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On February 1, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. Several years ago, the beautifully restored Terminal, rescued from destruction by a seminal 1978 Supreme Court decision, celebrated its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and a new book, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark. The Terminal’s creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design. This walking tour brings the terminal to life and highlights its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 3/25/2018, ending 3/25/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 

Instructor : Anthony Robins 

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The palace of Versailles and its gardens have attracted travelers ever since it was transformed under the direction of the Sun King, Louis XIV, from a simple hunting lodge into one of the most magnificent and public courts of Europe. French and foreign travelers, including royalty, ambassadors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists, grand tourists, and day-trippers, all flocked to the royal palace surrounded by its extensive formal gardens. Versailles was always a truly international setting, and not only drew visitors from Europe and America, but also hosted dignitaries from as far away as Thailand, India, and Tunisia. Their official receptions at Versailles and gift exchanges with the king were among the attractions widely recorded in tourists' diaries and court gazettes. Bringing together works from the Met, the Château de Versailles, and over 50 lenders, this exhibition, running April 16 through July 29, 2018, will highlight the experiences of travelers from 1682, when Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, to 1789, when the royal family was forced to leave the palace and return to Paris. Through paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, carpets, costumes, porcelain, sculpture, arms and armor, and guidebooks, the exhibition will illustrate what visitors encountered at court, what kind of welcome and access to the palace they received, and, most importantly, what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 5/11/2018, ending 5/11/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Metropolitan Museum of Art Location : 
  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Instructor : Page Knox 

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Opening May 19, 2018, the New York Botanical Gardens hosts a major exhibition exploring Georgia O’Keeffe’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939, where her paintings were influenced by the bold colors and scale of the native plants.  Highlights include a stunning display of more than 15 O’Keeffe paintings and a lush flower show evoking the gardens and landscapes that inspired the artist.  The tour includes both the gallery and conservatory.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/13/2018, ending 6/13/2018

Tuition: $60.00

Location : New York Botanical Garden Location : 
  New York Botanical Garden.

Instructor : N.A. 

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