Offering a unique insider’s view of museum collections, SAFE Tours examine the meaning of ancient objects in today’s modern world of collecting and cultural heritage preservation.
SAFE Tours are given by people in the know: journalists, archaeologists, museum specialists, art historians, people who have expert knowledge about different aspects of ancient objects. Our tour leaders have devoted themselves to ancient cultures and can speak to a range of issues about museum collections:
“Tribal Art Market”
“The Oriental Institute”
“History Twice Removed”
“Discovering Ancient Egypt”
“Egypt: Exploration and Exploitation”
“Inside the Met”
“Collecting the Right Way”
“Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures”
SAFE Tours are unique because we ask questions. For instance, from what modern countries do ancient objects come? How did they get here? Who donated them or were they acquired by the museum? How is the money raised that funds the expense of purchasing antiquities? How do museums explain to the visitor the modern life of an object? What relationship do these objects have with those still in their countries of origin?
In asking these provocative questions, in the presence of the objects themselves, SAFE Tours tell the story of the foundation of great antiquities collections, the changing trends in museum acquisition policies and heritage law and the unexpected ways certain objects were acquired.
Most museum tours are lectures which examine objects from formal, art historical perspectives. SAFE Tours also focus on selected objects but the acquisition, collection, study and display of antiquities are also discussed. SAFE Tours are interactive, provoking lively conversation and spirited discussions.
Tours last approximately an hour-and-a-half and afford time for more casual discussions with tour leaders at the end, if desired. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.