimsical and historic instruments and musical sculpture. Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Cabinet is a treasure in Rudesheim on the Rhine.

See Siegfried's
Orangerie

Museum as Sanctuary, Paris
See Monet's Waterlilies in one of the most beloved small museums of Paris. Escape the city's bustle in quiet spaces and vast canvases of the Musée de L'Orangerie.

Visit L'Orangerie
Untours Foundation

Gallery and Maker Space, Chester
New Day Chester is building dynamic arts institutions to anchor a local economy. They are anything but standing still. Read about this Untours Foundation investee.

Gallery Hop
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