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Posted on August 15, 2014

Traveling ExhibitionsThis month, Met Adventures — a new way to experience the expertise of one of the world’s great cultural institutions, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC — takes a trip to Spain, and the medieval pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago. The Met isn’t alone, as many museums now offer similar (and invariably high-end) travel programs to distant lands, from Africa to Antarctica. Travelers are accompanied by in-house lecturers or curators who provide their own insight throughout. Here are four notable upcoming excursions:

“Tracing Ancient Buddhism: A Journey to Sri Lanka” with Met Adventures Sept. 12-23, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new series of outings for art lovers includes this exploration of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist legacy, from the monasteries of Anuradhapura to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. “The beauty of the ancient cities of Sri Lanka is unmatched in the Buddhist world,” says John Guy, the Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Met, who will be leading the expedition. “This trip will provide a window onto the beauties of early Buddhist art.”

“Experiences of a Lifetime” with American Museum of Natural History Expeditions Oct 31-Nov 16, 2014

This excursion aims to give travelers a lifetime of experiences in 17 days, going by private jet to seven see-before-you-die destinations: Jordan, London, The Taj Mahal, The Maldives, Rwanda, and Morocco. But the luxury of the trip is secondary to the insight of the lecturers on board. “Curators enhance travelers’ experience in ways that are transformative and provide an understanding of the work of cultural institutions in a global context,” says Alex de Voogt, curator of African Ethnology for AMNH, who will be one of two guides on the outing.

“Battle of the Bulge: 70th Anniversary Tour” with The National WWII Museum Tours Dec 11-20, 2014

The New Orleans–based museum takes history buffs behind the lines on several tours, including this one hosted by Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boysand The Few, among others. Participants will take part in anniversary celebrations in Belgium and Luxembourg and tour the battlefield of Ardennes at the time the attack actually occurred seven decades ago.

“Expedition to Antarctica” with Smithsonian Journeys Jan 26-Feb 8, 2015

The world’s largest museum also boasts a rich and extensive list of travel programs, including this voyage to the White Continent through the famed sea lanes of Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. Jim Zimbelman, planetary geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, will lead the expedition through highlights including the awe-inspiring ice cliffs of Paradise Bay and nearly intact skeleton of a full-size blue whale.

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